Bangladesh is a storehouse of folk songs. The words of the songs describe the simple lifestyle of the people at the River Ganges. The instruments used for accompaniment are based on easily available materials, like the four-stringed lute carved out of jack-fruit wood or the wide variety of traverse and end-blown bamboo flutes (banshis). Small cymbals, wooden clappers and barrel drums are used to provide the rhythm.
River Songs of Bangladesh - Field recordings by Deben Bhattacharya