Over 150 bauls from across the country gathered on August 11 at the National Art Plaza of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy to perform and discuss aspects related to their age-old musical tradition.
August 11 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, Bangabandhu 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.
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.
A seminar on the preservation of baul songs was also on August 12 at the National Art Gallery Auditorium while a rally promoting peace was held on August 13.