The Baul

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The word “Baul” has its origin in the Sanskrit word “Vyakula” which means “restless”. The “Baul” are a group of people from Bengal (some part of India and Bangladesh) who have kind-of-rejected the traditional social norms and have formed a distinct sect that upheld music as their religion. They can be identified by their distinctive clothes, uncut hair, long beard and a particular type of musical instrument that they use. “Baul-song” is the name given to the genre of folk music developed by this creative cult. Bauls pour out their emotions in their songs. They never bother to write down their songs and thus maintain an oral tradition. Though Bauls comprise only a small fraction of the population of Bengal, their influence on the culture of Bengal is noteworthy. In 2005, the Baul tradition was included in the list of “Masterpieces of the Oral…

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