Hindi: Rann of Kutch

Discussion in 'Indo-Iranian Languages' started by lcfatima, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. lcfatima Senior Member

    In a teapot
    English USA
    How is Rann of Kutch written in devnagari?
  2. marrish Senior Member

    اُردو Urdu
    Hi, do you mean the transcription or the translation?
  3. lcfatima Senior Member

    In a teapot
    English USA
    Transcription. Nastaliq will also do. I just wanted to know how to pronounce the vowel in Rann.
  4. marrish Senior Member

    اُردو Urdu
    I believe it is रन ऑफ़ कच्छ in Nagari. I´m afraid I can´t type in nasta3liiq here on the forum but in nasx it will be رَن آف کچّھ (which falls outside of the scope of the language of the thread: Hindi).
    I've found two translations into Hindi: कच्छ का रण kachchh kaa raNR and कच्छ का रन kachchh kaa ran on this WP page. It appears that in Gujarati and Sindhi, the languages spoken there, it is the retroflex NR, but the WP article displays both n and NR so I don't know which one is the standard Hindi one, it has to be settled by the Hindi speakers.
  5. lcfatima Senior Member

    In a teapot
    English USA
    Okay, thanks.
  6. marrish Senior Member

    اُردو Urdu
    You're most welcome.
  7. greatbear Senior Member

    India - Hindi & English
    रण in Hindi.
  8. Faylasoof Senior Member

    Plato's Republic
    English (UK) & Urdu (Luckhnow), Hindi
    Yes indeed, in Hindi we write ‘Rann’ as रण !
  9. Faylasoof Senior Member

    Plato's Republic
    English (UK) & Urdu (Luckhnow), Hindi
    marrish SaaHib I always assumed that 'Rann' was spelt रण but you are right and I have to correct myself, i.e. my earlier post above. As you say, रन is also used and it seems it has been for a more than a century as an altenative spelling in Hindi! Interestingly, it is the latter spelling that is used in Urdu as well.

    S रण raṇa, vulg. raṇ, and H. रन ran, s.m. Sound, noise; battle, war, combat, fight, conflict; …. —raṇ paṛnā, Fight to take place, battle to be fought;—to lie in the battle-field, to be slain in battle…

    BTW, the word is still used in Urdu and although everyday, common usage of expressions such as ran paRnaa ( = A battle / fight to take place; to fall in battle)and ran par chaRhnaa ( = to prepare for battle) may have dropped (except perhaps certain households like ours), in Urdu poetry you will regularly come across these particularly in razmiyah shaa3irii ( battle poetry), esp. of Mir Anis (miir aniis):

    Use of ran paRnaa
    صدقے گئی، یوں رن کبھی پڑتے نہیں دیکھا
    اِک دن میں بھرے گھر کو اجڑتے نہیں دیکھا
    Sadqe ga’ii yuuN ran kabhii paRte nahiiN dekhaa
    ik din meN ghar ko ujaRte nahiiN dekhaa

    Use of ran par chaRnaa
    غُل پڑ گیا شاہِ شہدا چڑھتے ہیں رن پر
    احمد کی قبا آپ نے پہنی جو بدن پر
    Ghul paR gayaa shaah-e-shuhadaa chaRhte haiN ran par
    aHmad kii qabaa aap ne paihnii jo badan par
  10. hindiurdu Senior Member

    Hindi-Urdu, Punjabi, Kashmiri
    Are the rann in Rann of Kutch and the raRN meaning 'war' the same? That doesn't make sense. From what I recollect Rann is a Gujarati and Sindhi word for a specific geographical feature of those areas. It is a low lying salt desert that is under the sea during the monsoon and bone dry in other seasons. Might still be the same pronunciation of course but those should be two different words. Please correct me if I am wrong.
  11. lcfatima Senior Member

    In a teapot
    English USA
    Yes, I had read that rann meant marshland or wilderness in Kachchhi.

    I also found this in Platts which is of course not on Kachchhi, but the word must be a cognate:

  12. fdb Senior Member

    Cambridge, UK
    French (France)
    I found this entry in Turner:

    áraṇya n. ʻ foreign land ʼ RV., ʻ desert, jungle ʼ AV. 2. araṇyaka -- ʻ *wild ʼ, n. ʻ forest ʼ Yājñ. 3. iriṇyà -- ʻ relating to desert ʼ VS., iraṇyà -- MaitrS. [áraṇa -- ]
    1. Pa. arañña -- , ra° n. ʻ forest, any country other than town or village ʼ, Pk. araṇṇa -- , ra° n. ʻjungleʼ; H. ran m. ʻ forest, desert ʼ (< *rān after ban ʻ forest ʼ, e.g. in ran -- ban m. ʻ wilderness ʼ; or < áraṇa -- ); G. rān ʻ sylvan, wild, savage ʼ, m.f. ʻ forest, desert ʼ; M. rān ʻ wild ʼ (e.g. rān -- ã̄bā ʻ wild hog plum ʼ), n. ʻ forest, wilderness ʼ; Ko. rāna ʻ forest ʼ; Si. rana ʻ jungle ʼ (or < áraṇa -- ).
    2. Pa. araññaka -- ʻ belonging to the wild ʼ, Pk. araṇṇaya -- ; H. rānā ʻ wild, growing spontaneouslyʼ.
    3. S. riñu m., riña f. ʻ wilderness, desert, waste of salt earth ʼ; -- ruña f. ʻ desert region ʼ (whence u ?).

    This indicates ran in Hindi, but rān in Gujarati.
  13. UrduMedium Senior Member

    United States
    Urdu (Karachi)
    ^ Interesting. Wonder if there's a linkage between this and the surname/clan raana/raaṇa?
  14. marrish Senior Member

    اُردو Urdu
    As indicated in my post above, raNR (raṇ) is the form of the word in Gujarati in the requested meaning. The augumented vowel and the loss of the retroflex NR results in the adjectivization, however there is a noun, too, which means a jungle rather than the geographical area, but it seems it is not very widely used.
  15. fdb Senior Member

    Cambridge, UK
    French (France)
    As I understand it, in Hindi/Urdu, and in other North Indian languages, dental n and retroflex have merged as /n/. This means that the question of रन versus रण is purely a spelling issue.

    The long ā in G(ujarati) and M(arathi) rān and Ko(nkani) rāna results from a short a which has been lengthened to compensate for the simplification of the following double consonant: -ṇy- > -ṇṇ- > -n- . For the short a in H(indi) ran Turner offers two possible explanations: either the vowel has been shortened by analogy to ban, or else the Hindi word comes not from Sanskrit araṇya- but from an unattested *araṇa-. The Gujarati and Marathi forms are used both as nouns (“desert”) and as adjectives (“wild”). The Hindi and Konkani forms are nouns only.

    The variant रण is a purely historic (Sanskritising) spelling. The spoken form in Hindi is ran.
  16. greatbear Senior Member

    India - Hindi & English
    ^ No, the most common spoken form continues to be रण - in fact, this is the first time, I am hearing ran in Hindi. Also, "araNya" is also a word used in Hindi, and "raN" to my mind has close linkage with "arNya".
  17. Wolverine9 Senior Member

    American English
    So GB, in your experience, ण is not pronounced as न nowadays in Hindi?

    There might be variant acceptable spellings for the word. The entry below from this dictionary spells it as

    रन ran (nm) a run (in cricket); a reclaimed part of the sea (e.g. कच्छ का रन).

  18. fdb Senior Member

    Cambridge, UK
    French (France)
    I have probably overstated my case somewhat. Retroflex /ṇ/ is used in “high” varieties of Hindi in Sanskrit loanwords, and in some words which are perceived to be Sanskrit. In “genuine” Neo-Indo-Aryan words, Old Indian /ṇ/ becomes /n/.
  19. hindiurdu Senior Member

    Hindi-Urdu, Punjabi, Kashmiri
    ^I actually thought you were right for spoken Hindi and Urdu because /ṇ/ is invariably pronounced as /n/. However, in Punjabi /ṇ/ is quite alive and used in much more organic ways than in H/U.
  20. marrish Senior Member

    اُردو Urdu
    With regard to posts #15 and #19 it would be fine to keep Urdu out of this discussion and this for at least two reasons: the thread is about Hindi and there is no retroflex NR consonant in the former language.
  21. marrish Senior Member

    اُردو Urdu
    Perhaps you meant to write "Old Indic".
  22. hindiurdu Senior Member

    Hindi-Urdu, Punjabi, Kashmiri
    I was responding to the Neo-IA comment from fdb which I thought broadened the scope. Actually the script may have little to do with actual usage. ण exists but isn't pronounced in everyday Hindi speech while Shahmukhi lacks a consonant for ṇ, yet it is pronounced. Interestingly, Sindhi *does* have a letter for it - ڻ.
  23. marrish Senior Member

    اُردو Urdu
    OK, I understand. Nevertheless my point was not about hte script but about the consonant sound with regard to Urdu. Of course there is no sign in Urdu to represent this as there is no sound which it would have to represent. Shahmukhi. Do you mean the Urdu script? If you do, am I correct in my understanding that you mean that it is nevertheless pronounced?
  24. Wolverine9 Senior Member

    American English
    ^ Shahmukhi is a script used for writing Punjabi. It's an adaptation of the Urdu script. HU is saying that Punjabi has the NR sound in the spoken language, unlike Hindi or Urdu, but the Shahmukhi script doesn't have a sign for it.
  25. marrish Senior Member

    اُردو Urdu
    Thank you very much, Wolverine9. Let's have hindiurdu SaaHib respond, but when you referred to Punjabi, which uses (I hope it uses it more that it does!), one thread came to my mind which could be a nice reading about it.


    This is about Hindi, it seems fdb SaaHib has some knowledge of this thread, and if he doesn't perhaps he wouldn't mind to share some sources with us there.

    I believe I had taken part of a discussion about the depiction of NR in Shahmukhi for Punjabi but I can't find one at the moment. Shahmukhi has the same as Sindhi does otherwise it is with a circle above an empty nuun. Good opportunity to discuss it further!
  26. Qureshpor Senior Member

    Punjabi, Urdu پنجابی، اردو
    You probably have this thread in mind.

  27. Qureshpor Senior Member

    Punjabi, Urdu پنجابی، اردو
    You are partially right, hindiurdu SaaHib. ڻ to depict the retroflex in the Shahmukhi script for Punjabi is hardly ever used. However, it is used on occasions, especially books printed by the "Lok Virsa" institute in Islamabad, Pakistan, which has published a number of books of Punjabi classics and the compilers have been meticulous in representing this consonant, as well as vowel depictions.

    Here is one article which does mention the


    In Pakistani Punjab, as you may be well aware, Shahmukhi Punjabi is a rare sight. So in this sense, the comparison with Hindi script and Shahmukhi is not an accurate one. However, I take your point that in the case of Punjabi in Pakistan, the retroflex n is an inherited feature of Punjabi speech and is not dependent upon the script.

    Edit: I should add that more and more one hears the dental nuun in place of the retroflex. As an example listen to "Chala by Savera & Ambreen of Kraze" on Youtube.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2013
  28. hindiurdu Senior Member

    Hindi-Urdu, Punjabi, Kashmiri
    Thanks you Qureshpor Sahib, I stand corrected! I feel like I haven't run into ڻ or even ڰ myself in reading Punjabi - but then I must confess I have not really read that much in Punjabi. When I am looking for poetry, I tend to type the name into Google images and then look for text. I will try and procure some Lok Virsa books. On the decline in this consonant, I relate to it. In Punjabi speech, my family never uses it and neither do I, usually. It is missing from Kashmiri as well and pretty much absent in normal spoken Hindi (kaaraṇ > kaaran). However, it appears to be very strong in Rajasthani (or Rajasthaṇi, as its speakers call it) - I would consider that to be part of the Kutch-Rajasthan-Sindh complex in some ways though.
  29. marrish Senior Member

    اُردو Urdu
  30. greatbear Senior Member

    India - Hindi & English
    In my experience, ण is well alive and kicking in Hindi, but I am indeed surprised to hear Hindiurdu's opinions, so probably regions get to determine this? After all, if you are in Rajasthan or Himachal Pradesh, then in fact even न changes to ण (रहण-सहण, not rehan-sehan; verb rehNaa; and so on).

    In any case, I invariably say GaNesh, kaaraN, or raN, and I have not often heard the न variants of these words.

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