Germantown, Maryland, Oct 21, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Published in 2008, the novel Moner Manush is a biographical account of Lalon Fakir - the Emperor of the Bauls - through the eyes of the acclaimed Bengali poet and writer Sunil Gangopadhyay.
Fakir Lalon Shah
was a folk philosopher and composer, born in 1774 in the present
district of Kushtia in Bangladesh. The novel depicts the life
experiences of Lalon: his childhood; the tragic separation from his
family; his settlement in the forest away from locality and the growth
of his follower community and his simple philosophy of life. Lalon's
life and his beliefs have a huge relevance in todays world when religion
has divided our society. Lalon lived between institutional religions
and called for a unified approach towards realising the presence of
'God' within the human body. His songs give subliminal exposures to the
reality that lies beyond the material world and show the triviality of
any attempt to divide people both materially or spiritually.
Watch a video preview of the Audio-book online.