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Comic Performance in Pakistan : The Bhand - by Claire Pamment (Hardcover)

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This book explores comic performance in Pakistan through the vibrant Indo-Muslim tradition of the Punjabi bhand which now holds a marginal space in contemporary weddings. With irreverent repartee, genealogical prowess, a topsy-turvy play with hierarchies and shape shifting, the low-status bhand jostles space in otherwise rigid class and caste hierarchies. Tracing these negotiations in both historical and contemporary sites, the author unfolds a dynamic performance mode that travels from the Sanskrit jester and Sufi wise fool, into Muslim royal courts and households, weddings, contemporary carnivalesque and ****** popular Punjabi theatre and satellite television news. Through original historical and ethnographic research, this book brings to life hitherto unexplored territories of Pakistani popular culture and Indo-Muslim performance histories.
Number of Pages: 229
Genre: Performing Arts, Social Science
Series Title: Palgrave Studies in Comedy
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Author: Claire Pamment
Language: English
Street Date: June 7, 2017
TCIN: 51541435
UPC: 9781137566300
Item Number (DPCI): 248-23-2685

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