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Performing Nationhood: The Emotional Roots of Swadeshi Nationhood in Bengal, 1905-1912

Mimasha Pandit


The book Performing Nationhood serves as a corridor to one’s ‘self’. It began as a humble attempt to interrogate the performance history of Swadeshi Bengal. The burgeoning public space and the audibility of voices hitherto unheard presented a two-way problem, for the colonisers as well as for the colonised. The thinking mind that hid behind a facade of obedience suddenly appeared before all. The transparent veil separating the hidden from the manifest was torn apart. In the context of the swadeshi and boycott agitation, performative spaces such as theatre, jatra, and songs did not just serve a ... More

Keywords: performance history, swadeshi Bengal, swadeshi jatra, swadeshi theatre, swadeshi songs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199480180
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199480180.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mimasha Pandit, author
Assistant Professor, Mankar College, Mankar, Burdwan