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Bhatiali (or Bhatiyali) is a traditional form of folk music in Bengal, Bangladesh and West Bengal. It is a traditional boat song, sung by boatmen while going down streams of the river, as the word comes from Bhata meaning ebb or downstream. It is mostly sung in the Mymensingh District along the Brahmaputra River or the Bhati (lower region of a river) area. The lyrics are traditionally about boating, fishing and rivers. Notable collectors, composers and writers in the genre are Miraz Ali, Ukil Munshi, Rashid Uddin. Jalal Khan, Jang Bahadur, Shah Abdul Karim and Umed Ali. Singer Abbas Uddin made the genre popular.

Published: 12:00 am Sunday, February 02, 2014

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