Amidst the clamorous wrangling of the politicians of Bangladesh, against the myopic vision of the fundamentalists, against also those liberal intellectuals who shun Islamic overtones for fear of being outdated, this book should speak for those countless and nameless performers who have offered their praise for Nirañjan in their performances. They have their own answers to the questions related to Islam and theatre. Contents : Introduction, Theatre and Islam, Indigenous Theatre in the Islamic World, Islamic Performances in Bangladesh, Karbala Legend Today The Case of Bisad Sindhu, Transcultural Mutations of A Thousand and One Nights and Its Contemporary Relevance, Conclusion, Appendix : The Thousand and One Nights.
In Praise of Niranjan: Islam, Theatre and Bangladesh
This book is in praise of Nirañjan, “He who is stainless”, by extension, of everything that is pure and unblemished. Performers of Islamic genres in Bangladesh sometimes offer their salutations to Nirañjan. Hence the title of this book. By choosing to name it thus, the author is conscious of taking a distinct ideological stand.