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Folklore, Religion and the Songs of a Bengali Madman : A Journey Between Performance and the Politics of

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This study of Bengali folksongs is based on the author’s ethnographic participant research in West Bengal. The study focuses on the songs and teachings of a widely popular contemporary Bengali guru called Bhaba Pagla, who has helped to keep the tradition of Baul songs alive. The work of contemporary Baul performer Sannyasi Das Baul is also explored. Looking at the socio-cultural dynamics at work in the composer-audience-patron negotiation, the study reveals how Bhaba Pagla’s songs and lyrics reflect the history of unorthodox Hindu movements at the border between India and Bangladesh, and seeks to explain the cultural politics behind Bhaba Pagla’s absence from previous works on Bauls and Bengali folksongs. The impact of audio-video technologies on the guru-disciple line of transmission is also examined. Selected songs of Bhaba Pagla are presented in English. The book includes a catalog of field recordings, discography, filmography, and annotated webliography. It is illustrated with color photos. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 332
Genre: Religion + Beliefs
Series Title: Jerusalem Studies in Religion and Culture
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Brill Academic Pub
Author: Carola Lorea
Language: English
Street Date: August 11, 2016
TCIN: 51544166
UPC: 9789004324701
Item Number (DPCI): 248-23-4404

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