About the Book: Bhimayana: Experiences of Untouchability
What does it mean to be an untouchable in India? Why do some Indians despise the touch of others? Bhimayana is a tale of the present day caste prejudices that are still rampant in villages and small towns, and all but invisible in urban, metropolitan cities. It is a graphic account of Bhimrao Ambedkar's crusade to eradicate untouchability in the world's largest democracy, India. It portrays incidents from the life of Dr. Ambedkar and his struggle against the prejudices against the untouchables.
In this ground breaking graphic novel, authors S. Anand and Srividya Natrajan explore the topic of untouchability in India. The main character of the book is a young dalit or "untouchable" boy named Bhim. Bhimayana is divided into three parts-Water, Shelter and Travel. Water is set in 1901 when Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India, is initiating educational reforms. In Water, the reader is shown how the protagonist Bhim is kept away from the other students in school. For him, it is next to impossible to even get a glass of water to quench his thirst. From the water pump to the village thoroughfare, untouchables are denied water at every turn. In Shelter, the reader discovers how Dr. Ambedkar is forced to live in dungeon like conditions in Baroda when he is denied boarding. At this point, he is en route from New York to Baroda to work for the Maharaja of Baroda. Travel is set in 1934 when Ambedkar is an established political agitator for the dalits. He is on a political tour, which ends in a serious accident because no skilled driver is willing to transport the polluted Ambedkar. Frankly written and beautifully drawn in modern Gond art form, Bhimayana delves deep into the psyche of the Indian culture and its prejudice against the dalits of India.
About the Authors: Durgabai Vyam, Subhash Vyam
Durgabai Vyam and Subhash Vyam are Pardhan Gond artists belonging to the same clan as the legendary Jangarh Singh Shyam. The artist-couple lives in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Durgabai has won acclaim for her paintings and for illustrations for several books. Subhash is an accomplished sculptor and has worked with many media. This is their first graphic book and their first book together.
"An extraordinary book…No more rectangular framing or unilinear time. No more profiled individuals. Instead, a conference of corporeal experience across generations, full of pain and empathy." - John Berger, author of Ways of Seeing, in his Foreword.
"The story of the life of Bhimrao Ambedkar, one of India's most important thinkers, has been deliberately sidelined for decades. Bhimayana re-tells it in the most unusually beautiful way. It is unforgettable." - Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things
|Book:||Bhimayana: Experiences of Untouchability|
|Author:||Durgabai Vyam Subhash Vyam|
|Publisher:||Navayana Publishing For Social Change|
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