Concerts from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

JUNE 29, 2018

Folk of Bengal

Whittall Pavilion

Mystic minstrels from the Indian state of Bengal, the Bauls are known for devotional songs that honor the divine within. There are about 2500 Bauls in Bengal. Their philosophy rejects divisions of caste, creed, and religion, and believes in self-searching. Their sung poetry has inspired everyone from Rabindranath Tagore to Bob Dylan and, in 2008, was inscribed in UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This performance features Girish Khyapa, Rabi Das Baul, Arpan Thakur Chakraborty, and Manas Acharya, all of whom sing and play traditional strings and drums. It also features Mamoni Chitrakar, who will perform pater gaan, traditional songs sung while unfurling colorful paintings that depict the stories narrated in the songs. The five artists will take the audience on a journey through traditional Baul music.

The concert is presented with the support of banglanatak dot com - India, Communities Connecting Heritage (U.S. State Department and World Learning), and the 2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Most concerts are held in the Coolidge Auditorium (located on the Ground Floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress) or the Whittall Pavilion (next to the Coolidge, on the Ground Floor, Jefferson Building). Occasionally, concerts may be in other locations, which will be specified above in the concert description. Presented in Partnership with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.