Dhadi Darbar Religion, Violence, and the Performance of Sikh History
The dhadis (or songs sung by minstrels) have exercised considerable influence amongst rural Sikhs, relating martial traditions concerning Guru Hargobind, Guru Gobind Singh, and other Sikh heroes.This book is a historical and anthropological study of More...
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The dhadis (or songs sung by minstrels) have exercised considerable influence amongst rural Sikhs, relating martial traditions concerning Guru Hargobind, Guru Gobind Singh, and other Sikh heroes.This book is a historical and anthropological study of the dhadi tradition and how it has influenced notions of martyrdom and violence in the Sikh community. The author draws on a wide range of unexplored historical and ethnographical sources on the rhetorical culture in Punjab and argues that religion is an evolving area of social interaction, thus giving rise to narrative linkages between religious and political discourse. He establishes that vernacular traditions of oral narration encouragealternative forms of historical imagination. He analyses performative texts and ethnographic narratives at critical junctures in colonial and postcolonial Punjab and demonstrates the different ways in which this genre has become related to agendas of religious and political identity formation intwentieth century Punjab.This volume will be useful reading for students and scholars of Sikh studies, sociologists, historians and general readers.
|Cultural geography and the Dhadi past|
|Sikh religious aesthetics and the gendered Dhadi voice|
|A new Dhadi subject in colonial Punjab|
|The event as monument : reading Saka Shahidganj|
|The vicissitudes of partition memory : literary genres and the Dhadi voice|
|Realignments of agency : Dhadi rhetoric and the martyr image|
|Interpellated subjects and formation of the Dhadi Sabha|
|The making of a border genre|
|Dhadi performative style|
|Glossary of Punjabi terms|