The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.

Vichitra Viryya: An Allegorical Novel

Vichitra viryya: An allegorical novel

VICHITRA Viryya (1862) is an allegorical novel on the insurrection of 1857 by Krishna Kamal Bhattacharya, a Sanskrit scholar at Presidency College and a former classmate of the famous Bengali patriotic author Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay. Krishna Kamal also wrote a ballad about Tatya Tope, now lost. During 1857–1858, he travelled around Uttar Pradesh, incognito. Most of Krishna Kamal's writings were republished in Ekshan, a premier literary magazine of Bengal. A complete edited collection of Krishna Kamala writings entitled Krishna Kamala Rachanasamgraha, annotated by Nirmalya Acharya, was published in 1997 by Subarnarekha. Vichitra Viryya is a difficult novel, full of allusions and ellipsis. It is additionally important as he is the first Indian to refer to ...

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