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Awami League

Awami League  

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Major political party in Bangladesh. Led country's war of independence against Pakistan in 1971 under the leadership of Shaykh Mujibur Rahman. Secular and nationalist in orientation. Asserts national ...
Bengal

Bengal  

The culturally relatively homogeneous eastern part of the Indian subcontinent around the Ganges–Brahmaputra deltas. Under effective British rule since 1757, the nawab dynasties of Bengal, Orissa, and ...
Bengali theatre

Bengali theatre  

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Bengali, called Bangla by native speakers, is the mother tongue of 100 million people in Bangladesh, 70 million in West Bengal, and 2 million in Tripura (both states in eastern ...
Bijon Bhattacharya

Bijon Bhattacharya  

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(1915–78)Bengali dramatist and actor. Born in the countryside of what is now Bangladesh, he saw rural life at first hand, using this knowledge as primary material. Moving to Calcutta ...
Burma

Burma  

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Burma has suffered years of repression in the grip of a military regime that renamed it MyanmarBurma consists largely of the central fertile valley of the Irrawaddy River, encircled by a ...
India

India  

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The world's largest democracy has a rich and diverse culture. Now, it is also achieving more rapid economic growthIndia's vast territory can be divided into three main regions from north to south. ...
India-Pakistan Wars

India-Pakistan Wars  

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Relations between the states of India and Pakistan have been blighted since the two states gained their independence in 1947. The Hindu states of British India formed the new country ...
Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi  

(1917–1984)Indian prime minister (1966–77; 1980–84). Regarded as the strong-willed matriarch of India, Mrs Gandhi dominated her country's affairs both nationally and internationally for nearly ...
Indo-Pakistan War

Indo-Pakistan War  

(September 1965)A border conflict between India and Pakistan following an attempt by Pakistan to assist Muslim opponents of Indian rule in Kashmir. Fighting spread to the Punjab, but a UN ceasefire ...
jari gan

jari gan  

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A number of performances in Bangladesh bear the generic name jari. Though varied and divergent in form, most are based on legends relating to Muslim heroes Imam Hasan and Imam ...
jatra

jatra  

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Bengali theatre form in Bangladesh and West Bengal in India, performed all night by large companies travelling to villages and small towns. Jatra is usually given in the open under ...
kabi gan

kabi gan  

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A secular form of contestual performance in Bangladesh, normally performed outdoors under a canopy usually in the dry season. Two professional minstrels (kabiyal or sarkar) and their troupes of ...
Kāmarūpa

Kāmarūpa  

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The site, near Guwahati/Gauhati in Assam, of the most significant Tantric Śākta complex in India. Considered the original śaktipīṭha, Satī's dismembered yoni, represented by a spring-moistened cleft ...
Kara Jūrō

Kara Jūrō  

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(1940– )Japanese playwright, director, actor, and novelist. With Terayama Shūji he was one of the spearheads of the underground (angura) theatre movement in Japan. The productions of his Situation ...
Maināmati-Lalmai range

Maināmati-Lalmai range  

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Hill range and vast Buddhist archaeological site lying between the villages of Maināmati and Lalmai, in Bangladesh. The site comprises over 50 buildings, most not yet excavated. The earliest of the ...
Pakistan

Pakistan  

Asia's great underachiever. Democracy has yet to take hold and now the country is under attack from terrorists.Pakistan has four main geographical regions. First, in the far north is the Hindu Kush ...
Personal Status Law in South and Southeast Asia

Personal Status Law in South and Southeast Asia  

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State-promulgated personal status laws, which prescribe distinct rules for citizens based upon confessional identity, are common to both Muslim-majority and -minority states in South and Southeast ...
Ross Kidd

Ross Kidd  

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(1945– )Canadian adult educator who later took Botswana citizenship and became a zealous and influential proselytizer for theatre for development in the 1970s and 1980s. Taking Paulo Freire's ideas ...
Somapuri Mahāvihāra

Somapuri Mahāvihāra  

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‘The great monastery of Somapuri’, also known as Pāhārpur Vihāra, is the most impressive of the Buddhist buildings of Bangladesh. It is generally believed that the temple was built between the end of ...
South Asia

South Asia  

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The classical dance forms of South Asia, or the Indian sub-continent, evolved as vehicles for portraying the characters and stories of the gods. Shiva is known as the Lord of the Dance and according ...

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