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Sama Arts Network presents


Sunday 7 May
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In a nutshell

Papia is a poet, lyricist and singer of traditional Baul songs - including the rural genre of Jhumur songs of Bengal.

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Papia Das Baul is an artist, poet and Baul singer. As a unique, versatile personality she is a brand name in poetry and painting with her signature name Papia Ghoshal. Many of her paintings and poems carry the strong influence of the Baul philosophy. After having spent more than twenty years of her life with the bauls and the fakirs of rural Bengal she acquired her spiritual and musical name Papia Das Baul.

Besides traditional Baul songs, Papia also is a unique performer of the rare genre of rural Jhumur songs from the tribal areas of Bengal. Her raw and rural voice gives the traditional songs a very individual feel. Being a poet and a lyricist, she also composes her own songs, based on the traditions, practice and philosophy of the Bauls. For the last few years she has had German musician Sebastian Dreyer as a regular member of her group accompanying her on sitar and dotara.

What to Expect

A double bill:

Songs of Rabindra Baul / Tagore Songs

Shemonty Monjari, a young Rabindrasangeet artist, stepped into the musical journey of her life at the age of four, holding her father’s hands. Her father, Sohrab Uddin is a renowned organizer and also once was a singer. Her mother, Nasima Khan is also a Rabindrasangeet artist and it was their encouragement which took her forward in this path. As being brought up in a family where music was the priority, Shemonty was blessed by very talented personalities like Wahidul Haque, Sanjida Khatun and Mita Huq.

Imtiaz Ahmed is an exponent of Tagore songs. He was born in a musical family and has been singing from an early age. His music started under the guidance of his father Dr Mafizuddin Ahmed. He learnt classical music from Ustad Mozammel Hossain and Pandit Hari Das Ganguli. He was trained Tagore songs under the tutelage of Wahidul Haque, Sanjida Khatun and Maya Sen. His albums on Tagore songs have acclaimed appreciation in both Bangladesh and West Bengal.

Who's Involved

Sama Arts Network is one of the UK's oldest and most influential arts organisations in the genre of traditional and contemporary South Asian arts.

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Things you should know

Suitable for ages 16+

This event is wheelchair accessible.

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