Lalbihari Sharma was born in Chapra village in the United Provinces of India (now Bihar, India). Sharma was indentured by the British East India Company to work the sugarcane fields and published his chautal folksongs in 1916. A musician and singer, he is the first Indo-Caribbean writer to write and publish one of the only books written in the dialect of his village. Not much is known about his life other than the autobiographical information included in his work.
“Aching for home is a sentiment as ancient as the history of migration in the Americas, but so is the role of poetry and song as personal antidotes to the pangs of loss and as communal vehicles for expressions of love. During these troubling times, when our various communities are under siege, we comfort our aching hearts with testimonies of strength from our ancestors who were immigrants, exiles, refugees, and slaves. What a blessing to have in I Even Regret Night a voice that rises above the burdens of indentured servitude and graciously empowers our affection for culture, language, religion, and identity.”
—Rigoberto Gonzalez, author of Unpeopled Eden
Lalbihari Sharma news
We’re so excited to announce two upcoming Los Angeles events to celebrate our latest publication: I Even Regret Night: Holi Songs of Demerara, written by Lalbihari Sharma and translated by Rajiv Mohabir. A groundbreaking work, Holi Songs was originally published in India in 1916, and is the only known literary work written by an indentured […]