Lalon Shah

Rashid Askari
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Lalon Shah [also known as Lalon Sai (guru of the baul community), Fakir Lalon Shah (religious ascetic), Mahatma Lalon (Lalon the Great)] was the leading figure among the ninetenth century mystic singers of Bengal (now Bangladesh) popularly known as bauls. The bauls, as Charles H. Capwell notes, “constitute a religious sect, [and] are esteemed because their iconoclasm, disregard of caste, and merger of Hindu and Islamic traditions gives them an enviable freedom to confront life as individuals outside the prevailing social and religious confines” (255). He was one of the greatest saint poets of undivided India and is recognized in Bangladesh as “The Emperor of Bauls” for the enormous quantity of his songs that have captured the hearts and minds of Bengalis for generations. He was…

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Citation: Askari, Rashid. "Lalon Shah". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 June 2022 [, accessed 04 December 2023.]

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