Joler Gaan (music of water) - the name itself portrays its characteristics, virtues and nature. In the rivers inundating Bangladesh, different and diversified symphonies are webbed throughout the country as the streams of water flow. We are the children of the soil where the river purifies us. We whisper the symphonies of this genre in soft and soothing voices. Dark at night our dreams express themselves on a sailing boat in a land of natural abundance.
To us these rivers are like lives flowing away undeterred. And sometimes they are poignant features of our ethnic roots. We sail away in the world of fantasy and imagination. We aspire to know why the bird sings, why the sprinkling of water sounds harmonious. With questions like these churning in our minds we hum the tunes and sing Joler Gaan in unhindered voices.
In Easdale Hall, there will be Bangladeshi food for the audience and the sounds of flowing water outside.
The BanglaScot Foundation brings the Joler Gaan tour and residency to the UK with the assistance of the Schihallion Trust. Melange Network manages the Joler Gaan tour for The World Sufi Festival 2006, BanglaScot, Easdale Island Community Hall and the London Mela.