Bhawaiya

Bhawaiya is a genre of North Bengal folk songs sung primarily in the Rajbanshi dialect of Bengali. The subjects are closely interwoven with the Rajbonshi community’s rural life. The songs reflect their joy, sorrow and the experience of living in harmony with nature.

Bhawaiya Artists

Malay Kinnar

Malay Kinnar is an expert Dhol player who started learning to play the instrument at the age of 20. Trained by Balaram Hazra, a veteran Dhol player and a recipient of the Banga Ratna Award of the Government of West Bengal, Malay was conferred the same award in 2016. He also had the honor of performing before the former President of India, Late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. A regular artist for All India Radio and television channel Doordarshan, Malay has performed at events across India, in Delhi, Mumbai, Karnataka, Goa and Assam. He has also performed in Bangladesh. Malay has also played for many Bhawaiya albums.

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Dipankar Roy Dakua

Dipankar Roy Dakua, a leading flute player, Dipankar was born at Maynaguri in Jalpaiguri district in 1980 and learned the art of playing the instrument from Subhas Sarkar of Bangladesh, Prabhu Gouranga Das who specialized in classical music, and Jatan Roy who specialized in Bengali folk music. Dipankar is a regular artiste for All India Radio for over five years now. He also plays regularly for the Doordarshan television channel. He has performed across India, in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Goa, Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya, and at the Sur Jahan World Peace Music Festival in Kolkata. He has also performed in Bhutan, where he was hosted by the office of Bhutan’s King, and in Nepal and Bangladesh.

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