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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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The Daily Star

The Daily Star
Wed, 13 Apr 2016 11:35:42 -0700

Folk music can also be classified into several subgenres like Baul, Bhandari, Bhatiali, Bhawaiya, Dhamail, Gombhira, Jari, Pala, Gajir Gaan, Pot-er Gaan, Kirtan, Kobigaan, Sari, Murshidi, Roof-beating songs, wedding songs, pastoral songs and more.

The Daily Star

The Daily Star
Sat, 02 Apr 2016 08:33:45 -0700

Led by Murtuza Kabir Murad, three group performances of Bhatiali Dhun, Raga Yaman and Pahadi Dhun thoroughly enthralled the audience. Murad's students -- Nishat Afrose, Asif Ahmed Sarja, Musarrat Rahman, Rasedul Islam and Nayrita Nargis played ...

Times of India

Times of India
Tue, 15 Mar 2016 02:33:45 -0700

Chiranjeet, who will begin full-fledged campaigning on March 27, is currently busy with working committee meetings and overseeing the wall graffiti in his constituency. To brave the heat, he resorts to a sunray curtail spray. “That apart, I eat light ...

The Statesman

The Statesman
Fri, 25 Mar 2016 16:26:15 -0700

Supported by bass guitar, keyboard, tabla and pakhawaj, the team wove a mix of Hindustani classical and world music that transcended the age barrier and enthralled both the classes and masses alike with classical compositions, Bhatiali and Pahari dhuns ...

The Statesman

The Statesman
Wed, 23 Dec 2015 14:52:30 -0800

They will be given regular programmes as well to perform in. Another dais has been set up near Princep Ghat, where folk artistes have started performing from today. Different genres of folk songs, including baul, bhatiali, bhaoaia, chhau, sari ...

The Daily Star

The Daily Star
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 10:29:27 -0800

Ferdausi Rahman, a virtuoso singer, can sing Classical, Khayal, Thumri, Ghazals, Nazrul Sangeet, Bhawaiya, Bhatiali and Adhunik Bangla songs with incredible ease. She has over 500 disc records, a few LPs, and a good number of cassettes and CDs which ...

The Indian Express

The Indian Express
Sat, 12 Sep 2015 19:31:14 -0700

Anirudha Bhattacharjee (AB): The first criteria was melody. The song must have nostalgia value for the average individual, not just for the times but also for the song itself. We also covered most genres — romantic, sad, Bhatiali, disco, soliloquy ...


Wed, 20 Jan 2016 20:17:29 -0800

"Bihu is the most explored; it is also more melodious, interactive and foot-tapping than the rustic Kamrupiya," shares artiste Anindita Paul, who will sing Mahadevan-composed bhatiali number, usually heard among boatmen along the Brahmaputra river, and ...

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