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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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Koli

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in culture | 0 comments

Koli

Koli community is known for its distinct identity which also reflects in their dance. The dance weaves in aspects related to their lifestyle and occupation which is fishing. This lively dance helps the people of this community unwind after a hard day’s work and forget the many hardships that their occupation presents to them on a daily basis

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Cock Fight

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in culture | 0 comments

Cock Fight

A traditional cock fight in progress as a part of the traditional Magh Bihu Celebrations. Sharp blades are tied to the claws of ferocious birds, who fight each other with the intention to kill. A traditional cock fight in progress as a part of the traditional Magh Bihu Celebration at Guwahati, Assam. Sharp blades are tied to the claws of the two attacking birds, who fight each other with the intention to kill. At the end of the fight birds have injuries that may lead to their death .

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