AND PERFORMANCE IN SOUTH ASIA
Asif Farrukhi & Kamran Ali
Rs 750 Hb/Pb 2015
In one of the first books of its kind, this volume captures the
history of activism and political struggle in literature and
the performing arts in South Asia.
Its focus is on gender,
on artists and performances that defied—and defy—censorship
and state authority; on women who contributed significantly to cultural
life in their countries; on writers, performers and poets who challenged
social mores and polite society through subversive creative expression.
Contributors critique established
norms and uncover histories of the oppressed in order to articulate
a politics that imagines a more egalitarian and liberated future
in the subcontinent.
is founder and head of
Tehrik-e-Niswan, an organisation dedicated to claiming women's
rights through the medium of dance and theatre.
is a writer, critic and translator, and editor of Duniyazad,
a literary journal in Urdu. He was awarded
the Prime Minister's Literary Award by the Pakistan
Academy of Letters in 1997, and the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz by the Pakistan
is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the South Asia Institute,
University of Texas at Austin. Author of numerous academic papers and books,
he has guest-edited Urban Margins: Envisioning the Contemporary
Global South. His book, Communism in Pakistan: Politics and Class Activism,
1947-1972 is forthcoming.