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Lalon festival abuzz with followers, visitors

  • Published at 12:41 am October 18th, 2017
Lalon festival abuzz with followers, visitors
Thousands of followers of Baul Samrat Lalon Shah have been pouring in from parts of the country, with some from even abroad, at the three-day festival being held at his cemetery at Chheuriya, Kushtia. Chheuriya, some 10 kilometres off Kushita town, is close to the Kaliganga River and a 10-minute ride on any motorised vehicle from the city. But, it is taking nearly an hour for the followers and visitors to reach the venue as the crowd there kept swelling. Balyaseba and Punyaseba, two of the vital segments of the festival, were held engaging around 5,000 bauls on Tuesday. The Lalon Academy and Kushtia district administration have jointly organising the festival in association with the Cultural Affairs Ministry to mark his 127th death anniversary. Traders have erected makeshift shops to sell products, mainly including food items and musical instruments at the festival which will draw the curtains on Wednesday through a discussion and joint performance of lalon song. The most prominent figure in Bangladesh’s baul tradition, Lalon Shah had died on the first day of Bangla month of Kartik in 1297 (October 17, 1890) at the age of 116.
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