Adoration. Achin Pakhi: The Unknown Bird
Languages: English, Bengali
The performance is based on the life story of Lalon Fakir, a Bengali saint, mystic, song writer, social reformer and thinker. Parvathy Baul will sing in Bengali and tell the story in English. Lalon is a key figure in the Baul tradition of Bengal. In one song, Lalon asks: ‘How long before I am united with my heart’s companion?’.
Everyone asks: ‘What is Lalon’s caste (religion)’?
Lalon says: ‘I haven’t seen religion with my eyes.
If they wear a topi, they call them Muslim,
If they put on a white thread, they call them Brahmin,
But what sign of religion remains,
When one is born or dead?’
‘People talk about religion,
And I can hear it everywhere.’
Lalon says: ‘If I could hold religion in my fist,
I would burn it down.’
Performer and director Parvathy Baul
Text Parvathy Baul, Lalon Fakir
Photograph By Francesco Galli