Mādār Pīrer Gān (672 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Note


Mādār Pīrer Gān is a form of indigenous theatre of Bangladesh. Based on oral compositions and performed by an all-male cast, it resists the stereotypical representation of the Muslims by the West and the Islamic jihadis. A gān (narrative) form of theatre, it commemorates the miraculous deeds of Shah-i-Mādār (1315-1436), a historic figure, and one of the most popular Sufi saints of South Asia. In isolated rural pockets of northern and central Bangladesh, Mādār Pīr is venerated by Hindus and the Muslims alike as the guardian of fire or the protector against cholera. One of the narratives presented in Mādār Pīrer Gān, titled “Bibhisaņa Pālā”, begins with Azrael, the a…

Citation: Ahmed, Syed Jamil. "Mādār Pīrer Gān". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 October 2020 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19607, accessed 02 March 2021.]

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