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Music is the universal language of mankind.. absolutely true. Be it the bagpipes of Scottish highlands or the Indian folklores, music spans a vastness beyond our imagination. From Spanish Flamenco to Bhatiali of Bengal, from American Jazz to music of the films, from Indian classical to Sufi music of the middle eastern origin all of them has the capability to take us beyond our realm. Sometimes it brings tears, sometimes a deep meditation to the inner self, sometimes joy and at times memories. Time and again we see people from all backgrounds, from poor to rich giving passionate response to music from different language of their own. Travel acts as a catalyst enriching our musical upliftment wherein we see people from western world travelling far east to take lesson in Indian Classical Instrument.Occassional visits to India by great rock bands like Pink Floyd, to Megadeth to Pearl Jam to guitarists like Joe Satriani shows the far reaching impact regardless of language barrier. Be it the Doverlane music conference to the Woodstock festival, from baul music festival of Joydev Fair to the rock music bands we see the same resonance everywhere where this universal language has always originated from heart. It proves the proverb-love knows no boundary as absolute truth.

The Songs and Harmony of Joydev Fair

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in culture, festival, Music Mania | 0 comments

The Songs and Harmony of Joydev Fair

Every year on Makar Sankranti or Pous Sankranti, which marks the transition of the sun into the zodiac sign of Capricorn a baul song mela is held in Birbhum.Apart from Joydev mela or fair Labhpur in Birbhum district serves as the birthplace of  one of the leading Bengali writers; Tarashankar Bandopadhyay. The fair commemorates the day when Joydev, the poet of Gita Govinda took a bath on that auspicious day at Kadaambokhandi ghat of the Ajay river at Jaydev Kenduli. Thousands of  bauls, a community of wandering minstrels who sings and plays various  instrument including ektara gather on this occasion. As such it is called baul mela or baul fair. Bauls mainly sing devotional songs and it is said that they inherited the legacy of Joydev poems and songs.Well known personalities from Shantiniketan at Bolpur visited this baul fair like Kshiti Mohan Sen, Nandalal Bose, Provat Kumar Mukhopadhyay, Ramkinkar Baij, and Santideb Ghosh visited Jaydev Kenduli and contributed towards the spread of its name and added to its fame. A centuries old tradition is still now retaining its own glory and worth a visit by ever travel...

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