SAURAV MONI

Folk Maestro from a Bengal

SAURAV MONI

Saurav Moni is an Indian folk singer and music researcher who specialises in the traditional folk music of Bengal. Best known for his vocal archiving of the rare folk genres and in narrating bygone tales of Bengal’s riverain culture; his work has been appreciated globally.
He hails from Hingalganj; a sleepy river village in the southernmost West Bengal, Indo-Bangladesh border. He came to Kolkata for pursuing higher education- when he felt the tug of his roots and pulsed the need of disseminating, researching and vocal archiving the rare folk genres of his
countryside like Bhatiali, Baul, Murshidi, Marfati, Sari, Jari, Islami, Dhuaa,
Bhawaiya; moribund village hymns (Pallygiti) and transcendental verses.
As an outcome, the Boatman Band -‘Majhi-Mallah’ was formed. Embodying ‘mystic river’ as a theme -the band shares the story of an imaginary journey of a band of boatmen travelling from north to south Bengal; – describing the ever changing pace of river stream & the pattern of music along with it; –different regions landscapes- creations of different genres that the land has produced over the time. The band bridged a gap between the age old tradition and new interpretations – opening a threshold to a global audience,
to whom this traditional music was largely obscured.
Saurav has carved a niche in the hearts of national and international audiences through his illustrious performances in the Coke Studio @ MTV,
Jaipur LiteratureFestival, Celtic  Connections festival, Scotland; Sound Trek @ Fox Traveller; 57th Idea Filmfare Awards, Lok sangeet Sammilan, Delhi;
Shrewsbury Folk Festival, UK; Alchemy festival, London; Colours of Ostrava,
Czech Republic;Les Orientales festival, France…