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Planning trips with your friends and actually executing those plans are two different things. Thankfully I was lucky enough to make one such trip during my college days to Sonajhuri where I got to experience rural Bengal and Baul culture.

To put things simply, Bauls are a group based in West Bengal and Bangladesh. They are a religious sect and have a musical tradition that has elements of Sufism and Vaishnavism.

Getting to interact with this culture and community in such a setting was truly a transcendental experience.

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The Journey

After months of planning, our group of 8 friends set off on our trip to Sonajhuri. Sonajhuri is a small village close to Shantinekatan, which is a small town in the Birbhum district of West Bengal.

We decided to stay at Sonajhuri as we were looking to stay away from the crowd and tourists that Shantinektan attracts.

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We travelled from Sealdah to Prantik by train.

After reaching Prantik station, it took us around 20 mins to reach our hotel by a toto.

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As we travelled through the red dirt roads, we were all excited as we started to get the feel of rural Bengal.

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Football World Cup final going on. Its half-time right now and I can't think of any caption. #ig_calcutta #_hpics #clickshotindia #storiesofindia #calcalling #trippeyeti #_iic #infinity_clicks #kolkata_calcutta_city  #_soi #indianphotographyworld #streetsofcalcutta #theuncommonbox #streetphotographyindia  #india_undiscovered #asia_photo_magazine #instacanvasind #amarkolkata #streetphotographykolkata #storiesofkolkata #picofthedayindia #world_photography_page #raghavrairalhan #storiesofindia #maibhisadakchap #sokolkata #shuttersup #world_click_#thekolkatavibes #calcutta_igers ——————————————————————— @ig_calcutta @sokolkata @explore_calcutta  @bengal_undiscovered @beautyofkolkata @santiniketan_shoutout @lbb.kolkata @withlovekolkata @amarkolkata @westbengal_photographers @indian_clickerss @kolkatas_paparazzi @kolkatasutra @bangaliawesome @calcutta_igers @trippeyeti

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Day 1

On reaching our hotel, we freshened up and rushed off to have our lunch. 4-5 hours of a train journey and a toto ride was enough to make everyone hungry, I guess!

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Things cast shadows, but using shadows as a decoration and create a warm ambience, that's new. Loved the way this dhaba used baskets as a part of their decor. Along with that, these earthen pots, plates and all that.. Damn! It was so pretty!! And the thing that was prettier? Gorom bhaat e ghee that came after a long 5 hours journey to Bolpur. ​———————————————————————— #_indiasb  #india_ig #india_clicks #indiapictures #indianphotography #photographers_of_india #mypixeldiary #desi_diaries #photo_pond #_soi#_woi #_hpics #yourshot_india #i_hobbygraphy #_instaindia_ #streetphotographyindia #storiesofindia #indiaincolour #explore_calcutta #calcuttadiaries #CalcuttaCacophony #ig_calcutta #sokolkata #kolkata_calcutta_city #ig_fotografdiyari #everydayeverywhere #people_infinity #indianphotographyhub ———————————————————————

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After lunch, we decided to walk around the hotel.

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It was our first trip as a group and we all intended to make the most of it.

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Our hotel was close to Sonajhuri forest and Kopai River. In the evening we took a stroll in the forest and walked down the banks of the river.

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*some big-ass quote of a river as a metaphor for life, which doesn't make any sense, at all* ——————————————————————— #ig_calcutta #_hpics #clickshotindia #storiesofindia #calcalling #chitrakathaa #_iic #infinity_clicks #kolkata_calcutta_city  #_soi #indianphotographyworld #streetsofcalcutta #theuncommonbox #streetphotographyindia  #india_undiscovered #asia_photo_magazine #instacanvasind #amarkolkata #streetphotographykolkata #storiesofkolkata #picofthedayindia #world_photography_page #raghavrairalhan #storiesofindia #maibhisadakchap #sokolkata #shuttersup #world_click_#thekolkatavibes #calcutta_igers ——————————————————————— @ig_calcutta @calcutta_minimalism @kolkata_folks  @streetsofcalcutta @explore_calcutta  @sokolkata @bengal_undiscovered @beautyofkolkata @santiniketan_shoutout @therandomindianig @shuttersofindia @lbb.kolkata @withlovekolkata @amarkolkata @westbengal_photographers  @tales_of_kolkata @indian_clickerss @skilledcolorsplasher @kolkatas_paparazzi @kolkatasutra @bangaliawesome @calcutta_igers

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It was a beautiful experience as we got to see a few Bauls singing at the banks of Kopai.

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চাতক প্রায় অর্হ নিশি, চেয়ে আছে কালো শশী। আমি হব বলে চর‍ণদাসী– ও তা হয় না কপালগুনে, আমার মনের মানুষেরই সনে।। #ig_calcutta #_hpics #clickshotindia #storiesofindia #calcalling #trippeyeti #everydaysantiniketan  #infinity_clicks #kolkata_calcutta_city  #_soi #indianphotographyworld #streetsofcalcutta #theuncommonbox #streetphotographyindia  #india_undiscovered #asia_photo_magazine #instacanvasind #amarkolkata #streetphotographykolkata #storiesofkolkata #picofthedayindia #world_photography_page #raghavrairalhan #storiesofindia #maibhisadakchap #sokolkata #shuttersup #world_click_#thekolkatavibes #calcutta_igers ——————————————————————— @ig_calcutta @sokolkata @explore_calcutta  @bengal_undiscovered @beautyofkolkata @santiniketan_shoutout @lbb.kolkata @withlovekolkata @amarkolkata @westbengal_photographers @indian_clickerss @kolkatas_paparazzi @kolkatasutra @bangaliawesome @calcutta_igers @trippeyeti

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Day 2

The second day was a Saturday. Every Saturday, near the Sonajhuri forest, hundreds of artisans gather to sell handicrafts and unique items. It is a unique sight.

It is a weekly mela or flea market where local craftsmen gather and people from all over the world pour in to buy home decors, jewellery, handicrafts, souvenirs and so on.

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Local artists and tribes gather here from the morning hours and start performing.

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বীরভূমের বিটি লো… মন আমার রইলো পরে, জাম বনে আর নীল আকাশে। আমার আর রাখাল সাজা হলোনা… লাল মাটির সরানে… #ig_calcutta #_hpics #clickshotindia #storiesofindia #calcalling #trippeyeti #everydaysantiniketan  #infinity_clicks #kolkata_calcutta_city  #_soi #indianphotographyworld #streetsofcalcutta #theuncommonbox #streetphotographyindia  #india_undiscovered #asia_photo_magazine #instacanvasind #amarkolkata #streetphotographykolkata #storiesofkolkata #picofthedayindia #world_photography_page #raghavrairalhan #storiesofindia #maibhisadakchap #sokolkata #shuttersup #world_click_#thekolkatavibes #calcutta_igers —————————————————————————— @ig_calcutta @sokolkata @explore_calcutta  @bengal_undiscovered @beautyofkolkata @santiniketan_shoutout @lbb.kolkata @withlovekolkata @amarkolkata @indian_clickerss @kolkatas_paparazzi @kolkatasutra @bangaliawesome @calcutta_igers @trippeyeti

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Solitary, with flute and its tunes for company. #ig_calcutta #_hpics #clickshotindia #storiesofindia #calcalling #trippeyeti #everydaysantiniketan  #infinity_clicks #kolkata_calcutta_city  #_soi #indianphotographyworld #streetsofcalcutta #theuncommonbox #streetphotographyindia  #india_undiscovered #asia_photo_magazine #instacanvasind #amarkolkata #streetphotographykolkata #storiesofkolkata #picofthedayindia #world_photography_page #raghavrairalhan #storiesofindia #maibhisadakchap #sokolkata #shuttersup #world_click_#thekolkatavibes #calcutta_igers ——————————————————————— @ig_calcutta @sokolkata @explore_calcutta  @bengal_undiscovered @beautyofkolkata @santiniketan_shoutout @lbb.kolkata @withlovekolkata @amarkolkata @westbengal_photographers @indian_clickerss @kolkatas_paparazzi @kolkatasutra @bangaliawesome @calcutta_igers @trippeyeti

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You can see tribal groups singing and dancing and people often end up joining them. It was a unique experience to see all of that from up close.

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Rhythm. ______________________________________________ . . . #palsmaniaakolkata #thekolkatabuzz #amarkolkata #sokolkata #oph #CalcuttaCacophony  #storiesofkolkata #streetsofcalcutta #kolkatabuzz  #blackandwhite #coloursplash #kolkata_lanes #lifeofkolkata #rop_ #things2doinkolkata #streetphotographykolkata #ig_calcutta #wearebengal #onlyinbengal #indianshutterbugs #culturacolectiva #shantiniketan  #_csi #mysimpleclick #mypixeldiary #shotatsight #_soi #dd_kolkata #igershindustan ______________________________________________ . @bengali.culture.festival @withlovekolkata @creative.kolkata @igcalcutta @sokolkata @calcuttacacophony @bnwframing @thekolkatabuzz @creative.kolkata @explore_calcutta @santiniketan_shoutout

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Being a weekly flea market, these artisans and performers gather every Saturday. They set up their stalls at the forest ground from early morning. But as soon as the sun goes down, they wrap things up and head home.

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Tribal-ed and in sync. ————————————————————————#_indiasb  #india_ig #india_clicks #indiapictures #indianphotography #photographers_of_india #mypixeldiary #desi_diaries #photo_pond #_soi#_woi #_hpics #yourshot_india #i_hobbygraphy #_instaindia_#streetphotographyindia #storiesofindia #indiaincolour #explore_calcutta #calcuttadiaries #CalcuttaCacophony #ig_calcutta #sokolkata #desi_diaries #ig_fotografdiyari #everydayeverywhere #people_infinity #indianphotographyhub ——————————————————————— @ig_calcutta @calcutta_minimalism @kolkata_folks @palsmaniaakolkata @streetsofcalcutta @explore_calcutta @k4kolkata @sokolkata @bengal_undiscovered @beautyofkolkata @palsmaniaakolkata @india_undiscovered @santiniketan_shoutout @beautyofkolkata

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The mela grounds were full of energy as there were lots of people buying and selling things. Our trip to Soanjhuri was just a two-day trip.

After sunset, reality set in and we realized we had to get back to our home the very next day.

At night while we were packing our bags and getting ourselves mentally ready for the journey back home, we could hear a group of bauls singing outside, somewhere far off in the distance. It felt nice the way it broke the silence of the night and concluded our trip.

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যবে পাত্রখানি ঘরে এনে  উজাড় করি– এ কী! ভিক্ষামাঝে একটি ছোটো  সোনার কণা দেখি। দিলেম যা রাজ-ভিখারীরে স্বর্ণ হয়ে এল ফিরে, তখন কাঁদি চোখের জলে  দুটি নয়ন ভরে– তোমায় কেন দিই নি আমার  সকল শূন্য করে। ——————————————————————————#ig_calcutta  #clickshotindia #storiesofindia #calcalling #chitrakathaa #essenceofkolkata #infinity_clicks #kolkata_calcutta_city  #_soi #calcuttacacophony #streetsofcalcutta #theuncommonbox #streetphotographyindia  #india_undiscovered #asia_photo_magazine #instacanvasind #amarkolkata #streetphotographykolkata #storiesofkolkata #picofthedayindia #world_photography_page #thisiskolkata #storiesofindia #maibhisadakchap #sokolkata #shuttersup #world_click_#thekolkatavibes #shutter_bong #calcuttahouses ——————————————————————————

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