Ghatu, Ghetu Gaan, or Ghetu Song is a type traditional cultural song of the Eastern Part of the Bangladesh.[1] The songs were traditionally sung during the monsoon season,[1] though the tradition is on the decline.[2] The festival was mainly held in north-eastern side of Mymensingh and lower part of Sylhet in Bangladesh.[3]

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The first day of Bhadro (5th month of Bengali calendar) started on the eve of Bisharjan of Manasha (Bengali: মনসার ভাসান)[1] and later celebrated on the day of Vijaya Dashami during the monsoon season.[3]

The festival revolves around a teenage boy. The boy dresses in shari and grows out his hair, with the intent of resembling a girl.[3] The very young boys were sexually abused and that contributed to the decline of this form of music.[4] During the festival he plays the role of pantomime by dancing or otherwise representing the Ghatu song. The Ghatu songs are mainly oriented around Radha Krishna.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c Varot kosh 3rd part (ভারত কোষ) (in Bengali). Kolkata: Bongiyo Sahityo Porishod. p. 275.
  2. ^ Afsaruddin, Mohammad (1990). Society and Culture in Bangladesh. Book House. p. 141.
  3. ^ a b c d Bhattacharya, Asutosh (1962). Banglar Loko Sahityo (in Bengali). Kolkata.
  4. ^ "::: Star Weekend Magazine ::". Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  5. ^ "Ghetu Putro Kamola". The Daily Star. 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2018-02-06.