Festivals or Mela are an intrinsic element of the Baul Fakiri practice. Mahotsav and Sadhuseba are two key elements in rural Bengal with the Baul fakirs. Sadhuseba is based at Akhras, which is basically seat of learning with Guru Sishya parampara (master-disciple tradition), may be seen as Soulful congregation of the musicians and celebrating togetherness.
Mela-s such as those organized in Joydeb-Kenduli, Birbhum and those organized by the Government, Baul Fakiri Utsav-s are being organized by Shaktigarh Mela Committee at Kolkata and Banglanatak dot com in rural Bengal for over a decade. Come and experience the soulful music of the Bauls at Joydev Kenduli, you can also enjoy the Baul Fakiri music at Gorbhanga, Nadia and Jalangi, Murshidabad.
The 3 days Baul Fakiri Mela 2022 celebrated Baul philosophy of humanity & brotherhood at Bannabagram Baul Ashram from 25-27 November. The days were ornamented with multiple Baul Fakiri songs presented by promising Baul singers arrived from 5 districts of West Bengal. Renowned Russian band Otava Yo and two musicians from Vietnam gleamed the event […]
Ripples Festival Season 2, held between 3rd and 5th December 2021 in the Bardhaman district of West Bengal was organized in partnership with the British Council India. The festival aimed to promote cultural heritage, rural cultural tourism and strengthen grassroots creative enterprises and help local artists adapt to new ways of working with their audiences […]
The Baul Fakir Mela 2021 was held in Bannabagram Baul Ashram from 26th to 28th November. Around 180 Bauls and Baulanis from five districts of West Bengal – Nadia, Murshidabad, Bardhaman, Birbhum and Bankura – came and celebrated their love for music. Continually affected by the pandemic, this mela was a breath of fresh air […]
WOMEX, is an international networking platform for the world of music industry held each year in a city of Europe. This year it was held from Oct 19-Oct 23, 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal. This international platform brings together professionals from the worlds of folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music and also includes concerts, conferences and […]
Urkult is a three- day music festival which is attended by people from all over the world and is organised by a non-profit organisation named Urkult Society in north of Sweden in Nasaker village. For 2017, it was organized between the 2nd to the 4th of August. As part of the banglanatak dot com team […]
Colours of Ostrava is an international multi-genre music festival organised annually in Ostrava since 2002. In 2017, it was organized from July 19th to 22nd. Baul artists like Bhajan Das Bairagya, Mohan Tanti, Khokan Das and Sumanta Das Baul participated in the same as part of the banglanatak dot com team Folks of Bengal led […]
An 8-member delegation represented India at the 10th International Folklore Festival of Noyon in France, held from July 4 – 8, 2017. It included a three-member Baul team consisting of Subhadra Sharma, Gopen Debnath from Nadia and Girish Mondal from Bardhaman as part of 16 member Folk team sent by banglanatak dot com. Teams from […]
The Ethno Krakow Festival held from 5th July to 8th July 2017 in Poland is a leading festival in Central Europe. Lead musicians and music groups from all over the world come to attend this festival which includes musical performances. The festival It has been a meeting point of various cultural backgrounds and musical traditions. […]
The 2017 edition of the Copenhagen World Music Festival was held between 7 and 9 September. The focus was on Europe’s diversity and cultural exchange and the guests included teams from India, Russia, the Baltics, China, Cuba, Brazil and Morocco. Folks of Bengal team of banglanatak dot com led by Debalina Bhowmick also had a […]
A three-member team had visited the Transform Festival in Trondheim, Norway, during October 2017. One of them was the Baul artist Girish Khyapa who had performed before an ecstatic audience.
The Armor India Festival is organized by the association Aadi in different parts of the commune Morlaix, Brittany, France. In the 2018 version of the same, a four-member Folks of Bengal team led by Rina Das Baul participated in the Armor India festival in France’s Morlaix, Britanny, in May 2018. They had 3 performances and […]
Young Baul artists Sadhu Das and Kangal Khyapa and percussionist Khokan Das were among the 5 member Folks of Bengal team led by Debalina Bhowmick and Dipannita Acharya, which performed in Sweden at Urkult.
Folks of Bengal band led by Debalina Bhowmick performed at Karlsruhe Festival in Germany held on 14 and 15 July 2018. The team, also comprising Sumanta Das Baul, Mohan Tanti and Khokon Das, earned great appreciation from the audience and music connoisseurs present at the event.
Started from 2014, the Salföldi Dalföld Music Festival is one of the prominent village music festivals of Hungary. A four-member Folks of Bengal team led by Debalina Bhowmick won the hearts of audiences at the music festival held on 7 and 8 July 2018. The team also comprised Sumanta Das Baul, Mohan Tanti and Khokon Das.
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an international exposition of living cultural heritage annually produced outdoors on the National Mall of the United States in Washington, D.C., by the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Baul artist Girish Khyapa and Robi Mondal participated in the festival as part of Folks of Bengal team led […]