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RadhaRaman Society presents
Baul and Vaishnav Music Festival
Sunday 29 April
In a nutshell
An exotic festival that encapsulates the original melody of the soil of Bangladesh that evolved from two highly influential philosophical musical movements called Baul and Vaishnavism.
An exceptional festival returning to London for second time portrays the true, authentic and haunting melody from the soil of Bengal. It starts at Poplar Union (East London) on 28 April, Rich Mix on 29 April and then tours Nehru Centre, London on 4 May, and Kobi Kazi Nazrul Centre (Brick Lane) on 5 May 2018.
The festival, as a whole, showcases the ecstatic performances of Bengali Baul & Vaishnav music by local Baul groups and prominent individual performers, along with the brief discussion on these two major philosophical movements of the Indian sub-continent that evolved from Hindu and Muslim (Sufi) faith and had shaken the music, literature, art of the whole region.
Curated by poet T M Ahmed Kaysher, the festival features the best Bengali folk singer in UK Gouri Chowdhury and her group, Baul Khalique Mollik and his group.
What to Expect
Bengali folk music of Sufi and Vaishnav origin, spiritual and mystic poetry of Bengal in English translation, Sufi dance, talk, and a short documentary.
RadhaRaman Society is purely a community art organisation that promotes the grandeur of Bengali colourful folk music and dance as serious art forms for young Bengali diaspora around the world, as well as the audience from diverse cultural background in the West, through collaboration with other form of folk music and dances e.g. jazz, Irish dance etc.
What people are saying
'A mesmerising event of two unique but rare genres of world music.’ - Prothom Alo
Why does Rich Mix matter?
'Rich Mix is such a vibrant venue in east London that has changed the long-running stereotype about east London. It’s easier to reach to wider audience through Rich Mix which has emerged as the major art venue in east London.'
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Things you should know
This event is wheelchair accessible.