Bhatiali, Indian Folk Music - Informative & researched article on Bhatiali, Indian Folk Music
 Indianetzone: Largest Free Encyclopedia of India with thousand of articlesIndian Music


in  
 Art & Culture|Entertainment|Health|Reference|Sports|Society|Travel
Forum  | Free E-magazine  | RSS Feeds  
Indian Drama & Theatre|Indian Music|Indian Movies|Indian Television
Home > Movies & Entertainment > Indian Music > Indian Folk Music > Bhatiali
Bhatiali, Indian Folk Music
Bhatiali is a folk song generally sung by boatman while going down the river stream.
 
 Bhatiali, Indian Folk MusicBhatiali or Bhatiyali as it is also known as is the traditional or folk music practiced in the West Bengal state of India. It is a conventional boat song mainly sung by boatmen while going down streams of river.

Origin of Bhatiali/ Bhatiyali
This form of folk song has been made popular by boatmen from Bangladesh, as they were the first people to actually start singing this in the Mymensingh district along the Brahmaputra River or the Bhati (lower region of a river) area. At one time, there were total five types of bhatiyali in Bangladesh but some of these forms are extinct at present.

Meaning of Bhatiali/ Bhatiyali
The word Bhatiyali comes from Bhata meaning ebb or downstream. In literal sense, the term Bhatiyali signifies the particular type of folk music sung by the boatman during his up-journey across down streams of the Riverine districts of Bengal. The folk song begins with an appealing address to a person who remains at some distance. So, the voice takes a loud flight of top notes in the starting. Gradually, the tune slides down to lower notes.

Lyrics of Bhatiali/ Bhatiyali
The concept of Bhatiali has become very popular over the years. The lyrics for these kinds of songs generally concerns boating, rivers and fishing. Among all the other types of folk music practised in Bengal this from - Bhatiali, deals with Prakriti-tatva (about nature). Bhatiali is sung in a specific mode and is popular for its long-drawn notes. The Bhatiali songs are sung with a touch of sadness in the memory of one's beloved. The songs express the pure and deep love of a beloved through its simple language.

People Popular for Bhatiali
Some of the popular collectors, composers and writers in the genre are Miraz Ali, Ukil Munshi, Rashid Uddin, Jalal Khan, Jang Bahadur, Shah Abdul Karim and Umed Ali. Between 1930s and 1950, Bhaitali has seen its golden age, when most of these personalities were contributing to the genre. Singer Abbas Uddin made the genre popular singing Amay bhashaili re, amay dubaili re and other popular numbers. In the 2000s, Malay Ganguly and Bari Siddiki are two most prominent Bhatiali singers.

(Last Updated on : 07/05/2014)
E-mail this Article | Post a Comment
More Articles in Indian Folk Music  (69)
Recently Updated Articles in Indian Music
Composers of Jaipur Senia Gharana
Jaipur has produced several composers of Jaipur Senia Gharana. Some of the notable composers were Amir Khan, Barkatulla Khan, Ashiq Ali Khan, Mustaq Ali Khan and many others.
Pandit Motiram Pandit Maniram Sangeet Samaroh
Pandit Motiram Pandit Maniram Sangeet Samaroh is an annual cultural festival of music organised in the memory of noted classical singer Pandit Jasraj in memory of his father and brother, both classical musicians of repute.
Maihar Gharana
Maihar gharana is a school of North Indian classical music. It was formed mainly by the sarod master Ustad Allaudin Khan.
Algoze
Algoze is a wind instrument that is popular in Punjab and used in Punjabi folk music.
Sophie Choudry
Sophie Choudry is an Indian singer and film actress. Her first remix album was Sophie & Dr. Love which went on to become chart-topper for six months in India. She won UK Asian Pop Award for Best Female Newcomer in 2001.
Forum
Forum on Indian Music
Free E-magazine
Subscribe to Free E-Magazine on Entertainment
 
 
Bhatiali, Indian Folk Music - Informative & researched article on Bhatiali, Indian Folk Music
Sitemap
Contact Us   |   RSS Feeds
Copyright © 2008 Jupiter Infomedia Ltd. All rights reserved including the right to reproduce the contents in whole or in part in any form or medium without the express written permission of
Jupiter Infomedia Ltd.