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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
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 ...


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 ...

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 ...

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 Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:20:12 -0700

This includes a composition in my first album called 'Nodi Ontoheen' (River Endless) which had two major influences: Classical raga Jhinjhoti and Bhatiali folk music prevalent in parts of West Bengal. The album went on to the first round Grammy ballot ...

The Daily Star

The Daily Star
Sat, 12 Dec 2015 10:11:15 -0800

The first episode of Darbari, a new platform for classical music, was held at the main auditorium of Chhayanaut, Dhanmondi on December 11. Avant-garde Productions organised the event, sponsored by Opsonin. Talented tabla artiste Mir Naqibul Islam and ...
Deccan Herald
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:33:45 -0700

She brought in varied modes of Bangla Bhatiali or boat songs in her renditions. “As the tempo in these songs increased, it highlighted tensions of a boatman entering the sea from a river,” says Banerjee. The second song was S.D.Burman composition and ...

The Daily Star

The Daily Star
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:33:45 -0700

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