Gambhira:The Voice of Rural Bengal Enquiring Social Awareness


Sreetapa Das

Assistant Teacher
Department of Political Science
Nazrul SatabarsikiVidyalaya
Lusipakri,Darjeeling,West Bengal,India


Abstract::Among the aesthetic aspects of folk music as an adjunct to the flowing life of different
ethnic groups in North Bengal,Gambhira is one of the most powerful social mirror which
depicted the stories of people of North Bengal where there are various struggles of the ancient
folk society.Gambhira song is the messenger of social consciousness and also political
consciousness and straight forward reflection of rural life as it is unseparated from urban life. It
helps to enrich the people’s mentality. In this respect Gambhira holds the top position in the
world of Bengali folk music in North Bengal. This article aims to focus on these performances
and probe how Gambhira songs serve as a vehicle of social consciousness in colonial, imperial
and local administrative system.

Key Words:Aesthetic, Colonial, Folk Music, Gambhira, Imperial, Social Consciousness etc.