Azad Abul Kalam
, Raisul Islam Asad
, Chitrolekha Guho
, Shomi Kaiser
The bauls of Bengal, with their mystic songs and inimitable lifestyle, is a very special sect. In their humanist tradition of meditation, human body is placed at the core. Buddhist Tantricism, Hindu Vaisnavism and Islam Sufism have all their shares of influence in the formation of this subculture. Throughout the centuries, baul songs, depicting asceticism and transience of life, have expressed the pathos and pangs of the castle ridden subaltern rural populace of Bengal.
Lalon Fakir(? - 1890), a doyen among the baul fakirs of Bengal, composed over one thousand songs with proper depth and an excellent sense of music. Lalon’s secular ideas and enchanting lyrics have deep influence on the subsequent generations of all different trends of Baul-Fakirs of Bangladesh and India. Though Lalon died only a hundred years ago yet no much details of his life is clearly known and some aspects still shrouded in mystery. By portraying the milieu of Lalon, a kind of a guru during his lifetime, the film aims to catch the social ethos of Lalon’s period. Some historical personalities prominent in the culture history of Bengal and who came in touch with Lalon, like Jyotindronath Tagore, Kangal Harinath and Mir Mosharrof Hossain, also figure in the film. The film tries to portray Lalon’s life, persona and philosophy through the lyrics of his songs.