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Author Name    Christian Lee Novetzke

Title   History, Bhakti, and Public Memory: Namdev in Religious and Secular Traditions

Binding   Hardcover

Book Condition   New

Jacket Condition   New

Edition   First Edition

Size   14.5 Cms 22.5 Cms

Publisher   Delhi, India Permanent Black 2009

ISBN    8178242591 / 9788178242590

Seller ID   031515

Namdev is a central figure in the cultural history of India, especially within the field of bhakti, a devotional practice that has created publics of memory for over eight centuries. Born in the Marathi-speaking region of the Deccan in the late thirteenth century, Namdev is remembered as a simple, low-caste Hindu tailor whose innovative performances of devotional songs spread his fame widely. He is central to many religious traditions within Hinduism, as well as to Sikhism, and he is a key early literary figure in Maharashtra, northern India, and Punjab. In the modern period, Namdev appears throughout the public spheres of Marathi and Hindi and in India at large, where his identity fluctuates between regional associations and a quiet, pan-Indian, nationalist-secularist profile that champions the poor, oppressed, marginalized, and low caste. Christian Lee Novetzke considers the way social memory coheres around the figure of Namdev from the sixteenth century to the present, examining the practices that situate Namdev's memory in multiple historical publics. Focusing primarily on Maharashtra and drawing on ethnographies of devotional performance, archival materials, scholarly historiography, and popular media, especially film, Novetzke vividly illustrates how religious communities in India preserve their pasts and, in turn, create their own historical narratives. Printed Pages: 336.

History Bhakti Public Memory Namdev India

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