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Bangladeshi bard breathes life into the dying art of Puthi-paath

Once a vital source of entertainment in rural Bengal, now almost obsolete

Bangladeshi composer and master of Puthi-paath, Abu Bakar Siddique, in his home studio: "It's hard to understand the magic of Puthi-paath by sitting in a room amid the concrete jungle." (Photo by Faisal Mahmud)

DHAKA -- By day, Abu Bakar Siddique is a music producer for Bangladesh Betar -- the South Asian nation's state-run radio network -- where a typical workday includes writing music for various program segments and then pulling together all the different parts of the recording process.

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