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FOLK SONGS OF BENGAL by [Mazumder, Premendra]


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© Premendra Mazumder 2009

eBook published by IDEAINDIA.COM

Picture by Zakuragi

Folk Songs of Bengal is a vast treasure to explore. Folk songs display the sentiments and emotions of the common people, their hope and anguish, love and hate, dream and desire. Bengali folk songs are the phenomenal examples of excogitating these humane qualities of a vast land historically known as Bangalat or Bangal or Bangla, later on distorted by the British pronunciation as ‘Bengal’. While studying the demography of Bengal we have to consider a huge land where the people speak in the main language Bangla (Bengali). This language has so many different dialects, which vary from place to place, district to district. Before the partition of India, this entire population had a free access to interact amongst themselves, which developed their cultural solidarity right from the very grass root level. It was a threat for the rulers and the barriers were created by dividing Bengal in several parts. During independence of India in 1947, Bengal was divided in two parts East and West and the western part was given to India. This part is known as West Bengal, the capital city of which was Calcutta, now Kolkata. Some of the portions of undivided Bengal were also distributed to other neighbouring provinces like Bihar and Assam in India where the people still speaks in Bengali language. Besides this, Tripura is another province in India where Bengali is the main communicative language. Eastern part of Bengal, popularly known as Purba Bangla (East Bengal) was given to Pakistan and officially, it was known as East Pakistan, capital city of which was Dhaka. In 1971 through a great disastrous independence movement, this part of Bengal emerged as a free nation called Bangladesh, which means the ‘land of the Bengali speaking people’. Dhaka again became the capital of this sovereign state. Despite all these divisions and turmoil, the Bengali culture, language and literature, its folk songs in both the parts, have the same bonding, flavor and philosophic coherence. Though no Bengali can cross the border without a ‘visa’ still its impossible to differentiate Dhaka and Kolkata in terms of cultural connotations. Folk song is one of the richest factors of these cultural ingredients, which is the inherent spirit of Bengal. Due to the richness of Bengali folk songs, the elite urban culture always adored and admired it. Even the Noble Laureate like Rabindra Nath Tagore was highly influenced by a couple of the schools of the folk songs of Bengal. Many of his famous songs were composed on the structure of some particular Bengali folk songs, especially the Baul. Tagore’s fabulous novel ‘Gora’ starts with the description of a baul who is singing a baul-song ‘khanchar bhitar achin paakhi kemne aashe jay / dhorte paarle manobedi ditam paakhir paay’. Singer is surprised how this spirit of life comes in and goes out of the structure of the body. He also says that if it was possible to find out that spirit, he certainly would have got hold of that. Practically this song was composed by the legendary baul Lalan Fakir, the most famous sufi singer of eighties, whose secular philosophical baul songs had a great influence on Tagore.

PREMENDRA NATH MAZUMDER is a playwright and has written widely on Indian and Bengali cinema and literature both in India, Bangladesh, Portugal and Egypt. Premendra has served on Juries of numerous film festivals in India, Bangladesh, Egypt and Mongolia. He is a consultant and correspondent at numerous film festivals.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 61 pages
  • Publisher: IDEAINDIA.COM (11 August 2011)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005H2TPV6
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