1857: The Oral Tradition

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Rupa & Company, 2010 - Folk songs, Hindi - 212 pages
About the Book : - 1857: The Oral Tradition is a unique work, largely using the sources of oral history in various parts of the country to reconstruct aspects of the great uprising of 1857. Through an exploration and analysis of folk songs, folk takes and contemporary regional literature, it examines the contours of the massive revolt in parts of Bihar, eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bundelkhand, the tribal areas of Madhya Pradesh and Awadh.

The book is a valuable contribution to the historiography of 1857, and will be of use not only to academicians and scholars, but to all readers interested in the momentous uprising of 1857.

  • The book opens a new chapter to the first war of Independence in India.
  • Echoes the story of the birth of the first National Flag of India.
  • A sensitive portrayal of the plight of Indian soldiers in the British Army.
  • The book distinctively highlights the stories of the great uprising in a new perspective.

    About the Author: - Pankaj Rag is an IAS officer from the 1990 batch. He is a renowned poet, and author of a widely acclaimed book on Hindi film music directors, Dhuno Ki Yaatra. He has written extensively on archaeology of Madhya Pradesh. Presently, he is the Director of Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.
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