1 August 2019 to 3 August 2019
August ’19 was august indeed. The Urkult Festival in Näsåker, a small village in Sweden with about 600 inhabitants celebrates folk and world music with both domestic and international elements. The 25 th edition of the World Music Festival Urkult was held this year from August 1 st to August 3 rd in which innumerous musicians from all around the world partook. Both the artists and audience travel to the venue by a train, the journey of which is very enthralling. Apart from concerts on various stages, the program consists of activities, workshops, poetry and a variety of activities for the little ones. Crafts and ecological food are other regular features at Urkult. Among various groups and solo performers, the participants from Bengal are worth mentioning. The Bauls of Bengal, headed by Dipannita Acharya, vocalists and instrumentalists, Debalina, Sadhu, Kangal and Khokan gave an hour long spectacular performance making the audience dance to their folk beats. The 2 nd of August marked their third consecutive year of participation in Urkult. Also, a group of five members of a martial-art based mask dance, Chau, hailing from a district named Purulia in Bengal, put on an incredible show and an interesting workshop. The festival also witnessed a stall by Tajkira Begum who is a Kantha artist from the Birbhum district of West Bengal.
3 April 2019 to 8 April 2019
Tita Nzebi a Gabonese born French singer was the first Gabonese who visited India in 2017. In this occasion she and our two musicians Gobinda Das Baul and Sandip Bag participated in the cultural collaboration. Based on this excellent musical collaboration Tita Nzebi decided to include two collaborative musical numbers in her album. The name of the album is “ From Kolkata”. For release of the said album Tita Nzebi invited our two artists Gobinda Das Baul and Sandip Bag on the 6th April 2019 in Paris. The concert took place in a prestigious venue of Paris named Café De La Dance. The concert was successful with full house and people enjoyed the concert thoroughly.
12 February 2019 to 17 February 2019
A Folks of Bengal band led by Arpan Thakur Chakraborty performed at Fagun Fest in London, Harrow Music Festival, Harrow and Baul Utsab, Cardiff held on 12th to 17th February 2019. The team, also comprising Sadhu Das Baul, Deepmoy Das along with some musicians from Bengali Diaspora of London. The team earned great appreciation from the audience present at the events.
28 December 2018 to 29 December 2018
Muzsikas is one of the oldest renowned folk band of Hungary. Every year they invite musical groups from different countries to Hungary for Collaboration. This year Muzsikas invited Folks of Bengal from India for the performance. Folks of Bengal represented by Debalina Bhowmick, Kangal Khyapa, Mohan Tati and Khokan Das earned great appreciation from the audience and also presented a soulful collaborativemusical piece with Muzsikas.
2 August 2018 to 4 August 2018
A five-member Bauls of Bengal team led by Dipannita Acharya won the hearts of the audience at Urkult festival in Sweden, held from 2 to 4 August, 2018. The performance by the team, also comprising Debalina Bhowmick, Sadhu Das Baul, Kangal Das Baul and Khokon Das, was broadcast live by the Swedish national radio.
14 July 2018 to 15 July 2018
A Folks of Bengal band led by Debalina Bhowmick performed at Karlsruhe festival in Germany, held on 14 and 15 July, 2018. The team, also comprising Sumanta Das Baul, Mohan Tanti and Khokon Das, earned great appreciation from the audience and music connoisseurs present at the event.
7 July 2018 to 8 July 2018
A four-member Folks of Bengal team led by Debalina Bhowmick won the hearts of audiences at Salfoldi Dalfold music festival in Hungary, held on 7 and 8 July, 2018. The team also comprised Sumanta Das Baul, Mohan Tanti and Khokon Das.
4 May 2018 to 10 May 2018
A four-member Folks of Bengal team led by Rina Das Baul participated in the Armor India festival in France’s Morlaix, Britanny, in May 2018. They had 3 performances and Rina mesmerized the audience with her fantastic Baul songs. She was accompanied by Dibakar Das Baul, Sajib Sarkar in Dhol and Subhrakamal Chattopadhyay in Flute.