Hindi/Urdu word "Shabhash"

Frances Pritchett fp7 at COLUMBIA.EDU
Fri Jul 10 14:09:22 UTC 1998

On Thu, 9 Jul 1998, Soneji wrote:

> I am looking for historical or etymological information on the Hindi/Urdu
> word "Shabhash", often used as a term of encouragement especially in
> artistic contexts.  I am not sure if I have even transliterated it
> correctly, but the Telugu manuscript in which I have found it spells it
> as "ShAbhAshu". Any information would be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks.
> Devesh Soneji
from the Persian "shaad baash,"  "be happy!"  I believe-- an explanation
of approval like Bravo! or Well done!

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