Disguises of Shiva: Nationalism and Folk Culture in the Bengal Borderland since 1905.

De, Aniket.


  • This thesis studies the history of a folk theater form called Gambhira, performed in what is today the northern part of the Indo-Bangladesh border, principally in the districts of Malda and Chapai Nawabganj. On the Indian side, it is performed around the figure of the Hindu god Shiva; people address their complaints and grievances by ridiculing and grumbling to the god. Across the border in Muslim... read more
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