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Bhatiali or Bhatiyali is a form of folk music in West Bengal. 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 Bengal, 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
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.

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The Daily Star
Thu, 08 Jan 2015 10:13:37 -0800

The three day fair included vibrant cultural programmes featuring panchokobir gaan,bhawaiya, bhatiali and folk songs composed by Lalon Fakir, Hason Raja, Radharamon Dutta, Shah Abdul Karim, Bijoy Sarkar and Jalaluddin. Iffat Ara Nargis, Khairul Anam ...
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 Hindu
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:56:13 -0700

While “Wahan kaun hai tera” from Guide is done on Bhatiali lines. These little asides, these little gems add great value to a book that is like a river in the plains, quiet, tranquil, profound. Sathya has helped me dispel my ignorance about the man ...
Business Standard
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:16:09 -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 ...

The Daily Star

The Daily Star
Mon, 01 Dec 2014 10:00:00 -0800

Later, they performed Raga Charukesi and a Bhatiali dhun as tribute to Pallikabi Jasimuddin. An inspired Bangladeshi audience thoroughly enjoyed the solo parts, jugalbandi and sawal-jawab. Vidushi Kaushiki Chakrabarty appeared on stage like an angel to ...

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The Daily Star
Sun, 30 Nov 2014 10:10:00 -0800

... Ayan Ali Khan -- sons of legendary sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan -- next took stage to stir up melodic whirlwinds on their sarod; first on the traditional evening Raga Jhinjhoti, then on Raga Rageshree and in closing, with a heartwarming ...
The Daily Star
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:02:32 -0700

“When I perform baul songs, my soul subconsciously turns baul, when I perform bhatiali, I instinctively become a boatman, again when I present a bichchhedi (melancholic) song, I become pathetically secluded. This is my way of presenting folk songs of ...

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