Dr. Swapan Mukherjee speaks to VOA about his experience as a folk singer of the Indian subcontinent. When asked about the difference between the folk songs of Bengal and the folks songs of the rest of the Indian subcontinent, he says that the emotion behind both is the same. He discusses various kinds of folk songs of Bengal and gives a few examples to demonstrate the difference. When asked about the young generation and their interest in folk songs, he says that there is much interest, but there is a lack of initiative to travel and research.
Dr. Swapan Mukherjee is a former lecturer of Folk-lore at the University of Kalyani in West Bengal. His repertoire includes the complete range of folk songs such as Tusu, Bhawaiya, Jhapi, Jaari, Bolan, Aalkap, Bhadu, Jhumur, Gambhira, and Baul of different districts of Bengal. He is also on the panel of experts in the Department of Culture (Government of India) Ministry of Tourism and Culture and the Indian Council of Cultural Relations which is under the Ministry of External Affairs.