Sri Sitaram Das Omkarnath seated, watching a Purna Das Baul concert in Calcutta.
Sitaram Das Omkarnath and Nabani Das Khyapa Baul were close, they were Guru Brothers and traveled many place through India. Omkarnath was a Guru to Purna Das Baul there were many difficult times during the British induced famines in the 1940's, when Nabani was away it was Omkarnath that told Purna Das Paul to start to sing on the trains. He was the first Baul to do this. As the eldest he did this to support his mother and his brothers and sister.
There are many people who do not understand how difficult it was for people in Bengal at that time and how it shaped the personalities of the future generations. Purna Das Baul is an extra ordinary singer. In his early days he was one of Indian's top vocalist who traveled outside of India. He has been awarded 3 President of India Awards, A prestigious one and only Nada Brahma Award, Padma Shri and many other awards. He has done more for Baul paving a road that never existed before. All Bauls now try to copy and follow, even making contacts with the people who he had contact with. Doing as he does, dressing how he dresses but many also, criticize him for making money. I recently said, to someone... if you had attained success as a great vocalist such as the Beatles would you just give it away.
Pave your own road on your own merit, do not complain, do not copy.
Sitaram Das Omkarnath with Purna Das Baul and his brother Lakshman Das Baul
Another thing most people do not know Sitaram Das Omkarnath was the person who brought Anadamayi Ma to the limelight, because in India in those days it was almost impossible for a women to come forward. There are many pictures of Sitaram Das Omkarnath and Anandamayi Ma together.
A young Purna Das, looking over SitaRam Das Omkarnath's shoulder.
One of the last photo's of SitaRam Das Omkarnath in Puri Orrisa, Photo taken by Babu Kishan.
Babu Kishan spent a lot of time with Sri Omkarnath and traveled through India with him, he was traveling here with him on one of his last trips. He was like a Grandpa Guru, part of their family.