This Bengali Folk Art is Facing A Decline Due to Pandemic And Internet Culture

Published:Nov 23, 202308:24
This Bengali Folk Art is Facing A Decline Due to Pandemic And Internet Culture

With the rise of web tradition, conventional types of entertainment are witnessing a dip of their reputation. And with the pandemic, many folks artists needed to stop the artwork that had survived years and supplied a glimpse into our historical past. Nevertheless, there may be nonetheless hope as one such folks artwork is attempting to revive itself. West Bengal’s Bolan Gaan, one of many oldest types of Bengali folks tradition, is on the verge of extinction.

Bolan Gaan is Bengali folks type the place artists paint their face in vibrant colors and sing, dance, and carry out a folks story. It's normally carried out in the course of the Gajan competition, which is devoted to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva. In line with a report by Ananda Bazar, the Bengali dictionary reveals that the phrase ‘bolan’ means salutation or proverb. The report additionally added {that a} group of people researchers assume that the origin of Bolan Gaan could also be from the Bengali phrase for journey. It's believed that following the Turkish invasion of Bengal, Bolan Gaan songs have been sung on the event of Lord Shiva’s Gajan. On this folks artwork, there are 4 sorts of Bolan Gaan: Damra Bolan, Pala Bolan, Sakhi Bolan and Shmashan Bolan. At one time, Bolan songs have been prevalent in massive areas of Birbhum, Nadia, Burdwan and Murshidabad areas of West Bengal.

Nevertheless, now the artists of Bolan Gaan discover themselves struggling. In line with a latest report by The Indian Categorical, one Bolan artist Tarapada Mondal, who has been related to folks tradition for the final decade and a half, stated, “The pandemic temporarily halted it. But now, it has started again. The situation, however, is bleak.”

Mondal stated that not many individuals present curiosity in Bolan anymore. 35-year-old Sujan Majhi, who can also be a Bolan artist, advised the nationwide day by day that he had a dozen members in his staff however now he's left with simply half of them. Majhi advised The Indian Categorical that the younger technology will not be focused on folks artwork anymore since they've cellphones to entertain them. Now the artwork is simply loved by the aged individuals of the agricultural West Bengal areas.

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