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Martyr as Bridegroom

A Folk Representation of Bhagat Singh

Ishwar Dayal Gaur

Martyr as Bridegroom

Seeks to understand the manner in which Punjabis have constructed the image of Bhagat Singh in their art and culture.

Imprint: Anthem Press India
ISBN 9788190583503
January 2008 | 224 Pages | 5944 x 3962mm / 234 x 156 | 7+ photographs
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About This Book

To some, history and literary culture are strange bedfellows. This book on Bhagat Singh is written from the viewpoint of vernacular Punjabi culture and tries to tread on the marginalized path of vernacular culture as a methodology of a historian's craft.  The book seeks to understand the manner in which Punjabis constructed the image of Bhagat Singh in their literature.

Bhagat Singh's revolutionary life, culminating in his martyrdom, had an enormous impact on the Punjabis, who in their diverse genres of folklore, catch-songs, marriage songs, couplets and proverbs eulogized him in multiple contexts. Therefore, it is not surprising that Bhagat Singh caught the imagination of contemporary poets who had begun to view him as a martyr even before his execution.

Bhagat Singh facilitates an 'interaction' among the Punjabis despite the boundaries fabricated by colonial politics. An exploration into the symbiosis of Punjabi culture and Bhagat Singh is meaningful because this exercise underscores the syncretic cultural way in which the Hindu, Muslim and Sikh Punjabis recognize each other and maintain their common cultural space. Bhagat Singh continues to be a symbol of revolution and martyrdom.

Readership: For students of Asian history, literature and culture.

Author Information

Ishwar Dayal Gaur teaches History at Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Preface; Historiography and Literature; Martyrdom in Tradition and History; Studying a Martyr from the Margins; The Fact of Ascendancy; Popular Representation of Martyrdom; Folk Genres: Ghori, Marhi and Qissa; Conclusion; Appendices; Select Bibliography; Photographs

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