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Arts: Performers and performing groups: India and Bangladesh
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Baul women in Bengal

Baul women have had a visible yet sometimes contested presence in the cultural and performative landscape of the Bengali-speaking region of northeast South Asia. As performers of a musical genre called bāul-gān, Baul women, like their male counterparts, sing evocative songs that challenge normative Muslim and Hindu institutions and practices while also alluding to their own unco…

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Knight, Lisa I., “Arts: Performers and performing groups: India and Bangladesh”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0707>
First published online: 2011

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