Bangladesh's topography is dominated by rivers, canals and lakes, and boats have been one of chief means of transportation, especially for the rural people. Saari Gaan is a vital example of the inspiration of labour along with a rhythmic touch of folk music.
low-lying or river areas
Saari songs are the songs of boatmen. The oarsmen and boatmen sit in a line and sing this while plying their oars. There are some distinct characteristics in Saari songs:
(a)This is a type of working song.
(b)It is a group song.
(c)It is rhythmic song.
(d)Mainly sung by males.
This type of folk song still exists as it is deeply related to work or labour. The main theme of Saari songs are folk culture, love and knowledge about God.
Saari is a community song. The boatmen start singing and oarsmen sitting in line join in it.
Saari songs also include dance. In this dance of boatmen, the rhythm of the waves and the flow of the rivers are beautifully captured by a series of evocative movements. The boatmen's life story as told by the lilting song is presently by a sequence of finely charted expressions.
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Research Officer, Music
Center for Education, Creative and Performing Art
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