The Boundary of Laughter

Popular Performances across Borders in South Asia

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ISBN:

9780190131494

Publication date:

15/10/2021

Hardback

272 pages

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ISBN:

9780190131494

Publication date:

15/10/2021

Hardback

272 pages

Aniket De

Combining archival research with ethnographic fieldwork, The Boundary of Laughter explores how spaces of popular performance have changed with the emergence of national borders in modern South Asia. The author traces the making of the popular theater form called Gambhira by Hindu and Muslim peasants and laborers in colonial Bengal, and explores the fate of the tradition after the Partition of the region in 1947. Drawing on a rich and hitherto unexplored archive of Gambhira songs and plays, this book provides a new approach for studying popular performances as shared spaces-that can accommodate peoples across national and religious boundaries.

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Aniket De

Description

Combining archival research with ethnographic fieldwork, The Boundary of Laughter explores how spaces of popular performance have changed with the emergence of national borders in modern South Asia. The author traces the making of the popular theater form called Gambhira by Hindu and Muslim peasants and laborers in colonial Bengal, and explores the fate of the tradition after the Partition of the region in 1947. Drawing on a rich and hitherto unexplored archive of Gambhira songs and plays, this book provides a new approach for studying popular performances as shared spaces-that can accommodate peoples across national and religious boundaries.

About the Author:

Aniket De is a PhD Candidate in history at Harvard University, USA.

Aniket De

Table of contents

Preface
Note on Text and Transliteration
Introduction
1. Chronicles of a Toiling God
2. Theatres of Nationhood
3. People's Song, People's Weapon
4. Divided States, Shared Songs
5. Economies of Expression
6. Epilogue
Bibliography
Index

Aniket De

Aniket De

Aniket De

Description

Combining archival research with ethnographic fieldwork, The Boundary of Laughter explores how spaces of popular performance have changed with the emergence of national borders in modern South Asia. The author traces the making of the popular theater form called Gambhira by Hindu and Muslim peasants and laborers in colonial Bengal, and explores the fate of the tradition after the Partition of the region in 1947. Drawing on a rich and hitherto unexplored archive of Gambhira songs and plays, this book provides a new approach for studying popular performances as shared spaces-that can accommodate peoples across national and religious boundaries.

About the Author:

Aniket De is a PhD Candidate in history at Harvard University, USA.

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Table of contents

Preface
Note on Text and Transliteration
Introduction
1. Chronicles of a Toiling God
2. Theatres of Nationhood
3. People's Song, People's Weapon
4. Divided States, Shared Songs
5. Economies of Expression
6. Epilogue
Bibliography
Index

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