Alipurduar district situated in the foothills of the Himalayas is cut across by rivers, streams, and covered with tea gardens and the Jaldapara, Chilapata forests, and Buxa Tiger Reserve. Alongside the natural tranquility, the land is rich with indigenous culture and musical traditions. It is the land of the Bhawaiya.
Bhawaiya is a genre of North Bengal folk songs sung primarily in the Rajbongshi dialect of Bengali. The subjects are closely interwoven with the Rajbongshi community’s rural life. The songs reflect their joy, sorrow and the experience of living in harmony with nature.
Bhawaiya songs have been made popular by renowned exponents like Abbasuddin Ahmed, Pratima Baruah, Nayeb Ali Tepu, and Pyarimohan Das etc. This musical tradition has been a source of inspiration for composers and song-writers of mainstream music and used in popular films for ages.
The third edition of their annual festival, the 'Bhawaiya Utsav' will be held in Salkumar on November 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 November 1 - 3, 2019.