10 May 2016

Folk Music 29.12.2003

Allah Jilai Bai (1 February 1902 – 3 November 1992) was a folk singer from Rajasthan, India.
Born in Bikaner to a family of singers, by the age of 10 she was singing in the Durbar of Maharaja Ganga Singh. She took singing lessons from Ustad Hussain Baksh Khan and later on from Achhan Maharaj. In spite of her position and popularity she was firmly rooted and a humble artist.
She was well versed in Maand, Thumri, Khayal and Dadra. Perhaps her best-known piece is Kesaria Balam. In 1982, the Indian Government awarded her the Padma Shri in Arts field, one of the highest civilian awards. She has been also awarded by Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1988 for Folk Music.

Lalon, also known as Lalon Sain, Lalon Shah, Lalon Fakir or Mahatma Lalon (c. 1772 – 17 October 1890; Bengali: 1 Kartik, 1179),was a Bengali Baul saint, mystic, songwriter, social reformer and thinker. In Bengali culture, he is considered as an icon of religious tolerance whose songs inspired and influenced many poets, social and religious thinkers including Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, and Allen Ginsberg though he "rejected all distinctions of caste and creed". He was both praised and criticized in his lifetime and after his death. Throughout the life, Lalon sang of a society where all religions and beliefs are in harmony. His disciples mostly live in Bangladesh and West Bengal. He founded the institute known as Lalon Akhrah in Cheuriya, about 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from Kushtia railway station. He is also regarded as the founder of the Baul music and known as the Baul Shamrat (The king of Bauls).

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