Shafi Mondol

Date: 
Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Location: 
801 South 48th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143
United States

Baul folk music from Bangladesh “Calming the inner being, Shafi Mondol sings gorgeous praise songs to spiritual love. It's a rare privilege to hear music like this.” - The Scotsman, EdinburghThe Bauls of Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal wander from village to village performing a unique devotional music that UNESCO has included in its register of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Members of a religious community influenced by both Hindu and Sufi mysticism, they sing songs that represent spiritual love with very earthly metaphors, all accompanied by the one-stringed ektara and four-stringed dotara, along with dhol drum and other hand percussion. Shafi Mondol is one of their leading practitioners, performers, and teachers. He ­received his training from Shadhon Mukherjee, and he specializes in the music of Lalon Phakir, a 19th-century Bengali Sufi saint and song-maker. Mondol tours ­internationally and runs the Bhabnagor Shongeet Ashram (school), where many of his disciples are among the foremost singers of Bangladesh. His ­contribution has been pivotal in the continuation of the Baul tradition.

Categories
Event Type: 
Arts & Culture
Topic: 
Arts and Culture
Topic: 
History and Preservation
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Community Arts
Topic: 
Dance
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Music
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Folk Arts/Culture
Topic: 
Cultural Exchange
Global Region: 
Asia
Global Region: 
Bangladeshi
Global Region: 
Indian