Trivandrum: Ekathara Kalari in collaboration with Alliance Française de Trivandrum is organising the Trivandrum Ektara Festival on December 21, 2012 at Vyloppilli Samskriti Bhavan from 10 am to 10 pm. The day-long festival will feature Baul music with performance, interactions, documentary screening on Baul and sat sang.
According to a release from Alliance Française, the Baul songs are creations of musical expression combined with spirituality and yoga. It has been practiced and performed through generations since thousands of years, and continues even today. This living tradition of musical mystic practice is evolving everyday through the contributions of contemporary Baul Sadhakas (Baulpractioners).
Baul is mainly an oral tradition, intrinsically connected to the practice of Yogis, Sufis and Mystics. The beauty of this tradition is that it washed away the boundaries of classification in music – every singer and musician adores these songs of great masters, being rendered on any occasion. Baul basically searches her origin in the one-stringed instrument Ektara, known as Gopiyantra in Bengal. Ektara is a symbol of oneness, like the single ray of the sun when it touches earth and this union, giving birth to newness. Baul is ever-evolving, ever moving ahead, and is a dynamic tradition.
The Baul practitioners who will be performing in the Trivandrum Ektara Festival are Parvathy Baul (with Ektara and Duggi), Shyam Sundar Das Baul (with Ananda Lahari, Dupki, Sreekhol, Ektara and Duggi), Lakshman Das Baul (with Dotara and Ananda Lahari), Madan Das Vyragya (with Ananda Lahari and Kartal) and Shanti (Student of Parvathy Baul with Ektara and Duggi).
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