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Abhijit Bose: “Music and Nature in Rural Bengal” (Thurs 9/21 - 6:00-8:00pm)

Event Start: 
Thu, 09/21/2017 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusioclogy)

The Center for Ethnomusicology presents a conversation and demonstration with:

Abhijit Bose

“Music and Nature in Rural Bengal: The Tides of Bhatiyali, Bhawaiyya, Baul, and Jhumur.” 

Event Start: Thursday, September 21, 2017 6:00-8:00pm
Location: 701C Dodge Hall (The Center for Ethnomusicology)

Free and open to the public. Space is limited.  

In this lecture and performance, Abhijit Bose will examine the integral relationship between nature, specifically the tides, in rural Bengal (both East and West), and its musical genres. The high tides and low tides of rural Bengal bring with it narratives of separation, hardship, fertility, and enchantment – all of which are embodied in the musical genres of Bhatiyali, Bhawaiyya, Baul, and Jhumur

Bose will elaborate on the instruments, melodies, and rhythms used in these genres, the lyrics and their meanings, and the multi-dimensional history of the people of rural Bengal – all the while reiterating the fluidity between political borders.

Abhijit Bose is a folk singer, song writer, composer, and music director based in West Bengal, India. He specializes in the rural musical traditions of West Bengal and Bangladesh, and encourages musical education, by bringing awareness of rural genres to the urban public. His knowledge of the various linguistic dialects of Bengal, coupled with his studies on the history and style of various genres in the region, enriches his own approach to performance. Bose now experiments with musical fusion and believes that modern songs can be enriched through constant dialogue with folk traditions. He is currently a regular performer on All India Radio and Doordarshan.

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