The issue of Roma and Mahmudos of Gadjo poem

LPB Bank supports the issue of Roma and Mahmudos of Gadjo, Kārlis Rudevičs’ historical poem.

Thanks to the generous support of JSC LPB Bank, JSC Gaso, Ltd ITERA and others, Kārlis Rudevičs’ historical poem – epos Roma and Mahmudos of Gadjo has been published.

Rudevičs’ work is a unique poetic outlook on ancient history – an epic retelling of the events that date back to the early 1st millennium CE. The book is based on Roma folk tales that reflect actual historical developments. Ancient Roma people came to India in the 3rd century, where they stayed until the 10th century – until its conquest by Mahmudos of Gadjo, founder of the Turkic Ghasnavid dynasty. Mahmudos issued a decree to exterminate nearly all Romani people, except craftspeople and musicians being sold to Byzantium as slaves.

The epic poem was originally written in 1996 but remained unpublished. Until 2020, its manuscript was held by the Roma History and Art Museum. The book is illustrated by versatile Roma talent Ornella Rudeviča, whose personal paintings have been displayed in the Riga City Council exhibition hall.

Normunds Rudevičš, Chairman of the Board at the International Humanitarian Foundation and president of the International Romani Union:

“I contributed a lot of time and effort to publish this epic. I began by translating each Roma word into Russian, which we transformed into rhymed language together with the translator Aleksandrs Sārs, meticulously maintaining the flavour and message of the Romani original. The poem has been brilliantly translated into Latvian by Amanda Aizpuriete. This publication will certainly become a major work of Roma literature worldwide, contributing to Roma identity as a new and powerful cultural symbol that unites us all, wherever we are.”

Biomins Kajems, Chairman of the Council at LPB Bank:

“The publication of Roma and Mahmudos of Gadjo epic poem is a stunning revival event in the context of Roma culture. Works like these must never be forgotten, and we are glad to have helped disseminate the accomplishments of Kārlis Rudevičs – the first author to establish the literary and poetic language of the Roma people. In my opinion, the result is as valuable as it is beautiful.”