The melody of the desert is to meet the lyricism of the rivers at specially designed folk art and music festivals in Kolkata to revive the arts and to aid the artists.
The three-day festival called Folk Safar (journey of folk) is curated by banglanatakdotcom, a non-profit organisation which plays critical catalyst for revival of folk art and folk music of the eastern India at open air stage Mohar Kunja at the heart of city’s cultural district from February 12 to 14.
Every year, banglanatakdotcom stages the world’s biggest folk music festival where folk artists from across the globe participate and people of the city undertake a fascinating journey in the world of folk music.
“But this year, we cannot hold Sur Jahan because of the pandemic. This is why we have thought of Folk Safar, Dunes to Delta, where we are bringing the maestros of folk music to enthrall the audience,” said Ranjan Sen of banglanatakdotcom.
With life slowly swinging back to normal, the city’s cultural scape is slowly opening up.
The pandemic has dealt a severe blow both to the art forms and artists. Folk Safar is an attempt to restore normalcy in the world of folk art.
There will be a Kalbelia dance performance by Kalbelia dance guru Kalunath Kalbelia and his troupe. Rajasthan’s Diwana folk music group will be lead by Gazi Khan, accompanied by Padamashree Anwar Khan, Khamaicha by Ustad Ghewar Khan, Dhol by Firoze Khan, Sarengi by Meheruddin Langa and desert music king Sardar Khan Langa and Buddhu Khan Langa. The troupe will bring alive the ancient musical tradition of Barmer desert village Jagir.
Of course, the music of the dune will be interfaced by the folk music riverine Bengal and its delta region.
There will be Baul, Fakit, Bhawaia, Bhatialai, Jhumur, Chhow, Natua, Raibeshe, Putul Naach (Dance of dolls), Gambhira.