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Friday, June 7, 2019

Tantric Vaishnava Baul were Oral Sanskrit, Baul singing in Vernacular Birbhum Bengali, Kirtan in Sanskrit/Bengali.



“The problem is that the translations (of the Upanishads) do not render the beauty of the original text, because these masterpieces have been misunderstood by foreign translators, who only strive to bring out the intellectual meaning without grasping the soul contents of it and do not perceive the ecstasy of the seer ‘seeing’ his experiences”  by Sri Aurobindo 

Babu Kishan has often said to me, most Indian people including himself, do not go to western kirtans because they do not have a clue what they are chanting, he is nice about it saying, at least they are trying. 


Babu Kishan akak Krishnendu Das grew up on the soil and in the soul of Birbhum India, where he was raised listening, hearing and remembering Sanskrit. Sri Nabani Das Khyapa Baul his Grandfather and Brajabala Dasi Grandmother were the last of the authentic Vaishnava Baul. They spoke Oral Sanskrit and read Sanskrit manuscripts. Yes Vaishnava Bauls were oral Sanskritist and they sang in vernacular Bengali to the villagers who were not Sanskritists.


Babu was lucky to have started his life hearing and remembering, this he continued along with the learning of classical Sanskrit first for 12 years at the Ramakrishna Mission, Calcutta University and through great teachers/friends such as 'Dr. Roma Choudhry' the first Indian female to attend and obtain a degree from Oxford University a well know Sanskrit Drama writer.

"It is the soul of the words that are missing, it is the soul or the practice that is missing. The practice of Yoga, Tantra, Bhakti Yoga is there, it is a sing song, singing is good, exercise is good, techniques are good by without the SOUL, the essence it is just that another earthy thing to do. There should be so much Soul in these Indian practices that you can not be of the real world. "

Babu Kishan in Fairfax California 2007  

Bob Dylan wearing the Rama Boli (scarf) given to him by Babu Kishan's Uncle Laxshman Das Baul in 1967 in Woodstock NY.


Monday, May 20, 2019

Lone Shaman goes rolling along, Babu Kishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul




BABUKISHAN DAS BAUL


Saturday, August 30, 2008
The Times of India
LONE SHAMAN GOES ROLLING ALONG…
By Debdutta Ray


Krishnendu Das aka Babukishan Baul, the son of Baul samrat, Purna Das Baul and grandson of legendary Nabani Das Baul was here, in our city for a poetry book launch. While he keeps his audience in his thrall with his powerhouse rendition of Baul earthy singing and dancing, the foot can't help but tap; synchronising with every pluck of the 'Ektara' string; the mind can't help but drift away into the rustic village interiors.


At a tender age of four, a realisation came to Krishnendu that he is going to become a Baul like his father and grandfather and keep the centuries old family tradition alive. He even started touring the country and gradually began to touch foreign shores with his father, for his musical repertoires. Says Babukishan Baul," We are the messengers of peace. 

We wander from place to place spreading the message of divine love and universal brotherhood. We worship the soul. Every soul is beautiful as God lies in every individual." Even though it seems like it is entrenched in Hindu tradition, the Baul philosophy transcends all religions. It believes in free-thinking.
"We borrow ideas and ideologies from, Buddhism, Christianity and several other ancient religions.


Several eminent authors and stalwarts like Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore himself, rock musicians, poets and artists have drawn inspiration from Baul music and philosophies. Babu's professional career in music began with some of the 20th century's greatest musicians.
He toured with Bob Dylan's The Band in their 1985 East and West tour. He has performed and recorded with the likes of George Harrison, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Chakka Khan, Ravi Shankar, Zakir Hussain, Tom Petty, Miles Davis, Allan Fakir, Herbie Mann, Third World, Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson, Ziggy Marley, R D Burman, and many others.
The Beat poet Alen Ginsberg had exclaimed after listening to Baul music, "I have finally found what I was looking for!" And where does a Baul draw his inspiration from? "We look within. We search our souls and find the answers. The deepest and the most profound secrets are lying in our hearts, which can be unearthed only by means of meditation and staying in touch with our core," says Babukishan.
The Baul's ideology is symbolised as the 'Ektara' - the one stringed instrument, connotes "to unite'. As the line goes "…deshey deshey more ghor acchey…" (I have a home in every land), a Baul wears a multicoloured attire, called 'Guduri', made up of cloth swatches stitched together, picked up from every place, every land he visits, representing the multicoloured nature of human society with all its shades. I designed this patch work dress and my family and I are the first to take Baul outside of Bengal and India. 

All Baul follow our lineage, they dress as us, sing our songs and follow Nabani Das Khyapa Baul who is the first Baul to play the Ektara, Baya and wear a certain style of Nupur around his ankles. Our lineage is the only Das Baul and Dasi lineage of Vaishnava Baul.
The maverick musician, Babukishan knows how to play about 15 different instruments and can even make many with his own hands. He was the first to make Baul Fusion music collaborating with international acts like Beach Boys, Bob Dylan and The Band, Ziggy Marley in the late seventies and eighties. . However, he was subjected to a lot of criticisms from the purists.
Says Babu, many fakes have come out. But a true Baul is the one who can tell a profound philosophy in the first few lines of his/her song, then breaks into crooning the lines of the poet Rashoraj Goshai, " Amar jemon beni temni robey, chul bhejabo na' ( I shall dip into the water, yet not let my braid get wet in it), which means, I shall be a part of the world and enjoy every bit of pleasure it can give, yet be detached from it. Most women have been 'Grihi' (one who stays indoors) Baul, like his grandmother, Brojobala Dashi, has also contributed to this kind of music and their support has been monumental in Baul music.
Besides, women are considered to be the source of inspiration and strength. Says Babukishan, "We believe that every human being has aspects of man and woman inside him or her. That's why we keep long hair." With the opening up of the economy and globalisation, Baul music has received acceptance abroad, but not as much in India, although our nation is getting westernized at jet-speed.
Says Babukishan who gives lectures at several universities in the USA, Canada, Europe, South East Asia, etc, "The latest culture to hit the youth is the 'mall culture'. They are seeing fifty thousand things around them, but cannot set their hearts upon what they want." The legendary Bob Dylan had once said to him "India is becoming Bob Dylan and Bob Dylan is becoming Baul." So what is freedom to a Baul? "Freedom to me is boundless, it means to be able to do whatever I want, go wherever I want to go, say whatever I want to say. 
I will feel free and liberated when I find my 'moner manush' my soul mate. Till that time, I will keep on searching it." Babukishan wants to start an institution called, The Bauls of Bengal Academy of Folk Performing Arts, to help preserve this ancient lineage. "We are looking for a platform and finances. The institute will be devoted to the pursuit of learning Baul music, Vedic healing and Music Therapy," says the Baul, who has immense faith in power of mass media.
Only it can change the way the world thinks, as Baul has been the oldest medium, wandering from place to place, telling stories, exchanging philosophies and ideas. Baul origin: The word Baul (pronounced: baa-ul) derived from the Sanskrit word 'vyatul' meaning 'insanity'.
Bauls of Bengal can be traced back to the 16th century to the advent of Vaishnava spriritual leader Chaitanya Deva (1486-1533) and his great teacher/friend Sri Nityananda of Ekachakra.
The mystic Bengal Baul sect constitutes, performing Kirtan, Bhajan and Baul songs. They were minstrels who wandered the streets of Birbhum (famous for Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore's education institution, Shantiniketan), sleeping under trees and singing and dancing for a livelihood.
The Bauls have their own philosophy, a mix of Hindu, Buddhist and Tantra. Like the Sufis, they strive to bridge the rift that was created between the religious and social groups, professing freedom from compulsion, doctrine and social caste.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Nabani Das Khyapa Baul and his friend Poet (Kabi) Nuzul Islam

This a very valuable picture at #Kolkata’s #PGHospital!! Still remember from our family I am the one ☝️ took my grandmother and went to see last time #PoetNazrulIslam!! 

1974 I guess, Who was one of the #Wellwisher of my #GrandFather, and I brought him once to my Grandfather’s #Deathanniversary too, Nazul Islam wrote ‘Ami Bhai KhyapaBaul Amaar  Deul’.

My father Purna Das Baul recorded "‘Ami Bhai KhyapaBaul Amaar  Deul’ at #HindustanRecods years back 70’s with my Grandfather’s composition.
https://youtu.be/xFk85P3GZVY
https://youtu.be/xFk85P3GZVY
RabindranathTagore wrote ‘Aamr e Paraye Paraye Khepiye Baraye Kon Khyapa se’ about Nabani Das Khyapa Baul whom he named. Mirror of the Sky’ and ‘Khyapa Baul. My GrandFather names him #RobiBal and gave a dress which so popular those days, even RabindranathTagore restarted #Shantiniketanpoetpesivals to todays #PousMela .

The funny thing is everyone now takes the title “Khyapa Baul and Khyapa Baba” to see in the market place, I have noticed many calling themselves #pioneer #Legend #Saint #Khyapa today which does not make any sense, it is shameless? There is only one West Bengal Baul #pioneer #legend #khyapa that was my Grandfather #BaulSaintNabanDasKhyapaBaul.

I was listening and watching someone sent me question from Europe, "BabuDa what is your comment about today’s Bauls? I said no comments why because there is nothing to comment, it is actually an insult, for this I gave my life to preserve the original Bauls, it is all acting? OMG, I guess they are trying,  at least they trying to be a Baul Singer if and becoming a #TouristAttractions but Baul NO. 

Acting like they something to become Baul is not a easy job dear? No there is no  #BaulSadhna or #BaulSadhak nor #Sadhika.. or public can not handle with real Baul! Even today’s Baul Singers are not even close, a 10,000 miles far from my Father and my tunes / compositions which everyone follows still and maybe lifetime forever. They do not even know whose songs they are singing, who they are following, many are taking the songs of my ancestors and creating new lineages, they follow our dress, our songs and the way Nabani Das Khyapa Baul was with the Ektara, Drum and bells (nupoor) his feet, they follow how this lineage dances but yet make up stories.

 I am the one who made Baul internationally famous through #Universities #Festivals #TopMusicLebels #Cinema, #Media and it was hard works Dear, at least say the truth rather than pretending you are the one who did all the work, you follow and copy everything I have done, everywhere I have gone. I made so easier for anyone and I made a concrete platform for next generation and for today’s Baul singers. #RabindranathTagore helped little bit from his books and he was initiated into Baul by my Grandfather Nabani Das Khyapa Baul, he was closest to Tagore and when taking about Tagore and Baul is you leave out Nabani Das Khyapa Bauls name, you are misappropriating Baul and making stories. I did all the leg work and the rest by my parents!

I know I said I would not comment but about today’s Baul: It’s too embarrassing how people calling themselves Baul and how everybody is seeing the #Fake, it is acting, it is #tourism, a lot of it is just plain stupidity!! What #BengalGovernment and #IndaGovernment r doing ? And who those people cannt even protect their own #Culture.

Only way before #RabindranathTagore gave the most valuable title #KhyapaBaul to my Grandfather, another thing RabindranathTagore just heard about #LalonFakir’s poetry from his brother but met fist Baul alive and became friendly that was my Grandfather #Birbhumpride #Bengalpride #NabaniDasBaul. Tagore tried to give Nabani whatever he wanted, he tried to keep him with him at all times but you can not capture a real Baul, a real Baul will disappear like the wind. Baul is a wind catcher, you can not catch the wind. Baul is a combination of 2 Sanskrit words “Bayu (Vayu) and Tula” = Baul = to balance the vital airs. 

This picture is valuable to me because #BongoBandhu came to visit and see the last time the Poet, in that gathering he without saying anything, sat on floor and almost cried, like a little child, and told Poet one of his Guru ... never seen so reality .. now everything fake for life I mean life is a fake.

 People love/ like all fake, and are blind, they can not even see the real original and reality, it is so bad timing for humanity, when they can not real from fake. 

Anything with #Baul like the word #International #World #Global #mystic are all due to me , I am the one did all first, and I never ever thought I would have to say this, it is not bragging, it is because the real history is being mis-appropriated by unfeeling, greedy people who are all about internet marking and changing the history of Baul. 





https://bhavaproject.weebly.com/tagore--baul.html 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Babu Kishan and Nabani Das 'Khyapa Baul his Guru Grandfather' and 'Father' ! Truth Talk!

Although I am so lucky and blessed by #grace of #God#Goddesses !!
https://mirrorofthesky.blogspot.com
Still remember my Musical ability started more in various way from 1973 onward!! 
I am so lucky to have grown up on my famous #BaulSaintNabaniDasKhyapaBaul ‘s Lap he totally gave all his #Shakti and #mysticism to me. 
I am alive in cosmic way with different #Ayurvedic treatment by Nabani, he took me to almost every temple where I have darshan with all the Great Siddha’s, Saints, Yogi as we wandered with a big hope for my life. Credit goes to my sweet Grandmother, that little baby left to die at birth, was born Mystic with universal vast knowledges more than anyone of my lineage and worked out found out A to Z of life and cosmic power. I do not often share my life story but this is part of it.
I am only from oldest #Baullineage and being the first Grandchild and oldest of my generation. I have brought Baul to the outside world and Indian Music with the record companies in Bombay. I am one of the first to categorize all of Indian Music for the biggest Music companies. Various music, variety of #modern #writeup#poetry #songs#stories, knowledge of #technology
I was born before my parents marriage #lovechild, premature with crooked limbs I was taken to #SuriOldHospital’s where the Doctor told them, this baby would only live for couple days. I was not supposed to live, so they left me to die. Now that I have 2 of my own children I can not imagine leaving a tiny baby, they left me to die just like a street dog, they continued their behaviour as long as I have known them, if they could use me for themselves they did but certainly my parents never did anything for me. 

We are all born with different karma's I was born into my Guru's lap and spent 8 years with him he gave me everything as did my Grandmother, my parents are a different story as much as I loved them I can not say it was returned and that is just the way it goes. It is their loss for leaving twice in my life because when they got me at 8 years of age they put me in an orphanage.
Nabani Das Khyapa Baul and his eldest Grandson, in 1964 approximately, he named Babu Kishan - Krishnendu and called him Prem. Babu Kishan was always with Nabani on his lap or close by 24/7, joined at the hip with the Guru.
I was left at birth to this day not sure exactly why? Was it because I was born premature and with crooked limbs or was it because I was born before my parents were married? They left me with my Maha Siddha Grandpa “Nabani Das Khyapa Baul' and Grandma “Brajabala Dasi' a true authentic Vaishnava Baul. Nabani and Brajabala used Ayurvedic healing to straighten my limbs and keep me alive, thank God for them and Nabani being a great alchemist healer of Rasa gave me life, taking me to Ma Tara at Tarapith regularly, I owe Tara Ma and Kali Ma my life we have been very close since my birth in Birbhum. My life was cut out for me at birth, an inborn Tantric and a Music Composer, and of course many other things including Film.
I was returned to Purna and Manju when Nabani passed in 1969 because Brajabala wanted me to with Purna and Manju who already had 2 other sons, and to get an education outside of the village. When I arrived in Calcutta they put in an orphanage, far from Calcutta? 

Whatever I am now I did all by myself alone, I never took nor received any help from Purna Das Baul my parents, I made myself strong in every way so as to never even use them for anything. However, they used me emotionally, financially, musically, my whole life, which is my fault to have allowed, especially because there was no respect and where there is no respect there can be no love. 

I composed all the music, produced the music and marketed all this Music for my Dad, in the albums below and many songs were my own poetry. I never received anything in return, not a rupee, no royalties, not eve a thank you, not that I was looking for that but as I get older I think and think, they did not even give any respect to me, and actually worked against me. This is not love.

Now with a fresh mind and through time I can see, my parents abused me, even though I am the one who made them famous with my life work, all the music I composed, arranged, promoted, all my time and devotion taking them around the world before there was internet and the modern technology of today. My life devoted to them, all my money and talent given to them, other arrangement management organized with strong ability always make you a complete and strong platform. Which I did without any of my benefit to myself and now I see in someway I made my life complicated and allowed so much of my own suffering. I should have stood up long ago, I should not have ignored all the nasty things you said behind my back. I would bring a Bollywood star to your home and after leaving they would always say, who is your family, they do not have anything nice to say about you, they said this and that, only to get angry at the person who told me the truth. I am sorry.

I was born a Mystical Music Composer with the ability to organize, arrange, manage, academic in so many different ways from music to programs, I am the person who gave Baul’s a platform to stand on, a template and many have followed in my footsteps around the World and with Baul and Baul fusion Music. Now looking back on it it, I born with special mind, a Tantric mind inherited from my Grandpa who was a genius who all genius people like to be around, he was the Baul who initiated Rabindranath Tagore into Baul, all poets, artists, musicians and even political leaders like Nehru wanted to be associated with, most of Nabani’s history has gone to the way side because he never wanted to be known but his son my father Purna Das Baul had the desire to be seen and known by all. I was the only one who talked and kept my Grandfathers memory alive, holding a Baul Mela in Calcutta every year to honour him with my energy, my money, my time.
What today the Baul artist are experiencing is due to my hard work, I made what is tough much easier.
Once I was alone and with the sky full of stars, it was summer holidays Durga Puja time and all the children at the Ramakrishna Misson had gone home, however, nobody came to pick me up to take me home 🏠, I was only 8 years old and still adjusting to the fact that I was essentially an orphan in a different place now. One midnight I woke up with a magical lights everywhere, even thought there was nobody there. I kept hearing the sound like 'I am with everyone’ I felt my Grandpa always my ideal my first Guru, my inner lights to esoteric goal. I am born Mystic as I felt day by day trying to understand why I was so different from other people. I never said anything to any one, I have kept all my magical mystical experiences to myself. A friend once told the baby cry’s most get milk, anyhow I never cried but got everything travel more than 💯 Countries and so many connections without anyone’s support except my Guru.

After moving to Bombay, the first Daughter gonna be born, I didn’t have a rupee in my pocket but doctor gave full of list with so many medications, magically I got call from #UshaMangeshkar #PankajUdgas #RVPandit for wonderful wishes, I was so absent minded couldn’t say anything only Ha Hu but never told anyone I needed money, I didn’t know what gonna I was going to do? 
I took a bus sat just front seat bus 🚌 back n forth from King Circle to Tardeo area . I looked and saw wonderful lights going one step before and stopped Worli. I got down at #Hajiali and keep walking following that like ended up to #HajiAliBaba, spend some time and back to home next morning have to go to hospital, got a call from a #Parsilady who was working for #BombayCancerSociety, I met months ago and we supposed to make an unique #Audiobook but somehow didn’t happened she needed permission from other board member. she told time to star if u need some money advance come to meet me morning, got 40’000 cash 💰 without saying anything and 60’000 later. 
My first Daughter born with 40,000 cash like a #miracle a mystical desire of need at that time. I still talk with my Grandpa Guru to this day, he left the planet in 1969 and is forever, with me. When I first came to Bombay another mystical happened to me and the hotel we stayed in #Dadar east, my parents were visiting with two other guys present. I had arranged a singing program for my parents but it was to be in 3 day. I went to front desk and asked if we can go on a city tour. When I was talking to this Maharastrian guy, I became absent mind and again my Grandpa around me and took my mind to a photo. I was little surprised to see the photo with full of energy and smiling at me and suddenly I asked the boy who that photo about? SaiBaba Shirdi Ke SaiBaba, from that day on I always found my Grandpa in SaiBaba.

From that day my life made much easier through #ShirdiSaiBaba. I am alive due to my Grandparents and all their hard work and their mystical connection to me, they are my Guru's, which I felt the day my Grandfather died like a electrical came to my body still can not even think he is no more, he always with me with his mystical smile, he game my name #Prem and named me Krishnendu which is my legal name!
Suri Doctor #Kaligoti used to call me #Babu and called my Grandpa #BabaNabani you and your Prem feel like the real honey connection. Kaligoti doctor also supported me a lot through Ayurvedic Healing, he was a close friend of my Grandfather and they were all into Ayurvedic herbs and alchemy and compared notes, much of this has been passed onto me! 
Anyhow my parents were so busy for their own life and my grandparents gave me all their focus, it was a time when Nabani had quite his wandering traveling ways and was staying with me all the time. Kaligoti had told Nabani that I was not a regular baby, something was different from the other babies, my Grandpa answered, obviously he is my #Madhu my Love my Prem has to be extraordinary and I have always been so different, my mind is completely different from from regular people and any of the children born in my #Baulfamily. 

A story below just one example of Babu Kishan's Calcutta family, and how they used and brain washed him, I call it emotional blackmail.  Early 1980's, it was difficult for Babu Kishan because he never really felt he belonged and never quit fit in but he did everything to please them and gave everything he gave all to them, including credit for his work?? These have been huge lessons in Babu Kishan's life. His Grandmother always taught him, let it go, leave it, just let it be?

Babu Kishan as Krishnendu Das was the Music Director, Composer, Principle Music, Background Music and Film Design of this movie,  he won the Best Music in Russian Film Festival and Best Music Indian National Award and Best Film 1981 the film was released in 1983.

Long story, long story behind this film and the truth will be told.

Purna Das Baul was NOT the music director, it is all about family emotional Blackmail, Babu put his fathers name there because this is what his Mom wanted, hard to believe but Babu would do whatever his parents wanted. Purna Das Baul is not a Music Composer or Music Director, he is only a singer and had to be taught to sing in Hindi because he did not speak Hindi, he has never ever composed any music (period).

Babu Kishan name listed as Krishnendu Das is listed on the original movie and music. It was later mysterious changed to his father Purna Das Baul and his Mom said, no leave it.


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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

LONE SHAMAN GOES ROLLING ALONG, Babu Kishan… By Debdutta Ray

Re-Post from 2008 Times of India
BABU KISHAN DAS aka Krishnendu Das
LEADER of modern Bauls 


Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Times of India

LONE SHAMAN GOES ROLLING ALONG…

By Debdutta Ray
 Babu Kishan, Zakir Hussain, Ali Akbar Khan, Ravi Shankar
Krishnendu Das aka Babukishan Baul, the eldest son of Baul samrat, Purna Das Baul and grandson of legendary Nabani Das Baul was here, in our city for a poetry book launch. While he keeps his audience in his thrall with his powerhouse rendition of Baul earthy singing and dancing, the foot can't help but tap; synchronising with every pluck of the 'Ektara' string; the mind can't help but drift away into the rustic village interiors. 

At a tender age of four, a realisation came to Krishnendu that he is going to become a Baul like his father and grandfather and keep the centuries old family tradition alive. 

He even started touring the country and gradually began to touch foreign shores with his father, for his musical repertoires. Says Babukishan Baul," We are the messengers of peace. We wander from place to place spreading the message of divine love and universal brotherhood. We worship the soul. Every soul is beautiful as God lies in every individual." 

Even though it seems like it is entrenched in Hindu tradition, the Baul philosophy transcends all religions. It believes in free-thinking. 

Several eminent authors and stalwarts like Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore himself, rock musicians, poets and artists have drawn inspiration from Baul music and philosophies. Babu's professional career in music began with some of the 20th century's greatest musician's. He toured with Bob Dylan's The Band in their 1985 East and West tour.

He has performed and recorded with the likes of George Harrison, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Chakka Khan, Ravi Shankar, Zakir Hussain, Tom Petty, Miles Davis, Allan Fakir, Herbie Mann, Third World, Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson, Ziggy Marley, R D Burman, and many others. The Beat poet Alen Ginsberg had exclaimed after listening to Baul music, "I have finally found what I was looking for!" And where does a Baul draw his inspiration from?

"We look within. We search our souls and find the answers. The deepest and the most profound secrets are lying in our hearts, which can be unearthed only by means of meditation and staying in touch with our core," says Babukishan. The Baul's ideology is symbolised as the 'Ektara' - the one stringed instrument, connotes "to unite'. As the line goes "…deshey deshey more ghor acchey…" (I have a home in every land), a Baul wears a multicoloured attire, called 'Guduri', made up of cloth swatches stitched together, picked up from every place, every land he visits, representing the multicoloured nature of human society with all its shades. 

The maverick musician, Babukishan knows how to play about 15 different instruments and can even make many with his own hands. He was the first to make Baul Fusion music collaborating with international acts like Beach Boys, Bob Dylan and The Band, Ziggy Marley in the late seventies and eighties. 

However, he was subjected to a lot of criticisms from the purists. Says Babu, many fakes have come out. But a true Baul is the one who can tell a profound philosophy in the first few lines of his/her song, then breaks into crooning the lines of the poet Rashoraj Goshai, " Amar jemon beni temni robey, chul bhejabo na' ( I shall dip into the water, yet not let my braid get wet in it), which means, I shall be a part of the world and enjoy every bit of pleasure it can give, yet be detached from it. 
Most women have been 'Grihi' (one who stays indoors) Baul, like his grandmother, Brojobala Dashi, has also contributed to this kind of music and their support has been monumental in Baul music. Besides, women are considered to be the source of inspiration and strength. 

Says Babukishan, "We believe that every human being has aspects of man and woman inside him or her. That's why we keep long hair." 

With the opening up of the economy and globalisation, Baul music has received acceptance abroad, but not as much in India, although our nation is getting westernized at jet-speed. Says Babukishan who gives lectures at several universities in the USA, Canada, Europe, South East Asia, etc, "The latest culture to hit the youth is the 'mall culture'. They are seeing fifty thousand things around them, but cannot set their hearts upon what they want." 

The legendary Bob Dylan had once said to him "India is becoming Bob Dylan and Bob Dylan is becoming Baul." 

So what is freedom to a Baul? "Freedom to me is boundless, it means to be able to do whatever I want, go wherever I want to go, say whatever I want to say. I will feel free and liberated when I find my 'Moner Manush' my soul mate. 

Babukishan wants to start an institution called, The Bauls of Bengal Academy of Folk Performing Arts, to help preserve this ancient lineage. "We are looking for a platform and finances. The institute will be devoted to the pursuit of learning Baul music, Vedic healing and Music Therapy," says the Baul, who has immense faith in power of mass media. 

Only it can change the way the world thinks, as Baul has been the oldest medium, wandering from place to place, telling stories, exchanging philosophies and ideas. 

Baul origin: The word Baul (pronounced: baa-oowl) derived from the 2 Sanskrit words 'vayu-tula' the Wind Catchers, balancing the vital airs (pranayama). 

Bauls of Bengal can be traced back to the 16th century to the advent of Vaishnava spriritual leader Chaitanya Deva (1486-1533) and his best friend Nityananda who was a Baul Avadhuta from my lineage. 

The mystic Bengal Baul from Birbhum sect constitutes, performing Kirtan, Bhajan and Baul songs. They were minstrels who wandered the streets of Birbhum (famous for Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore's education institution, Shantiniketan), sleeping under trees and singing and dancing for a livelihood. The Bauls have their own philosophy, a mix of Hindu Yoga, Tantra with a sprinkle of Sufi, and Buddhist because as people flowed into Bengal Baul accepted all rejected peoples, they picked up a few techniques here and there but they did not become them. 

Like the Sufis, they strive to bridge the rift that was created between the religious and social groups, professing freedom from compulsion, doctrine and social caste. 

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Old Nandala Bose painting of Nabani Das Khyapa Baul and Sculpture by Ram Kinkar Baij in Shantiniketan Vishva Bharati University!

approx - 1920 -1930
This is a really old painting by the famous Bengali artist 'Nadalal Bose' of Babu Kishan's Grandfather GURU - as you can see Nabani's style was 'Ektara Baya and Nupoor'! All who follow this style have followed Nabani Das Khyapa Baul because he is the creator of this style.  

Nabani Das Khyapa Baul. 


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 The statue below was commissioned by Rabindranath Tagore for "Ram Kinkar Baij' another famous Bengali Artist to create this stature of Nabani Das Khyapa Baul.

approx - 1920 -1930

Nabani Das Khyapa Baul was a great friend with both artists and with Rabindranath Tagore.

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Nabani Das Khyapa Baul

This lineage of Baul is a living tradition but is now extinct because it is only performance level, drama, song and dance. The essence of Baul is the living part and it does not change. Living tradition does not mean the tradition changes and it is what anybody wants it to be depending on copy and paste and following another, "fake it til you make it'. 

In Baul when they talk about Baul being a Living Tradition they are talking about the 'Essence of Baul' which is the Rasa of Baul without which it is not living anymore, it is talking about the Shakti of Baul.

Baul is very simple, Love Humanity Unity! However, because it is extinct, it must be qualified correctly,  Baul is used by many watered down and twisted that is why Baul needs to be clarified for the History of Humanity.