North Adelaide Community Centre

176 Tynte St North Adelaide,

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With their distinctive costumes, instruments and infectious high spirits, Baul Shilpi has toured successfully across Europe, Asia and Australia. Their philosophy and performances are based on religious adoration and mysticism, with their concerts starting out slowly and building to an anarchic climax.

In 2005, the Baul tradition was included in the list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Baul music celebrates celestial love in a wonderfully earthy way. Some of their rituals are kept hidden from outsiders.

Last year they visas were refused one week before their show. Considering that they have been touring the world with their moving concerts, it came as a surprise to all of us. But instead of giving up they are trying again. Their spirits remain high. Come join in their celestial celebration.

A special film, ‘River & Life’, about the effects of river erosion in Bangladesh and how the people are affected by it, by Mahiuddin Khan will be shown. There is also interactive event ‘Murti’, a contemporary adaptation of an ancient Hindu cleansing ritual presented by Melourne-based artist, Devika Bilimoria. And there will be a dance, ‘Visions of Konarak’ by Shakti.