Baul songs, philosophies presented at Shilpakala

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BAULDaily Dhaka Times: Baul exponents and practitioners at a festival at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy sought to explore and preach celestial love and humanity through discussions and musical performances.

The two-day event, Jatiya Baul Utsab, ended on Saturday with the participation of noted baul and professional singers from across the country, reports the New Age.

Notable among them were Fakir Nahir Shah, Tuntun Baul, Kangalini Sufia, Farida Parveen, Pagla Babul and Samir Baul who, through their performances, drove home the messages of love, humanity and fellow-feeling embedded in the songs of leading bards of the tradition including Fakir Lalon Shah, Shah Abdul Karim and others. Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor was present at the concluding day’s programme with Sammilita Sangskritik Jote president Golam Kuddus in attendance. In his speech, veteran baul Fakir Enam Shai reflected on the philosophy of Lalon.

‘It is a philosophy of perfection, of looking into yourself to understand what you are and how you are connected to the outside reality and the ultimate being,’ he said. Meanwhile, representatives of Lalon Research Foundation, which organised the festival, reiterated their demand for a university named after Fakir Lalon Shah. There was a cultural show following the discussion.

Fakir Nahir Shah, a veteran baul practitioner, presented Lalon’s popular number Rakhilen Shai Kupjol Kore. The octogenarian singer’s soft and melodious rendition, expressing a desire to be united with the ultimate being, was a joy to listen to as well as a piece to ponder upon. Kangalini Sufia’s presentation of Rasulke Chinle Pare Khoda China Jay was also a thoughtful piece – more for the heart to listen to than the ears. However, the highlight of the day was a piece rendered by Pagla Babul, Manush Bhajle Sonar Manush Hobi – his presentation so enticing that members of the audience were also found mumbling the song along with its onstage presenter.

Other significant performances on the evening were Farida Parveen’s rendition of popular numbers Satya Bol Supothe Chal and Milon Hobe Koto, and Tuntun Baul’s rendition of Ami Oi Chorone Daser Jogya Noi. On Friday, noted baul singers including Fakir Enam Shai, Latif Shah, Shafi Mondol, Biman Chandra Biswas, Nasreen Akter and others performed.

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