Marking the 15th founding anniversary of Sirajganj Baul Shilpigoshthi, a leading cultural organisation based in the northern districts of Bangladesh, a two-day Pala Gaan session was recently organised by its artistes at the Shahid Monsur Ali Auditorium.
Aynal Boyati, prominent folk singer of Sirajganj and Nilufar Yeasmin, leading folk artist of Naogaon performed the night long Pala-Gaan.
Traditional Bangla folk music, such as Jari Sari, Pala Gaan, Bhatiyali, and Bhoaiya, are losing its practice apart from cultural programmes. “Once upon a time, people living in the rural regions of Bangladesh used to celebrate the night long Pala Gaan. However, with almost no platform to practice this art form, Pala singers now prefer to pursue other careers as they also have to think about their survival.,’ shared Sanjib Sarkar, President of Sirajganj Baul Shilpigoshthi, demanding to enhance support for the folk artists to survive in the society. “People are habituated with the remix music and modern songs. Through the presentation of Guru Shissho, the artistes highlighted the real picture in the society.” The event also featured various Pala performances and rendition of folk songs by local artistes.