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Bhatiali or Bhatiyali is a form of folk music in Bangladesh. Bhatiyali is a boat song, sung by boatmen while going down streams of the river, as the word Bhatiyali comes from Bhata meaning ebb or downstream [1]

It is mostly sung in the Mymensingh District along the Brahmaputra River or the Bhati (lower region of a river) area. Bhaitaili lyrics are traditionally about boating, fishing and rivers. Among the 14 subject of folk music in Bangladesh, that includes Deha-tatva (about the body) and Murshid-tatva (about the guru), Bhatiali deals with Prakriti-tatva (about nature).

Notable collectors, composers and writers in the genre are Miraz Ali, Ukil Munshi, Rashid Uddin. Jalal Khan, Jang Bahadur, Shah Abdul Karim and Umed Ali. Between the 1930s and 1950 Bhaitali has seen its golden age, when most of these personalities were contributing to the genre. Singer Abbas Uddin made the genre popular singing Amay bhashaili re, amay dubaili re and other popular numbers. In the 2000s, Malay Ganguly and Bari Siddiki are two most prominent Bhatiali singers.

See also[edit]


  • Niyamul Kabir Sajal, Bhatiali Naia (Bengali), Chutir Dine, Prothom Alo, 2008-04-19

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:07:30 -0700

Außerdem Werke von Professor Feuchtwanger, darunter die Erstaufführung einer Klavierfassung von „Raga Bhatiali“. Vereinsmitglieder zahlen acht Euro, im Vorverkauf sind die Karten für zehn Euro zu haben. Der Eintritt an der Abendkasse kostet zwölf Euro.

Times of India

Times of India
Fri, 20 Mar 2015 03:02:44 -0700

Since folk is Soumitra's favourite genre, there will be an original folk composition apart from a bhatiali song, a Nazrulgeeti and one modern number. "Lyrics of the modern song have been penned by Sanjay. I'm currently putting it to tune. That apart, I ...

Emirates 24/7

Emirates 24/7
Mon, 25 May 2015 22:03:45 -0700

The group specialises in Bangla folk music and has a rich repertoire made up of strains of West Bengal, north-eastern India and Bangladesh, which include Dhamail, Baul, Bhatiali, Sari, Jhumur, Bhavayia, Chatka, Kirtan, Gombhira, Kavigan, Pala Geet, ...


Wed, 27 May 2015 04:37:30 -0700

This has helped them to revive and preserve the rich legacy of Bangla folk music, and take traditional folk music forms such as “dhamail”, “baul”, “bhatiali”, “sari”, “jhumur”, “bhavayia”, “chatka”, “kirtan”, “gombhira”, “kavigan”, “pala geet ...

The Daily Star

The Daily Star
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:03:57 -0700

There, the dusty, rugged, muddy roads take the place of rivers; bullock carts replace boats, and Bhawaiya and Chatka take the place of Bhatiali. Then we have Bichhedi or the songs of separation. There is a wide spectrum of mystic songs composed by ...
Times of India
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:32:27 -0700

KOLKATA : After seven years, a Kolkata-based organization—Banglanatak.com—has won a prestigious grant from the Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2014 for their project "Documentation of Bengal folk music genres Bhawaiya, Bhatiali, ...

The Daily Star

The Daily Star
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:11:15 -0800

Beginning and closing with Rabindra Sangeet, they took turns in singing a number of Lalon songs in the middle, and Bhatiali. The use of esraj and cello on the one hand and guitar, banjo and swaraj, and two percussionists in tandem created some moments.
Business Standard
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:11:15 -0700

Com will work on Bhawaiya songs of north Bengal, Bhatiali songs of Sundarbans and Bangla Qawali of Kolkata, Nadia and Murshidabad. Following field recordings with artists, they will bring out CDs with 150 of these songs which are fast losing ground on ...

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