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The wandering minstrels of Bengal ( West Bengal, parts of Assam and Tripura in India and Bangladesh) - they are an intrinsic part of the rural culture. Called Bauls , they are restless , forever wandering and composers of songs that speak of eagerness for spiritual life where one meets … (read more)

The wandering minstrels of Bengal ( West Bengal, parts of Assam and Tripura in India and Bangladesh) - they are an intrinsic part of the rural culture. Called Bauls , they are restless , forever wandering and composers of songs that speak of eagerness for spiritual life where one meets the "person of the heart" - the eternal beloved . Even through their beliefs are a curious mix of Tantra, Vaishnavism , sufism and Buddhism , most of the compositions speak of rising above religious walls. Baul in Bengali,often is used to mean a wandering madcap who forever seeks.

Lalon Fakir -perhaps the most famous among them writes [Excerpt]:

Everyone wonders, "What's Lalon faith?"
Lalon says, "I've never 'seen' the face
of Faith with these eyes of mine!"

Circumcision marks a Muslim man,
what then marks a Muslim woman?
A Brahmin I recognize by the Holy thread;
how do I recognize a Brahmin-woman?

Some wear a garland and some the tasbi,
that's what marks the Faiths apart.
But what marks them apart when
one is born or at the time of death?


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