Mādār Pīrer Gān

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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 angel of death, flying away with the soul of an innocent child who has died in an outbreak of cholera.…

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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 06 December 2023.]

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