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‘Sahaj Parav’, Three Day Long Musical Extravaganza Celebrating the Cultural Richness of India

Kolkata-Root-Music-festival

Sahaj Parav-the root music festival organized by Dohar and Lopamudra productions was a three day musical extravaganza. It began on the 31st of July and ended on the 2nd of August. Held at the Rabindra Sadan premises, the root music festival in its second year saw many eminent musical personalities gracing the stage for the event.

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The first day saw a musical gathering in the open area of the venue titled Sahaj Jatra. The inauguration of the Sahaj Parav 2015 was done by Padma Bhushan Teejan Bai and Santanu Moitra. Ustad Ali Ahmad Hussain Khan and Shri Balaram Hajra were felicitated on the first day of the event. The first day saw performances by Kirtan by Suman Bhattacharya, Debatoyi by Manipuri Dance Group and Pandabani by Padma Bhushan Smt. Teejan Bai.

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The second day of the root music festival saw a great act of Bihu by Simanta Shekhar who hails from Assam. Champreng Badan by Sadagar Deb Burma from Tripura, Qawwali by Munawar Masoom from Madhya Pradesh and Sidi Goma (African Tribal Dance) by Sidi Dhamal Dance troupe from Gujarat kept the audiences enthralled.
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The last day saw performances like Bangla Folk Songs by Surjyolal and Shailen from Bangladesh, Flute and other instrumental recital by Bheyali Folklore Group from Kerala, Gotipua by Chandramoni Prodhan from Odhisa and Baul and other devotional music by Parbati Baul. Padma Vibhushan Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia was felicitated at the event.

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Apart from these events, every day at the Rabindra Sadan premises around 12 stalls showcased performances by folk musicians from around the region. On all three days, at Gaganendra Art gallery, an exhibition of masks from across India was also kept open for all visitors.

Sahaj Parav therefore was a great celebration of root music.

Priyanka Dutta

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Baul Utsab Kolkata- Three days of Living and Listening Baul Fakiri Music: Rise of Baulani the Focal Point of Discussions


Baul Utsab Kolkata

The Baul Utsab held at EZCC with the aid of West Bengal Backward Classes Welfare Department (under Government of West Bengal) was a three day musical affair. Workshops and great folk music featured in the three day event. Bauls from Nadia, Murshidabad, Bankura and Birbhum featured in this Baul Utsab.

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Some of the highlighting issues which came up in the course of the workshops include the rise of the women Bauls in the state. They have adopted the name Baulani (female Bauls). The rise of the female Bauls is an interesting event and this was discussed fervently at the workshop. The women just accompanied the bauls but now they have taken this very seriously, which is of much importance.

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The Baul Utsab also highlighted on the lesser known Bauls and provided them with a platform to showcase their skills. Not all Bauls have received such platform and with this initiative, the lesser known Bauls will be provided with a platform to harness their skills. Some of the Bauls who performed at this Baul Utsab include Chote Gholam, Khaibor Fakir, Robi Das Baul, Manik Das Baul, Devdas Baul, Minati Mohanty, Bedana Karigar, Bharati Sarkar, Tapan Das, Mohan Tati and many more.

Kolkata-Baul-Utsab

The workshop also brought forth the variations of Baul fakiri music from one district to the other in Bengal. Despite being from the so-called backward classes, the musicians and their music are all of great taste. Their music enriched the audience about the rich heritage and culture of the region.

Baul Utsab proved to be a great platform for the Baul singers and helped in promoting their music. Noble initiatives of this kind are most welcome in the future days too.

Priyanka Dutta

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