The Tomb of Lalon Shah: built on the respects to the father of folk songs

A historical graveyard is containing historical beauty in Kushtia district. The Tomb of Lalon Shah is very well known to the people of whole world who researches on folk music.

Lalon Shah is the father of folk music in Bengali and the Emperor of the Baul empire. He was not only a singer and poet but also a great thinker. He had knowledge on all religions and it is the main cause why people still follow him.

Nobody knows from where Lalon Shah came from. People only knows that in 1774 an honourable muslim man of locality named Molom Shah found Lalon floating over a river. Lalon was very sick and was going to die almost. But Molom Shah took very well care and gradually Lalon became well. After getting a new life Lalon became a follower of a great thinker and singer Shiraj Shah. But Shiraj Shah found something strange inside of Lalon and he became the follower of Lalon.

At that time, Lalon started thinking about the human culture, religions and about the natural power. He started to tell people about a new culture with likely a new religion. He had total knowledge about Hinduism and some knowledge of Islam and Buddhism. People started to follow him.

The name of Lalon Shah became famous soon. Lalon spreaded his thought by singing folk songs. He lived there at Seuria in Kushtia district for 116 years and died in 1890. After his death the followers made a tomb and started to pay him respect in front of the grave of Lalon Shah.

The history of Lalon Shah is very strange and still today people follow him respectfully. The songs of Lalon Shah are called as Lalon Giti and these songs has created a large kingdom in Bengali culture of music.

People researches on Lalon Shah and his activities. People achieves PhD degree on Lalon Shah. Not only at Bangladesh but also in India, Europe and America each has a faculty of education on Lalon Shah and Folk music.

Lalon Academy: The place where the tomb is situated is very nice. It has been developed now with a VIP Auditorium, an indoor and an outdoor Auditorium, a complex building of Lalon Academy, a car parking area, a market and a museum. There is also a beautifull garden inside of the area.

Visit Lalon’s Tomb and Museum: If you want to see the tomb only then it’s free of cost. But if you want to see the museum then you’ll have to pay 20 taka for foreigners and 5 taka for the Bangladeshis as entry fee.

There are some things which were used by Lalon Shah is in the museum. There are also some paintings inside of the museum.

There is a Library at the Lalon Academy. If you want you can read there about Lalon Shah both in English and Bengali.

Torun’s house: Beside of the Tomb of Lalon Shah there is another beautifull place Torun’s house. Torun is a follower of Lalon Shah and he has collected many historical elements related with Lalon Shah. Actually the house is a country house and Torun is the owner of it. There is also a museum. It’s free of cost to see Torun’s house and museum.

Lalon fair: Twice in a year people comes at the Tomb of Lalon Shah to attend in a fair. The fair is arranged twice in a year for the respects of Lalon Shah by his followers. There is a big area/field in front of the Tomb where the fair takes place.

The Tomb of Lalon Shah is a beautifull place. It is one of the greatest historical places of Bangladesh.

9 thoughts on “The Tomb of Lalon Shah: built on the respects to the father of folk songs

  1. David

    Great description on Lalon. Thanks to the writer.

    I have few questions.

    – What is the best time to visit Lalon’s tomb? I mean, when actually that Lalon fair occurs?

    – How to go to Kushtia?



    • Ron

      So far I know, the three day fair usually starts from 16th and ends on 18th October.

      From Dhaka, there are plenty of bus services available but Shamoly or S.B Paribahan are the best traveler’s choice. You have to ride on from Kalyanpur, Dhaka. Bus fair is BDT 300. I am sure your journey will be quite enjoying through route Bangabondhu Bridge, Shirajgonj, …, Kustia.

      After reaching Kushtia, you will need to take a Rikshaw direct to Cheuria, “Laloner Akhra”. It will cost you around TK.15-20. During Lalon fair time, when you will get there, you will be surprised to see the volume of people all over place there.

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