Goalpariya songs are a major component of the Assamese folk traditions. With a distinctive style, these folk songs instantly touch the inner chords of listeners with their melody. It was Pratima Barua Pandey – billed the Samraggi of Goalpariya Lokageet – who popularised these folk songs all over Assam with her unique style of rendition, assisted with able instrumentalists. Conferred with the coveted Padmashri and the Sangeet Natak Akademi award, the late singer was also instrumental in putting Goalpariya folk songs on a firm pedestal at the national level.
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After Pratima Barua Pandey’s demise, a number of Goalpariya folk singers have come to the scene, trying to fill the void left by the Samraggi and, in the process, winning the hearts of music lovers. Bina Das Borthakur is one among those select few, who have endeavoured to popularise and propagate this art form.
Jamuna Jole Baro Mashe Tero Phool Is One Of The best Goaparia Lokgeet By Akashdeep
Trivia to Goaparia Lokgeet by Dr. Bhupen Hazarika :-
Dr. Bhupen Hazarika visited Gauripur in 1955 and attended a jalsa organised on a social occasion, the shy young Pratima, though tongue-tied with fear, let her voice and the lyrics of the lokageet in Goalpariyadialect flow in tune with the strings and rhythms of the dhol, junuka , dotora , darinda, dhuluki and Bashi which are musical instrumentsin Goalpariya culture. Dr. Hazarika was highly impressed and predicted that this voice would definitely take Goalpariya lokageet to great heights. Later he continued his tireless moral and material support to establish that Goalpariya lokageet was a part of greater Assamese geet.