Several distinguished composers and artists contributed this folk tradition which reached its peak during the 1950s. However, multiple factors led the tradition to a path of decline through the years and the downfall continues. Today, there are no artists or composers of iconic status who can inspire the new generations. Local Bhatiyali artists do not have much exposure. New generation artists are deviating from the original form. Recognition and earnings of the instrumentalists are much less when compared to the singers.
Cyclone Aila in 2009 devastated the lives of several artists in the Sunderbans. Bhatiyali has survived because of a few living legends and their love for this music genre. The only young artist who has established himself as a Bhatiyali exponent in mainstream music industry and received recognition is Saurav Mani. He is invited to perform at many events, including popular shows like MTV Coke Studio.
There are 45 Bhatiyali artists in the two districts of North and South 24 Parganas who are engaged with the Rural Craft and Cultural Hubs (RCCH) project.