Fakir Lalon Shai (1774-1890)

Fakir Lalon ShaiLalon, also known as Lalon Sain, Lalon Shah, or Lalon Fakir (c. 1774–1890), was a Bengali Baul saint, mystic, songwriter, social reformer and thinker. In Bengali culture he has become an icon of religious tolerance whose songs inspired and influenced many poets and social and religious thinkers including Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam and Allen Ginsberg – though, as he “rejected all distinctions of caste and creed”, he was both praised and criticized in his lifetime and after his death. His disciples mostly live in Bangladesh and West Bengal. He founded the institute known as Lalon Akhdah in Cheuriya, about 2 km. from Kushtia railway station. He is also regarded as the founder of the Baul music.

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