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Published on Jun 27, 2012
Baul music is a part of Bengali traditional philosophical music, unique to Bangladesh and West Bengal of India. It was immensely popular in the 19th century and the early 20th century and its popularity can be felt even in the 21st century. Basically Baul songs passed down in both the Bengal as an oral tradition by incorporating a unique philosophy of thought, performance and social discourse. The Baul tradition of Bengal is regarded as a fusion of the essence of Buddhism, Hindu worship and Sufi Islam .It may have originated from the tantrik Buddhism of undivided Bengal in the 9th and 10th centuries. Baul songs have their unparalleled feature, as they are the amalgamation of song, dance and narrative. Baul performer plays his own musical instrument (Ektara, Duggie), singing and dancing at the same time.