A THREE-DAY Lalon Festival ended at Lalon Akhra in Chheuria village of Kushtia on Friday.
The Lalon Academy in association with the cultural affairs ministry organised the festival in memory of late eminent mystic, songwriter, social reformer and thinker Lalon Shah.
The festival, which was begun on Wednesday, featured Lalon Mela, discussion and rendition of Lalon songs by artistes of Lalon Academy and bauls from across the country.
Prime minister’s energy adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury inaugurated the festival as the chief guest. Kushtia deputy commissioner Aslam Hossain chaired the inaugural ceremony.
Mahbubul Alam Hanif, lawmaker of Kushtia-3 constituency, was present as the special guest while Islamic University vice-chancellor Professor M Harun-Ur-Rashid Askari delivered the key-note speech as the chief discussant.
The festival venue was was decorated beautifully. Hundreds of bauls, sadhus, thousands of devotees, along with common enthusiasts attended the event.
Lalon has secured a unique position in the history of traditional music for his humanitarian songs, blending philosophies of different devotional traditions such as Shahajia of Buddhism, Shahajia of Vaishnavism, Sufism of Islam and several others.
Lalon left no written copies of his songs, which were transmitted orally and only later transcribed by his followers. Also, most of his followers could not read or write either, so few of his songs are found in written form. Rabindranath Tagore published some of the songs in the monthly Prabasi magazine in Kolkata.
According to experts, Lalon composed less than two thousand songs. However, many rural bauls claim that the number would be over 10,000.
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