A Pakistani artist walked up to the Liberation Museum by accident. She was trying to make her way back to Fars Hotel from the Shilpakala Academy, where the third edition of the Dhaka Art Summit (DAS) was being staged. It was late in the evening. It was a short walk, barely 550 metres, but given the confusion of intersecting roads it was easy to wander into the wrong lane. I had similarly lost my way a day or two before. “I put on my American accent and politely asked for directions,” she told a bunch of us the next evening as we tanked up on red wine and feasted on Bangla cuisine at Kasturi Garden, as the Bauls on stage serenaded our motley international troupe with the mystical songs of Lalon Fakir, known across the two Bengals as Baul Shamrat, the King of Bauls.
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