Eastern folk festival returns to Tower Hamlets

Bengali folk singer Gouri Chowdhury. Picture: RadhaRaman Society

Bengali folk singer Gouri Chowdhury. Picture: RadhaRaman Society - Credit: RadhaRaman Society

A four-day festival of baul and vaishnav music returns to Tower Hamlets.

The unique event aims to showcase captivating music from the Indian subcontinent stemming from two influential branches of eastern philosophy, sufism and vaishnavism.

Bengali folk music promoters RadhaRaman Society kick off the festival in partnership with Tower Hamlets at Poplar Union on Saturday, April 28.

Events include talks on both music genres, short films and recitals of the medieval and pre-medieval music by prominent performers such as Bengali folk artist Gouri Chowdhury.

“This is a unique festival of extremely ecstatic and philosophically exuberant performances of two exotic and powerful genres of world music,” said organiser Ahmed Kaysher.

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The free festival moves to Rich Mix in Bethnal Green Road on Sunday, April 29, then Kobi Nazrul Centre, in Hanbury Street, Brick Lane, on May 5.

The festival will also be hosted at Nehru Centre in central London the preceding day.

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