Alipurduar district in north of Bengal is cut across by rivers, streams and hills, and covered with tea gardens and forests. It is the land of Bhawaiya music tradition.
Bhawaiya songs were typically sung by farmers while ploughing the land with buffaloes. The tradition is believed to have originated in the district of Cooch Behar and Rangpur in the erstwhile undivided Bengal. It is the mainstream folk-song of Dholla, Dhudhkumar, Tista, Torsha Brahmaputra river basin area.
Bhawaiya songs have been made popular by renowned exponents like Abbasuddin, Abdul Karim, Pratima Baruah. This musical tradition has been a source of inspiration for composers and song-writers of mainstream Bengali music and used in popular Bengali films for ages.
The Bhawaiya artists will celebrate their annual festival 'Bhawaiya Utsav' in Shalkumar on March 1 - 3, 2019.
There are hotels near New Alipurduar railway station which offers good accommodation at reasonable prices.
The Bhawaiya folk artists of Alipurduar and Cooch Behar celebrated the first edition of Bhawaiya Mela in Alipurduar in April 2017. The folk festival will be celebrated this year on March 1 - 3, 2019.