South Asia Center presents: Bhashani as an Icon
341 Eggers Hall
South Asia Center Presents: Bhashani as an Icon: Politics of Representation and Popular Rebellion by Sravani Biswas
Following a massive cyclone and tide wave that devastated the coastal region of East Pakistan in 1970, Moulana Bhashani, a popular leader of the Bengal peasantry, voiced his discontent against the government. Both English and vernacular newspapers widely reported his protest. One particular “doctored” photograph became a symbol of resistance against the military junta of West Pakistan.
Biswas’ talk will examine how this photograph mediates the complex links between ‘natural’ disaster and popular rebellion. By using semiotic transcription and civic performance as methodological tools, she will demonstrate how this photograph mediates the complex links between ‘natural’ disaster and popular rebellion.
Contact to request accommodations