TADAS BLINDA (1846–1877) was a Lithuanian outlaw and folk hero.
* 1 Biography * 2 Dramatizations * 3 References * 4 External links
He was born in the village of Kinčiuliai ,
After Blinda had chosen to live outside the law, he gathered a band
of followers in the dense forests near Byvainė . According to his
admirers, he was a latter-day
The circumstances surrounding his death have also been an object of contention. The popularly held version was that Duke Oginskis was finally able to gain revenge by organizing the local authorities and murdering him. In 1993 an archivist uncovered police records indicating that he was lynched as a horse thief on April 22, 1877, and buried in an unconsecrated corner of a cemetery in Luokė . No traces of this burial have been found.
His life was first formally dramatized in 1907 by the Lithuanian writers Lazdynų Pelėda and Gabrielius Landsbergis-Žemkalnis . The play, Blinda, the Leveller of the World, presented him as a champion of the common people, battling the Polish landlords and the Russian Empire that governed Lithuania, and was enthusiastically received.
The legend lived on and was made into a popular film in 1973. It featured the actor Vytautas Tomkus , dramatic hand-to-hand combat and horsemanship, and the scenery of Aukštaitija National Park — it was an immediate success. Although the film was released with the approval of the Soviet government , many viewers interpreted it as a veiled reference to the Lithuanian partisans who, living in the forests, continued to resist the Soviet occupation during the 1940s and 1950s.
Blinda's life was dramatized in a 2004 eponymous rock musical by
Another movie, Tadas Blinda Pradžia , was produced by Taurus Films/Acme Film in 2011.
* ^ The rock musical Tadas Blinda * ^ Narrow-gauge railroad excursion featuring a Blinda train robbery re-enactment * ^ "Titulinis - tadasblinda.lt" (in Lithuanian). 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2012.