Bengali Folklore
Folk Music
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Harikeertan (also called Namjajna) involves inceasant chanting of names of Lord Krishna and Lord Rama's around the clock. The chant goes like this:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare,
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare!

This chant is believed to be clarifying the minds and induce pure devotion to Godhead. In some parts of Bengal Harikeertan is an elaborate festival, that can last two or three weeks at a time, and may involve veteran singing bands of devotees from faraway places (every part of the land) and draws large crowds from many villages. The variation in tonal structure and musical notation of the basic chant, often embodying the finest of Indian Ragas, can be not only a religious uplift, but a very enthralling musical experience.

Vegetarian meals and accomodation for all visiting bands and for devout audience remain a financial and logistical responsibility of the organisers of the Mahotsav (great festival). The charm and magnetic attraction of these village fairs, festivities and musical extrvaganzas - the greatest wealth of Bengal - are in no way less phenomenal than some of the most popular country music festivals of the West.