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122nd death anniversary of Lalon

Need to hark back to the mystic bard

Staff Correspondent - October 23rd, 2012

The five days death anniversary programme of mystic poet Lalon Shah ended through great enthusiasm of hailing Lalon philosophy specially his humanitarian and non-malignant thinking to disseminate and preserve the bard’s original songs.
The programme chalked out on the occasion of 122nd death anniversary of Baul king at the Chheuria Lalon Akhra in Kushtia.
Lalon Academy held the programme in association with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs. Kushtia district administration supervised the event.
The programme includes ‘Lalon Mela’ discussion and rendition of songs by artistes of Lalon Academy and Bauls from across the country. Banglalink a private mobile operator sponsored the programme.
Mahbubul Alam Hanif, joint general secretary of Bangladesh Awami League also special assistant to the Prime Minister inaugurated the programme, while a number of Lalon exponents also addressed the occasion.
Other guests addressing the occasion include renowned folk researcher Professor Dr. Abul Ahsan Choudhury, Director General of Bangladesh Shilpokala Academy Lyiaqat Ali Lucky, Kushtia Deputy Commissioner Banamali Bhoumik, Chief executive Officer of Kushtia Zilla Parishad Dr. Md. Mohiuddin, principal of Kushtia Government Girls College Dr. Zamir Uddin, former principal of Khoksa Degree College Rabindranath Biswas, Advocate Anup Kumar Nandi.
Bauls in thousands and Lalon admirers from in and out of the country flocked to Lalon’s den on all five days. With the big gathering at main stage, seated in smalls groups, the Bauls could be seen paying homage to Lalon at the bard’s grave and singing the songs of their spiritual guru who is regarded as the torchbearer by the Bauls and shows them the path to obtain spiritual or divine peace.
Basically, the Bauls consider the akhra, Lalon’s shrine as a sacred spot where they can free themselves of all sorrows and misery through Sadhan-Bhajan( spiritual songs). This homage takes the form of Lalon’s songs. Among the visitors to Lalon’s akhra was Robart Blum, a French visitor said that Lalon may be lesson for all across the country.
“The bard’s humanitarian views should be shared among all the human being in the world,” Blum told.
Beside, the speakers told that Lalon’s philosophy is unique in the field of philosophical thinking and Lalon says was his own realization and thinking because he was ‘illiterate’ and never had relation with other existing philosophy across the globe.
“But his (Lalon) thinking is like a dormitory of any other popular philosophy across the world,” Professor Dr. Abul Ahsan Chouhury, renowned folk exponent also Professor of Bangla, Islamic University Kushtia told.
Lalon and his philosophy are attracting the attention of people across the globe day by day. A number of research papers have focused on the bard, Professor Ahsan told.
Over the perspective, the speakers in all urged the government to take initiative to launch Lalon philosophy in national curriculum so that the generation can learn about the Lalon. More steps for research on Lalon should also be initiated. Separate disciplines should be opened at University level to learn Lalon.
On the contrary, Lalon songs are creating little confusion as few songs written by others bauls are often termed as Lalon songs.
So the government should take steps to preserve the original verses composed by Lalon.