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Bengal: Bengali Traditional Folk Music CD

Bengal: Bengali Traditional Folk Music CD

  • $1529

Bengal, a historically important and culturally distinctive region in the northeast of the Indian subcontinent that today is separated by the India-Bangladesh border, is the source of the Baul song tradition. Inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Baul songs originated from the Bauls—a mystical and unorthodox community of mostly itinerant singers and musicians whose music and way of life are a significant influence on Bengali culture. In addition to Baul songs, the album presents a boatmen’s song (bhatiyali), a bhajan, and a kirtan. Instrumentation includes flutes, drums, cymbals, and small lutes.

This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available again, including more than a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Track listing:

1. Baul song - 5:12
2. Baul song - 4:37
3. Baul song - 3:17
4. Bhatiyali song - 3:21
5. Flute - 6:40
6. Flute - 2:37
7. Flute - 2:11
8. Bhajana - 11:42
9. Kirtana - 12:05
10. Song - 3:01
11. Song - 3:02

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