Performing Arts

Kangaleni Shuphia is a female Baul singer. Baul songs represent the philosophical identity of the rural Bengali culture. Baul is not only a kind of music, it is basically a Bengali religious sect. Bauls dedicate their lives to music, song and meditation, and belong to an unorthodox devotional tradition. The Bauls themselves are opposed to institutional practices, rites and customs, scriptures and speculative literature. Caste, special deities, temples and sacred places play no part in Baul ideology. They do not set up any images of divinities or religious symbols in their own places of worship. They believe their own body is the temple where the supreme resides.

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