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Producing Space In Bangalore

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This chapter deals with the ways in which urban space is produced in Bangalore. In several settlements and shrines we encounter the transmission of the charisma of Shirdi Sai Baba, a figure displaced from a rural and colonial background onto the metropolitan arena. On several main arteries of the city, in public places, and in intimate personal recollections, we also see more contemporary religious leaders and citizen-devotees who mediate the production of private and public locales through architectural forms, service activities, worship and sensory formations. By tracing and telling their lives and grounding them in place, we connect the past with the present, spatiality with religiosity. The production of urban space is thus articulated with the biographies and lives of gurus, holy men and women, householders, and devotees as well as several spatialities and temporalities requiring us to move in and out of place.

Keywords: Bangalore; Shirdi Sai Baba; Shivamma Thayee



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