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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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81 news items

Financial Express Bangladesh
Fri, 06 Nov 2015 04:36:35 -0800

Songs like Bhatiali, Gazir gaan, Bhaoiya, Shari, Jari, Baul, Murshidi, Punthi, Palagaan and others are the most popular folk songs of Bangladesh. Bangla ballads which are called Gatha or Geetika in Bangla are the earliest varieties of folk songs ...

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 Daily Star

The Daily Star
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:08:20 -0700

Bhatiali songs, sung mainly in riverine regions of Mymensingh and the low lands of Sylhet, are meant to replicate the energy and timelessness of the rivers that have been flowing from time immemorial. People who have heard Alim's presentation of “Naiya ...

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 ...
Deccan Herald
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:36:14 -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 ...

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, ...

The Daily Star

The Daily Star
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 11:39:51 -0700

A popular sarigaan (a sub-genre of Bhatiali song) composed by Shah Abdul Karim goes like this: kon mestury nao banailo ki shundar dekha jai / jhilmil jhilmil korere moyur pankhi nao ['who is the craftsman that constructed this beautiful boat / the boat ...

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 ...

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