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Contradictory LivesBaul Women in India and Bangladesh$
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Lisa I. Knight

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199773541

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773541.001.0001

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“Do Not Neglect This Golden Body of Yours”

“Do Not Neglect This Golden Body of Yours”

Personal and Social Transformations through Baul Songs

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Contradictory Lives

Lisa I. Knight

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks closely at songs performed and composed by Baul women. Bauls are especially well known for their evocative songs, and they use their songs to further personal as well as societal changes. Baul women, like Baul men, utilize the performance setting to cultivate their identity, earn an income, and communicate the kinds of messages they believe are important. Examined also is how these songs, especially those composed by women, relate to the lives of the women who sing them.

Keywords:   Baul songs, women, performance, dress, entertainment, guru, hypocrisy, transformation, caste, equality, aging

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