Film, Video Folks of Bengal: Traditional Music & Art

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Folks of Bengal: Traditional Music & Art
Concert of Baul music native to the the Indian state of Bengal. Bauls are known for devotional songs that honor the divine within. There are about 2.500 Bauls in Bengal. Their philosophy rejects divisions of caste, creed and religion, and believes in self-searching. Their sung poetry has inspired everyone from Rabindranath Tagore to Bob Dylan and, in 2008, was inscribed in UNESCO's List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This performance features Girish Khyapa, Rabi Das Baul, Arpan Thakur Chakraborty and Manas Acharya, all of whom sing and play traditional strings and drums. It also features Mamoni Chitrakar, who performs "pater gaan," traditional songs sung while unfurling colorful paintings that depict the stories narrated in the songs.
Event Date
June 29, 2018
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Running Time
1 hours, 8 minutes,
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