A virtual concert titled Solidarity Concert for Baul Ranesh Thakur will be held tomorrow
A notable disciple of Baul Samrat Shah Abdul Karim, Baul Ranesh Thakur’s Ashor Ghor was set on fire by miscreants on May 18, which resulted in the destruction of rare scholarly books on Baul songs and many musical instruments including drums, harmonium and monochord.
The incident, which took place at Ujaldhal village of Derai upazila in Sunamganj, has ever since been perceived across the board as a disgraceful attack not only on Baul Ranesh Thakur and his family but also on the country’s long-standing tradition of attempting to preserve and uphold its folk music.
In an initiative taken by Bangladeshi diaspora communities, a virtual concert titled Solidarity Concert for Baul Ranesh Thakur will be held tomorrow on Facebook at 8pm in Bangladesh, 10am in Canada, 3pm in UK.
Ujjal Das, A Bangladeshi currently residing abroad, is coordinating this project and hopes to shine a light on the act of barbarity committed against Ranesh Thakur and stand in solidarity with the country’s Baul musicians, who are currently ‘under threat.’
Artistes from Bangladesh, Kolkata and abroad will participate in the concert. Apart from Ranesh Thakur himself, prominent Bangladeshi musicians Bappa Mazumder, Rahul Anand, Shubi Kumer Shill, Baul Shofi Mondol will take part along with local musicians of Sylhet.
All the proceeds from the concert will directly go to Baul Ranesh Thakur.
The concert will be available on the Facebook pages of Sylhet Today 24, Nagarnat and Ujjal Das & Co.