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RED  FM will Organise Poila Baithak : A Celebration of Boishakh


News Desk, News Nation 360 : Baishakh or Boishakh in Bengal’s life and space is the reciprocation of New Year, joy, merrymaking & of course Gurudev Tagore. 93.5 RED FM, India’s leading private radio and entertainment network is going to host the 4th edition of ‘Poila Boithak’ to celebrate the rich eternal relation of Bengali New Year with Rabindranath Tagore and Bengal’s Baul. The event aims to bring together the best of Bangladeshi Baul and Bengali Baul artists on one platform on 22nd April 2023 at EZCC. The event will celebrate the soul of Bengal with the freedom and spontaneity of the mystical verse and music alongside promoting a few streets Baul to the


larger audience. The event will celebrate the Bengali ethos with baul music across the repair and popular Bangla, food, and adda. The event will be hosted by the city’s most beloved voices RJ Nilam and RJ Niel. With the theme ‘Baul Beyond Borders’, the event will explore variations in Baul music with Baul artists such as Joler Gaan, Karthika Das Baul, and Fakira who will enliven the event with their soulful performances. The event will also offer an experience zone including the best of mixed cuisines, handicrafts, folk art, and fashion stalls including nail art and mehendi, and much more. A celebration of Boishakh is incomplete without the salutation of Gurudev Tagore. Not many would know that Tagore himself admitted that he was deeply influenced by Baul's songs and philosophy while delivering his Hibbert Lecture, the annual series of non-sectarian lectures on theological issues organized by Hibbert Trust, at Oxford University in 1930. Tagore was deeply moved by the lyrical beauty and tune of Baul's songs. The spiritual romanticism of Baul's philosophy influenced Tagore so deeply that he went as far as calling himself Rabindra Baul. Later, he even played the role of a blind baul in his play Phalguni. There are about two hundred Tagore songs written and composed in Baul style like Bhenge Mor Ghorer Chabi, Aakash Theke Khoslo Tara, Amar Mon Jokhon Jagli Na re, Ami kaan Pete Roi, Pran Chay Chokshu Na Chai, Megher Kole Rod Aseche to name a few. 

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Report : Anustup Kundu

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