Boral Baul Fakir Festival

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.



Stage 1 – inside the Sen Gardens compound.
Stage 2 – the football field opposite Saral Dighi in collaboration with the Shakti Sangha Club

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

18 h

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.

20h  This event will take place in as Stage 2.

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

21h- 24h: Songs of the Bauls and Fakirs

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.

Sufi Soul

18h: Songs of the Bauls and Fakirs ( Stage 2)

22h Milan Sangeet by  Baul Gurus.
End of Program.
Note: The Program Schedule is a tentative one and it is subject to change according to the situations.