This foundation was created and registered in Mumbai, India in 2007 and has been inactive. Time is precious and it is of the upmost important, Indian Music in its pristine form is disappearing, Folk, Classical, Spiritual, Indian Cinema and Baul has been culturally appropriated by outsiders who are making up lineages.
A major focus for Babu Kishan is on preserving Folk Music and the Yogic Baul minstrel Musical Tradition of Baul and Baul sadhana clearing up the misconceptions about what Baul is? It is important to preserve Baul and Baul song and dance accurately because it has been hijacked by Cultural Appropriation and Academics who are changing the narrative.
Educating and keeping Traditional India Music alive in this world of technology and dynamic change.
Baul is Extinct.
This one and only Lineage of Tantric Vaishnava Baul does not follow anyone, everybody follows them.
No one in this world would know about Baul without all the leg work Babu Kishan aka Krishnendu Das has done.
Many have followed him and copied him in his path trying to be him, running around to Universities and trying to get in touch with his friends and musicians and colleages, the places he has traveled, everybody follows Babu wanting into Bollywood ect..
The patchwork Guduri he designed for his father is worn today by many Bauls.
The Baul women's dress he designed for the Film Tagore about his aunt Radharani Dasi is worn today by a new Baul singer.
There are no Bangladeshi Bauls that is just a fabrication to fundraise.
Baul is extinct all we can do is preserve and all is with Babu not with these new made up lineage.
Without all the work he has done in the 1970's 1980's, 1990's and onward,
no one in this world would know what or who Baul is. If not for Babu Kishan's effort and hard work keeping the flame of Baul alive, the flame that his ancestors going back thousands of years to the modern day and the flame of his Grandfather and Father have kept alive.
Babu has organized, managed and created a framework for all to follow in. He has observed that most have taken and made up stories and lineages but have never given credit or mentioned his name? Now it is time for Babu Kishan to preserve and tell his story full and final.
Please help support an authentic 'Baul Guru' from an authentic lineage.
The Ektara Foundation
registered 2007 in Mumbai India
Please be careful who you donate too, not all are legitimate Bauls or honest.
Please contact Babu Kishan and have a conversation in how you can help.
He has been a cultural representative India and Indian Music around the World for 40 years
Gopi Yantra aka Gopi Chand
A Baul Yantra it is called the Gopi Yantra or Gopi Chand more commonly known as an Ektara the one stringed instrument that symbolised peace and unity to the Baul.
The Gopi Yantra is the Bauls tool of focus, it is alive awake and spirit is infused in their Yantra. The Gopis were the lovers of Krishna, when Krishna would play his flute they would go mad with divine love and come running to Krishna they would drop everything and run to him. Baul Gopi Yantra can make one mad with divine desire of love and yearning it is a trance instrument, when Babu starts to play all the world disappears and days go by without my mind I forget what I am supposed to do, it takes one out of this world. The difference between classic tantra and Baul tantra is that the tools and techniques are different not all but some.