Bangla Qawwali

Baul-Fakiri music has many variants including Bangla Qawwali, a genre heavily influenced by Sufism. It was nearly lost by the end of 19th Century and was revived by the Fakirs of Gorbhanga in Nadia in the early 2000s, with crucial support from a few researchers. By 2017, Bangla Qawwali had regained popularity and earned a place in the hearts and minds of young generations. Sufism in Bengal evolved from Chaitanyadev’s Bhakti Movement and Bauls and Fakirs are ‘Sufis of the East’. Bangla Qawwali is now a globally recognized, vibrant genre of Baul-Fakiri music.

Bangla Qawwali Artists

Babu Fakir

Born in 1970, Babu Fakir was inspired by his father and went on to learn Fakiri and Bangla Qawwali songs in his early years. He came in touch with banglanatak dot com in 2004, was subsequently trained in Bangla Qawwali, and went on to perform in different cities of the country and abroad, including in Paris, the UK, Switzerland and Japan. He specializes in the songs of Lalan Fakir, Duddu Shah, Panju Shah as well as Kirtan (a devotional music genre). He also trains young artists. His songs also feature in many other music albums, including ‘Nadia’, 'Gorbhangar Gaan', 'Bangla Qawwali' and ‘Compilation of Baul songs'.

Choto golam

A resident of Jalangi in Murshidabad, he is one of the most talented and popular contemporary Bangla Qawwali singers. Gifted with a baritone voice, Chhoto Golam was initially trained by his father Fakir Alimuddin Mondal. Subsequently, he was introduced to Bangla Qawwali by his Guru Abdur Rashid Sarkar of Bangladesh. Chhoto Golam and his team have performed across India, including New Delhi, Goa and Bangalore. His songs also feature in many other music albums, including 'Bangla Qawwali' and ‘Compilation of Baul songs'

Arman Fakir

He was initiated into Marfati music by his Guru Gani Pagol of Bangladesh through Kadria Tarika, a form of Fakiri music introduced by Abdul Kader Jilani. However, Armaan’s first Guru was his father Shamsuddin Khan, better known as Shamu Pagal. Armaan has specialized in Bangla Qawwali since 1995 and also continues to sing the songs of Lalon Fakir from childhood. He has a vast repertoire of songs composed by various lyricists. Armaan has immense contribution behind ‘Sahaj Geeti’ — a compendium of 1200 Baul-Fakiri songs. He is also well-known for his philosophical verses. A renowned Guru of Fakiri music, Armaan trains young artists at his ashram in Nadia’s Gorbhanga. He also trained the actors of Bengali feature film ‘Moner Manush’, based on the life of Lalon Fakir and directed by Gautam Ghosh. He leads a Bangla Qawwali team that has performed in different cities of India and abroad. His songs are part of the albums ‘Gorbhangar Gaan’, ‘Lokjan’, ‘Nadia’, 'Bangla Qawwali' and ‘Compilation of Baul songs'.

Akkas Fakir

Akkas Fakir, a singer who has been trained since from 7 years of age, is very popular nowadays for his baritone voice. Initially he was a follower of legendary Daata Baba but was later introduced to Bangla Qawwali by Arman Fakir. Akkas has performed in home and has performed in Paris, Switzerland, Japan. He has an Ashram of his own where Fakiri music is practiced regularly

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