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In this book, Bhimayana: Experiences Of Untouchability, the authors throw light on the issues faced by dalits in modern-day India.
Summary Of The Book
Bhimayana: Experiences Of Untouchability is a heart-rending account of the problems that were faced by the untouchables in India. The story chronicles the journey of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, who was also born an untouchable. This great revolutionary of India had to face numerous challenges as he grew up in a society where untouchability was rampant.
Facing all of these challenges bravely, Dr. Ambedkar made his mark in history when the Constitution of India was drafted by him. Dr. Ambedkar then went on to embrace Buddhism as well. The problems faced by him are also the problems faced by many millions of other dalits in India.
The authors of Bhimayana: Experiences Of Untouchability have taken great pains to provide the readers with an accurate picture of the problems faced by the dalits. They have provided historical references such as the Mahad Satyagraha. They have also made use of several modern-day illustrations as well.
About The Authors
The author of this book, Durgabai Vyam, is a well-known Gond Artist, hailing from Madhya Pradesh.
Vyam began practicing the art of Digna from the age of six. Digna is the traditional art form designed on walls and floors during festivals and weddings. She began to get recognition for her paintings in the year 1996, after displaying her art works at Bharat Bhawan, on the invitation of Anand Singh Shyam. After that event, Vyam has been a part of almost every art exhibition in Delhi, Dehradun, Indore, Bhopal, Khajuraho, and Raipur. She has worked along with Tara Publishing, by illustrating a number of books published by them. Vyam has also been given the IGNCA Scholarship for the year 2006-07.
Subhash Vyam is also a well-known Gond artist from Madhya Pradesh.
Subhash began working from the young age of ten to support his family by selling betel leaves. However, he managed to find some time to design clay figures. He was ecstatic after one of his clay models was sold for 200 rupees. In the year 2002, one of his ink sketches was awarded with the Rajya Hastha Shilpa Puraskar.
|Author||Durgabai Vyam, Subhash Vyam|
|Publisher||Navayana Publishing For Social Change|
|Number of Pages||108 Pages|
There are two things every Indian knows about Ambedkar: that he was dalit, and that he drafted the Indian constitution. In the unlikely event that a non-dalit Indian thinks about him, there would be a suspicion that there is much more to Ambedkar than this: half forgotten tales of his encounters with Gandhi. This is just the book to wake people up to the depths which are forgotten.
A few words about the contents: the book is a telling of a few major incidents in the life of Ambedkar, interspersed with contemporary incidents which show that the circumstances that he had to contend with are still terribly present. The book is by no means a complete biography, but at least peers breaks the embalming layers off his ubiquitous bronze statues. It is also an amazing reminder how water and access to it can frame a person's life.
As for the visual effects: they are quite different from cinema or its imitation in normal comic books. The visual idiom takes time to understand. Long after I had finished reading the book I was still looking at the illustrations. The explanatory end notes help you to understand the thinking. Eventually, I re-read the book and was impressed by the way the story was laid out without the square panels of a comic. It is an amazingly fluid mehtod. I hope we get to see more of this.
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