Baul and mystic songs programme in Sylhet
Baul and mystic songs dominated a regional programme in Sylhet city, held on Saturday night to protest against irresponsible actions that facilitate climate change and environmental degradation.
Thousands of people jostled for place on the Surma riverbank in Sylhet city where the event was held.
The bauls raised the burning issues of our times through their traditional songs in a function called ‘Jalobayu O Daridro Shunani’ (Hearing on Environment and Poverty).
Artistes of Palli Baul Samaj Unnayan Sangstha also presented songs of Lalon, Radha Raman, Hason Raja and Shah Abdul Karim. The function was dedicated to the memory of the recently deceased Shah Abdul Karim. The organisers were the Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL), Haor group with assistance from Oxfam and IDEA, a regional NGO.
Folk artiste Shahnaz Beli and her team presented several songs. Other local artistes and groups such as Birohi Kala Mia also came on stage with their mesmerising folk songs.
Sylhet City Mayor Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran delivered a speech on the occasion.
Several farmers like Matiur Rahman from Biswambharpur, Abul Hossain from Jamamganj, Kamal Uddin from Brahmanbaria, Gunendra Sen from Srimangal and a fisherman from Habiganj, Omar Ali, recounted tales of misery caused by climate change and poverty.
Programme coordinator Nazmul Haque, politician Lokman Ahmed, lawyer EU Shahidul Islam Shahin, Assistant Professor of Shahjalal University Faisal Ahmed and Sylhet Press Club general secretary Ahmed Nur attended the event.