The three-day Lalon festival at Lalon Akhra of Cheuria village on the bank of River Kali in Kushtia concluded Monday.
Hordes of Lalon devotees from across the country flocked in droves to the festival during the memorial event.
Titled Aar Ki Hobe Emon Jibon, the Lalon Smaran Utsab, popularly known as Dol Utsab, Lalon Academy, in association with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Kushtia district administration, organised the event.
Prof Harun or Rashid Askary, vice chancellor of Islamic University attended the closing ceremony of the festival as chief guest.
Md Zahir Raihan, deputy commissioner of Kushtia, presided over the event.
Earlier on Saturday, Md Faruq Hossain, acting divisional commissioner of Khulna, inaugurated the festival as chief guest.
SM Mehedi Hasan, superintendent of police, Sadar Uddin Khan, Md Ajgar Ali, Aktaruzzaman Masum, and Samsuzzaman Arun, mayor of Kumarkhali municipality, were present at the event as special guests.
Besides, Prof Abul Hasan Chowdhury, a Lalon researcher, presented a keynote paper on the occasion.
Local lawmaker Md Abdur Rouf attended the festival as chief guest on Sunday, the second day of the event.
Zahid Hossain Zafar, district council administrator, and Amirul Islam, secretary of district Shilpakala Academy, among others, were present on the occasion as special guests.
Prof Dr Sarwar Murshid of Islamic University presented the keynote paper at the event, while Dr Masud Rahaman of the university spoke on the occasion.
The organisers provided visitors with meal and medicines since the opening day of the festival.
The festival featured Lalon Mela, discussion and musical soiree every day.
A tune of joy swept over the area among the people and Lalon disciples as a number of vendors set up different kinds of stalls on the fair ground.
Lalon Shah was a baul, mystic, songwriter, social reformer and secular thinker. He has become an icon of religious tolerance and secularism in Bengali culture.
Lalon’s songs inspired and influenced many poets, social and religious thinkers, including Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam and Allen Ginsberg.
He was both praised and criticised in his lifetime and after his death. His disciples mostly live in Bangladesh and West Bengal. He is also regarded as the founder of the Baul music.
Lalon composed numerous songs and poems which describe his philosophy. It is said that he had composed about 10,000 songs, of which 2,000 to 3,000 can be tracked down today, while others are lost in time and hearts of his numerous followers.
His most popular songs are Shob Loke Koy Lalon Ki Jaat Sangsare, Khachar Bhitor Ochin Pakhi, Jaat Gelo Jat Gelo Bole, Dekhna Mon Jhokmariay Duniyadari, Pare Loye Jao Amaye, Milon Hobe Koto Dine, Ar Amare Marisne Maa and Tin Pagoler Holo Mela.
The songs of Lalon aim at an indescribable reality beyond realism. He was observant of social conditions and his songs spoke of day-to-day problems in simple yet moving language.
His philosophical expression was based in oral and expressed in songs and musical compositions using folk instruments that could be made by from materials available at home - ektara, one-string musical instrument, and duggi, drum.
Lalon has been portrayed in literature, film, television drama, and in the theatre. Indian actor Prosenjit portrayed Lalon Shah in Moner Manush in 2010.
The film was an adaptation of Sunil Gangopadhyay's biographical novel of the same title. This film, directed by Goutam Ghose, won The Best Film Award at the 41st International Film Festival of India held at Goa on Nov 22, 2010.
Tanvir Mokammel directed the film, Lalon, in which Raisul Islam Asad portrayed Lalon Shah in 2004.