Lalon’s songs have always enriched and nurtured our
souls and minds. It is certainly true that Lalon's is one of the most talented
and philosophically insightful minds as revealed in oral and textual
traditions. He disseminated his ideas in mind-boggling songs, through a
remarkable multitude of musical compositions. Lalon songs are philosophical,
contemplative and thought-provoking.
The language of the songs is very
simple but the essence of the language is very contemplative, powerful and
rich. The songs project before us a heavenly and mysterious world.
Lalon's songs are symbolic of ecstasy and adoration. Without love and
affection, for the individual as also for divinity, it is rather difficult to
think of the nature of existence. And that is where Lalon's songs come in. The
songs can easily relate to the soul of man, and they do. They are tranquil,
quiet, mind-boggling and based on adoration, confidence, the mystery of life
and death and involved in the search for truth.
Melal Shah is one of those Bauls
who not only render Lalon’s songs but is also dedicated to his thoughts and
ideals and his disciple He also writes Baul songs and plays them with
instruments. He has been living in New York now for a couple of years. In this
exclusive interview with VOA Bangla Service he says that the establishment of
Lalon Academy has not done any good to the real Bauls who had to leave the
place amidst the artificial build up and wander around for places where they could practice their
music and devotions.