Bhawaiya, Indian Folk Music - Informative & researched article on Bhawaiya, 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 > Bhawaiya
Bhawaiya, Indian Folk Music
Bhawaiya is the folk music of Cooch Behar. The songs depict varied emotions of love, separation, ambitions and conflicts.
 
 Bhawaiya, Indian Folk MusicBhawaiya is a famous folk music of Cooch Behar district of West Bengal. It is performed both as solo and in chorus. The origin of this genre of songs is quite controversial. The word Bhawaiya originated from 'Bhawa', which means low lying land of shrubs and vegetables. The songs were initially sung by the buffalo keepers while ploughing the lands. Another research has furnished that Bhawaiya has been derived from the word 'bao', meaning breeze. Thus the name signifies a song that is pleasant and random like the wind that blows in the northern Bengal. . It is also believed that Bhawaiya comes from 'Bhava' which refers to emotions. Bhawaiya songs are characterized by deep feelings of love and melancholy.

Types of Bhawaiya
Bhawaiya can be categorized as two types where one uses melancholic notes and the other uses skipping tone or chatka. The first type of Bhawaiya depicts tender feelings of a woman about love and separation. The second category is fast paced and comic in nature. The songs convey ambitions, expectations and conflicts in a family life. Kshirol refers to the third category which is an amalgamation of previous two tunes. Dotara serves as the ideal accompaniment in Bhawaiya songs.

Features of Bhawaiya
The most prominent feature of Bhawaiya songs are its typical tonal structure in which the reflection of topographical condition, phonetic and ethnic characteristics of the region can be found. The musical notes of this genre of songs usually stay within the middle octave. However, in some of the songs upper octave is also reached. These songs are generally sung in high pitched voice. Voice modulation and use of numerous microtunes are very prominent in Bhawaiya.

Bhawaiya songs have now been also adopted in Bengali Cinemas. Eminent singers of this genre of music are Abbasuddin Ahmed, who popularized these songs in Bangladesh, Firdousi Rahman and Mustafa Zaman Abbasi.

This article is a stub. You can enrich by adding more information to it. Send your Write Up to content@indianetzone.com

(Last Updated on : 28/12/2013)
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
 
 
Bhawaiya, Indian Folk Music - Informative & researched article on Bhawaiya, 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.