• Heterogeneity and Baul Spirituality: The Songs of Baul Taskir Ali in Bangladesh

    Author(s):
    Golam Rabbani (see profile)
    Date:
    2023
    Group(s):
    TC Postcolonial Studies
    Subject(s):
    Bauls, Bauls in literature, Bauls--Music
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Baul Literature, Heterogeneity, Spirituality, South Asian Studies
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/jnn6-7p28
    Abstract:
    This article briefly explores the contemporary heterogeneous song-texts of Taskir Ali (popularly known as Baul Taskir) from Sunamgonj, in the district of Sylhet, Bangladesh. Bauls are nomadic communities in Bangladesh and West Bengal, India, and they express their profound spiritual philosophy and thoughts through their songs and performance. Taskir Ali belongs to the Baul school of thoughts in Sylhet known as the dhamail. His musical creations address, explore, satirize, investigate, and protest against many historical and contemporary social issues in Bangladesh. The short analysis of his songs in this paper present a variety of aesthetics addressing materialism, eco-centrism, secularism, patriotism, and son forth. Baul tradition and culture are the central features of folklore in Bangladesh, and Taskir Ali’s songs represent the fundamental aspects of diverse and inclusive spiritualties of South Asian oral literature and music.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    6 months ago
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