Bengali Folk music festival held at Jorasanko Thakurbari; Purnadas Baul Felicitated


Purna Das Baul felicitated at the Kolkata Folk Music Festival

The West Bengal State Akademi of Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts organized a three day folk music festival at the Jorasanko Thakurbari premises. A folk arts and crafts fair also accompanied this folk music festival. The folk music festival has been organized by Prasar Bharati, Doordarshan Kendra and All India Radio, Kolkata in association with the West Bengal State Akademi of Dance Drama Music and Visual Arts, Rabindra Bharati University. The folk arts and crafts fair has been organized by the Akademi.


The music festival and the arts and crafts fair was inaugurated by Prof. Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury, Vice Chancellor, Rabindra Bharati University, and the Additional Director General (Programme) (ER) Akashvani/ Doordarshan.

The folk arts and crafts fair featured attractive handicraft items from all parts of West Bengal on all three days at the Jorasanko Thakurbari.


The first day of events featured the felicitation of eminent Baul artiste Purnadas Baul. Dr. Barun Chakrabarty spoke about the day’s program which was followed by Fakiri songs by Mansoor Fakir, Arman Fakir, Akkash Fakir and Babu Fakir (all from Nadia), and Baul songs by Arjun Khyapa (from Nadia), Kartik Das Baul (from Bolpur, Birbhum), Kalpana Das, and Bhakta Das Baul (from Kolkata).


The second day saw the felicitation of another eminent folk singer Amar Paul. Dr. Bimal Chattopadhyay spoke about the day’s program followed by the day’s events. Leto songs by Harakumar Gupta (from Sainthia), Jhumur songs by Indrani Mahato (from Jhargram), Radharaman/ Dhekir Gaan by Aditi Kundu (from Nabadwip), Sari/ Jari songs by Alok Sarbadhikari (from Hooghly), Tusu/ Bhadu songs by Tapasi Roychowdhury (from Naihati), Kabigaan by Mohd. Jalam Sheikh and others (from Murshidabad) and Nirmal Mondal and others (from Bolpur), Tarja by Malati Sardar and others (from Joynagar) and Madan Mohan Dutta and others (from Raidighi), and Dhankatar Gaan and Gajaner Gaan by Nupur Ranjan Goswami and others (from Howrah) formed the pat of the second day’s program.


The third and final day saw the felicitation of renowned artiste Dhaneswar Roy. Dr. Dipak Roy highlighted on the day’s program. Bhawaiyya songs by Sukhobilas Burma (from Kolkata), Dipti Roy and Mona Roy (both from Mainaguri), Bhatiyali songs by Sheikh Ziaur Rahman (from Burdwan), Dhimal songs by Garjan Mallick (from Naxalbari), Dhamail/ Marfati songs by Mousumi Chakraborty (from Nabadwip), Goalpadiya songs by Sangeeta Ray (from Coochbehar), and Khon/ Bondhuana songs by Madhabi Mohanto (from Balurghat) performed on the last day of the program.

The three day folk music festival was therefore a great musical affair for the music loving audience of the city.

Priyanka Dutta

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