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DIVIDED SONGS: NATION, RELIGION AND ENTERTAINMENT IN SOUTH ASIA'S BORDERS

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DIVIDED SONGS: NATION, RELIGION AND ENTERTAINMENT IN SOUTH ASIA'S BORDERS

By Aniket De

A Brick Lane Circle Seminar


How do borders and the people who inhabit them shape each other? How do local ideologies, identities and practices change, in dialogue with broader, structural events like changes in sovereignty and borders? This talk focuses on the Gambhira tradition of Malda (West Bengal) and Rajshahi (Bangladesh), a political theater form under guises of religion and entertainment.

After the Partition of India in 1947, this region was violently divided into two countries, creating new challenges for cultural and political accommodation. Drawing on both archival and ethnographic research, Aniket explores how tracking historical changes in a performative tradition can help us gain keen insights into the checkered history of colonial and postcolonial nationalisms in the Indian subcontinent.

Tuesday 5 December 2017
6.30-8.30pm
Lab 1, Idea Store Whitechapel
321 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1BU

Aniket De is a doctoral student in history at Harvard University. His research has focused on performance traditions in the India-Bangladesh border and the historical development of the idea of the border in modern Asia.

For further details or to book place please: phone 07914119282 or email bricklanecircle@yahoo.co.uk

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