Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lalon – Guru



Video for the song 'Guru' by the band Lalon

The band Lalon takes its name from Fakir Lalon Shah, the 19th century Bangladeshi philosopher-poet. Fakir Lalon Shah, a convert to Islam1, was outspokenly critical of social hierarchies based on caste and ethnicity. The band Lalon carries on his tradition with an updated sound.

A reader asked about my source for Fakir Lalon Shah's religious conversion. The truth, embarrassingly, is that my source was Wikipedia. And the claim on the Wikipedia article is not sourced. So, I don't really know what Fakir Lalon's religious beliefs were. Honestly, I don't think it really matters. Which, I assume, is probably what he would say. But don't listen to me – I'm just a bideshi learning as I go. :)

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