The Boral Baul and Fakir Utsav will be held on the 16/17 and 18th of Feburary 2018
We will represent millenary oral traditions of Bengal, baul and fakir songs and teaching stories, of Chhau theatre, anchored in the popular and religious life in Bengal, fertile soil of syncretism and of synergy between populations of multiple ethnic and religious origins.
All night long, through gestures, postures, dances, songs and stories, sounds and silences, represented pictorially through the projection of images on a screen, we will travel with the baul singers on a musical itinerary across Bengal, from the red soil of Birbhum, land of the bauls, to Purulia, to the hilly forest cradle of Chhau theatre, to Midnapur, the nest of the itinerant potua painters, adjacent to Orissa across Bankura, Birbhum, and Nadia and finally to the new cities and new talents of Shantiniketan and Kolkata . Along the way, the bauls will share with the public, the same simple language, the same social milieu, the same spiritual and artistic values as the people.of these regions. Our festival will ferry the public across on these star-studded Bengali nights, through forest and fields, across lakes and rivers to the edges of the new cities where marvelous folk songs and emotional religious theater still impregnate urban life.
Their healing songs will reveal new dimensions in the arts represented on stage and will express their noble philosophical vision. On this road, we will encounter the unique masked performances of the Chhau dancers. Each representation will be commented upon by the actors and the scenes represented will be enhanced through a minimalist décor to express the aesthetic values of the origins of these traditions.
A new initiative of Jogmaya Trust is the organization of a cinema tent at the festival site. This is part of our focus on restoring and remembering our much beloved and departed bauls. It’s also our way of bringing back these wonderful films to the people who initially inspired their making.
TENTATIVE PROGRAM IN TWO VENUES
Friday, 16 February 2018
14h Inauguration Documentary Film Festival ( Cinema Hut – Stage 1)
14h – 17 h 30
Le Chant des Fous of Georges Luneau/ 1h30 minutes
Obak Jai Here of Ranjan Palit/ 26 minutes
Guru Bandana: Invocations to the Gurus.
Led by Kanai Das Baul and Satyananda Das Baul ( Stage 1)
This will be followed by songs of Initiation to Deha Tattva in the form of questions and answers
: Songs of the Bauls and Fakirs
17 February 2018
14h Documentary Film Festival
Egaro Miles of Ruchir Joshi/ 2h 40 minutes or film by Mona Lisa Das Gupta on the Bauls
18h: Songs of the bauls and fakirs:
The bauls will lead the public out to the open air and the grounds to watch the Chhau performances.
CHHAU featuring the troupe of the late Gambhir Singh MuraThe Chhau team will consist of 30 members including 5 musicians and 9 actors and a mask maker.
Prelude orchestra and Invocation to Ganesha by the Chhau musicians.
-Parasuram Badh: Shiva, Ganesh, Kartick who can only defeat the demon Parasuram only with the help of the goddess Parvati
-Mahishashur Badh: The killing of the Buffalo Demon by the goddess Durga
-Rakshasha Ekura : Solo Dance
-Sumbha et Nisumbha: The war between the Gods and the Asuras
-Hara Dhanu Bhanga: Rama et Lakshmana are attacked by Taraka
– Ravana Badh: The killing of Ravana by Ram and Lakshman
Sunday, 18 February 2018
10h to 11.30h – Paban Das Baul in interaction with new young local musical talents (Stage 1)
14h – 18h Documentary Film Festival
Films: Ladly Mukhopadhyay on Gour Khepa and Subal Das Baul.
18h: Songs of the Bauls and Fakirs ( Stage 2)