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BHATIALI: SONGS OF THE BOATMEN OF BENGAL

Indrani Majumdar

The vast stretches from the Himalayas to the ocean and from the mountains of Afghanistan to the waters flowing into the Bay of Bengal give the subcontinent its distinctive edge. Set in this geographical entity, Bengal presents a kaleidoscope of colour and variety. West Bengal covers the bottleneck of India in the east, stretching from the Himalayas in its north to the Bay of Bengal in its south. The alluvial plain in the south is watered by the legendary river Hooghly and its tributaries, while the Himalayan north is watered by the swift flowing Tista, Torsa, Jaldhaka, and Ranjit rivers. The terrain varies from the northern highlands at the feet of the Himalayas to the tropical forests ...

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