1857: The Oral Tradition is a unique work, largely using the sources of oral history in various parts of the country to reconstruct aspects of the great uprising of 1857. Through an exploration and analysis of folk songs, folk takes and contemporary regional literature, it examines the contours of the massive revolt in parts of Bihar, eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bundelkhand, the tribal areas of Madhya Pradesh and Awadh.
Pankaj Rag is an IAS officer from the 1990 batch. He is a renowned poet, and author of a widely acclaimed book on Hindi film music directors Dhuno Ki Yaatra. He has written extensively on archaeology of Madhya Pradesh. Presently he is the Director of Film and Television Institute of India Pune.