Baul convention begins at BSA

Cultural Correspondent
Pagla Babul

Pagla Babul performs at BSA.— Snigdha Zaman

Over 150 bauls from across the country gathered on Thursday at the National Art Plaza of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy to perform and discuss aspects related to their age-old musical tradition.
Thursday was the first day of a three-day baul convention organised by the academy as part of a month-long programme to observe the August 15 National Mourning Day – marking the day in 1975 when the founding president of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, was murdered.
The convention is featuring performances by the bauls, a conference on the preservation of baul songs and a peace rally.
Eminent baul practitioners and singers including Fakir Hridoy Shah, Fakir Nadir Shah, and Pagla Babul received hearty applause for their performance on the opening day.
Styled as Sob Loke Koy Lalon Ki Jaat Sangsarey, the day’s segments were designed to highlight the message of humanity and unity embedded in the baul songs.
Fakir Latif Shah began the show with a rendition of Lalon Shah’s Dhanya Dhanya Boli Tarey, followed by Fakir Matiya Rahman who also rendered several Lalon numbers including Teen Garbhe Achhe Re Ek Chhele and Tomar Moto Doyal Rasul.
Pagla Babul mesmerised the audience with his rendition of Jaat Gelo Jaat Gelo and Manush Bhajle Sonar Manush Hobi – two well-known songs of Lalon.
Among other songs presented on the day were Chander Gaye Chand Legechhe, Ami Opar Hoye Bose Acchi and Barir Kachhe Arshi Nagar.
For the Dhaka audience, the convention also offers an opportunity to listen to the musings of baul practitioners on the ways and practices of their tradition.
A seminar on the preservation of baul songs will be held today at the National Art Gallery Auditorium while a rally promoting peace will be held tomorrow, in which attendees will march on the streets between the academy and Central Shaheed Minar.

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