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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Babukishan das Baul Concert


The Mystic Bhakti of a Living Master

Join multi-instrumentalist, legendary Indian composer, energetic performer Babukishan das Baul for a night of unforgettable music and bhakti at the Yoga Farm.
Babukishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul

 Babu is Baul from Birbhum Bengal India. Babu's lineage is an Oral living lineage of Bhakti MysticYogi's and wandering minstrels. He is the first Baul to aquire a modern education with a  BA in Indian Philosophy, MA in Indian Music. He was a Vedic Monk for 12 years with the Ramakrishna Order. His father Purna Das Baul is Baul Samarat (king) of the Bauls and the first Baul and one of the first Indian Vocalist to travel outside of India. His grandfather Nabani Das Baul was Baul Guru and inspiration to Rabindranath Tagore, and American poet Allen Ginsberg.
Babu is a Vedic Sanskrit Baul Scholar, Poet, Philosopher and author of 3 books in Bengali. As an award winning music composer he has composed music for all of India's top singers and musicians. He has traveled world wide for 40 years performing, lecturing and preserving Baul. As a multi-instrumentalist, Master of Indian Classical, Folk, Baul and Bollywood music he has recorded more than 44 albums in different languages world-wide. He has performed and recorded with music greats such as Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, The Band, George Harrison, Miles Davis, and the Beach Boys.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Lineage Original Baul .. Baul song written by Nabani Das Khappa Baul and sung by his son Laxshman Das Baul.

The Bauls who sang on this album never received any money for this album..
Babu-Kishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul used to buy as many copies as he could and hand it out to people as a way of inspiring people to listen to Baul music....He has been promoting, trying to preserve his lineage for 40 years.... There is so much misinformation regarding the Bauls of Bengal.. this site has been created as a way of educating the public on what Baul really is..... coming from a authentic oral living lineage Baul..


Friday, April 22, 2011

Babukishan music various songs, Baul, Bollywood fun music composed and some sung by Babu..

Multi talented Baul... Master of Indian Classical, Folk, Baul and Bollywood Music
MA Indian Music Kolkata University
First Baul to receive a University education, and be trained in his oral lineage. 
First Baul to compose Baul fusion music.
First Baul to live in North America, Babu now resides in Canada and India.
Babu has been traveling, and preserving his lineage for 40 years, he is from the only pioneering lineage and family to bring The Bauls of Bengal out of the village to the world.



Monday, April 18, 2011

Hauman Chalisa Music composed and Produced by Babukishan singing Hari Om Sharan


Babu Kishan produced this very popular version of the Hanuman Chalisa in the the late 80's, it was later stolen by his assistant at his studio in Mumbai who sold it to Tseries without Babu's knowledge ... Tseries made millions of rupees without even giving Babu credit as Music Producer and Music Composer. This music was created and paid for by Babukishan. His assistant sold it to T-series, and they refused to give Babu credit or acknowledge where the music came from.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Baul History 101 Part 2

Baul Saint Sri Nabani Das Khyappa Baul, Poet, Philosopher, Lineage Baul of Bengal.

Bauls do not care for rules and regulations of the orthodox religions they are freedom (moksha) liberation seekers. They are ardent Bhakti Yogi’s, sadhaka’s. Bauls were the newspaper before the printed newspaper with a twist they are spiritual Guru’s, and spiritual messengers of the eternal truths of India. Bauls believe in humanity, they do not negate the body, however this does not mean the body is the main focus of their sadhana, the main focus is the soul. Bauls believe in the soul, they always say, ask your soul, they do not say ask your body or ask your mind. Bauls are soul singers, they believe that we reach liberation through the soul. To them we are all divine gifts and our bodies are our temples, music is the path, actually you could call them Yogi sound healers of the soul.

The divine in the form of Radha and Krishna reside in the soul located in the alter of the heart within the human body. This is where the rasa lila dance takes place. The ekatara or Gopi Chand a one stringed musical instrument is the Bauls symbol of unity and peace. Bauls are lovers of Hari, lovers of the divine, ecstatic mystical lovers, they are honey bees gathering the rasa (juice) grinding this juice into the pure love. Thus they are known as mystical honey catchers.

 The first Baul to wander far from the streets of Bengal was Purna Das Baul. As a young lad he pioneered Baul singing on the trains in British India at the tender age of 7 or 8, which eventually led him to all of India, Russia, America to Woodstock and just about every country in the World many times over for the past 60 years. Purna Das Chandra Baul the only Legendary Baul and Baul Samrat (king of the Bauls) he is Babukishan's father.

Times were very difficult for the Bauls in the villiage when Purna Chandra Das was growing up, being the eldest son he wanted to help his mother Brajabala Dasi because in the early years his father was wandering India thus Purna Das Baul started singing on the trains for rupee's. In the past the Bauls would travel from village to village singing the Hare Krishna mahamantra, and singing their songs of the teaching of Indian Philosophy and humanity, they were offered Dakshina as one would pay for a spiritual newspaper of magazine, they enlightened the people.

Purna Das Baul brought Baul to the world and Babukishan, did all of the leg work organizing the tours, making contacts for performances at theatre halls, univerisities, radio, television and festivals around the world. They preformed concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London and Carnegie Hall in New York opening doors for all Bauls to follow, they created history all credit goes to them and their lineage as pioneering Bauls of Bengal,India.

 Rabindranath Tagore started the Pous Mela in honour of Babukishan's  grandfather Baul Saint Shri Nabani Das Khyappa Baul. Rabindranath created this festival to bring all the poets of the world together and to preserve Bengali culture in Shantiniketan, he named the bridge at the Pous MelaNabani Setu (Bridge on Ajoy River,Birbhum,West Bengal) after Sri Nabani Das Baul as he was the first Baul to be introduced through the Pous Mela (Poetry & Baul Festival), he opened the door for other Bauls at the Pous Mela before Nabani Das Baul the Pous Mela did not exist.

BaulSaint Nabani Das Baul was the biggest attraction for the JaiDev Mela, Rabindranath said, "Nabani Das you always go to the Joy Dev Mela why not start a Mela here in Shantinekatan, Bolpur to bring together all the poets and storytellers (Bauls are Storyteller) around the world." Rabindranath knew Nabani Das Baul would be the biggest attraction for everybody. Nabani Das Baul was not any regular Baul he was a Saint, millions of people all over India would come to see him.

Babu was blessed as he was born into Nabani's care for the first 8 years of his life, Nabani named Babu, Krishnendu healed his crooked limbs and carried him around India giving him darshan with the most important spiritual Guru's that were alive in the 60's. To Nabani Das Babu was his Bala Krishna he was addicted to his little Krishna Das.

Rabindranath photographed Nabani Das Baul and you can even view these photographs in the Royal British Museum in London and many of reputed Magazine's Covers. He created a meditation spot for Nabani Das just opposite his glass room in Shantiniketan.  He instaled a Statute dedicated to Nabani Das Khyappa Baul. The statue was sculptured by world renowned Ramkinkar Baije. Rabindranath Tagore named Nabani Das "Khyappa" Baul there were no Bauls before him named "Khyappa" now we have Bauls called themselves Khyappa all the time, but it really was a name meant only for my grandfather. Our lineage is that of Das and Dasi and any Bauls using this title are in some way related to our lineage.

Many eminent painting and drawing were done of Nabani Das Khyappa Baul by renowned Bengal painters who were also Nabani Das's friends,  Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy, M.F.Hussain and many more.

It was the American Poet Allen Ginsberg who met Baul Saint Nabani Das Baul in the early 60’s, Ginsberg called Nabani Das his Guru and the 8th wonder of the world, although Nabani didn't want to be Allen’s guru, he wrote about Sri Nabani Das Baul in the New York times, Nabani preference was to remain anonymous (before Allen Ginsberg some people did record and write about Nabani Das Baul in Europe and Japan).

Lineage Bauls were at the legendary first Woodstock in 1969 in New York thanks, to Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dylan's manager Albert B Grossman. You will hear of Ravi Shankar and Swami SatChidAnanda but for some reason Purna Das Baul and his younger brother Laxman Das Baul are not remembered perhaps because they never stayed in the USA. Purna Das Baul can be seen on the cover of Bob Dylan's album"John Westly Harding" the photo originates from 60's Woodstock.

"Baul of Bengal, I sing for all, Blue Danube is Jumuna, Hudson is my Vrindavan, see me in Kolkata, Toronto, London, Hear my call Baul of Bengal, Same man many names, same player, many games, Love is magic to win at life...Hear my call O Baul of Bengal."

Allen Ginsberg’s Guru being Babu’s Grandfather Nabani Das Khyappa Baul wrote this poetry for Babukishan Das Baul and dedicating it to Nabani Das. Babukishan composed in collaboration with Garth Hudson, Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, and his parents, this music for the their tour with Bob Dylan and The Band in 1985. They toured all over American in the East to West Tour with Bob Dylan.

Babu and his family played on stage in London for Rolling Stone’s concerts, fundraisers for Bangladesh Flood victims. They played in the Indian Music section in 1971, 1972, and 1978 in Hyde Park in front of thousands of people along with Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan, The Beattles, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones. The Rolling Stones produced an Album called Jai Bangla, Babu along with his family spent a week at Mick Jagger’s mansion in Nice France while Purna Das Baul was recorded  on this album. This was the beginning of a long relationship between the Rolling Stones and  Babu he last saw the Rolling Stones in 2004 Mumbai.

Anybody inside of or coming out of Bengal knows of the Legendary Classic Baul Purna Chandra Das Baul, millions of people would come out to see him sing from all over India. He is the first and only Baul to have priviate security from the Government of India because of his popularity and fame with millions of people surrounding him. The Bauls have always followed him, they dress the way he dresses, act like he acts.

This fame created much jealousy among some the new Baul singers who came from Bangladesh, and the Bauls who also wanted to take Baul as a profession. At the JaiDev Mela in the 70's the jealousy among the Baul delivered a blow when they poisoned Purna Das Baul, he came very close to death. It is interesting to Babu to listen to the new Baul singing the songs of his lineage never acknowledging the lineage, singing songs or poetry written by his ancestors without acknowledging the poets. 

Wikipedia is completely wrong on the subject of Baul. This is about preserving Baul an ancient lineage that has been around for thousands of years, it is not about making up a lineage by new Baul singers, who are trying to develop a singing career or people who just want to travel the world under the Baul persona and name.

The pioneers who brought Baul outside of India are this lineage Baul family, Sri Nabani Das Baul, Purna Das Baul, his wife the late Manju Das, their eldest son Babukishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul, for more than 60 years.

Baul kirtan is kirtan of Krishna, and Radha, Shiva and Kali, devotional songs on everything relating to Indian spirituality and Yoga. The kirtan’s would go on for days, weeks at a time, one did not stop for a break, or break the kirtan.  The Baul whirls and twirls and takes their audience to another place where the heart becomes the soul, where one will be drunk with the divine finest wine of pure love. For the soul there are no words to describe the blessing of this lineage called “satchitananda.” Magical, Mystical Philosophical, Poetic, Mysterious, God intoxicated Baul of Bengal they sing for all.

OM ANANDA LAHARI, Jai Guru, Jai Nitai, Jai Maa, Hari Bol, Hare Krishna
Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare || Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare
||हरे कृष्ण हरे कृष्ण कृष्ण कृष्ण हरे हरे || हरे राम हरे राम राम राम हरे हरे||

Article by Trishula Sandra Das 

Babukishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul -  
Leader of the Modern Bauls, Baul Guru
BA Indian Philosophy, MA Indian Music,
12 years as Vedic Monk with the RamaKishna Order.
Master of Indian Classical, Folk, Baul and Bollywood music.
30 years Bollywood Music Composer.

 Trishula Das was initiated into the mystical practices of the Lineage Bauls of Bengal in 2006, her role is that of a Baul Scholar, transcribing and writing from the direct lineage transmissions of Babukishan Baul Guru, Baul Scholar.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Part 1- Baul 101 published in Agora National New Canada

Baul History 101

Photo of Sri Nabani Das Khyappa Baul taken by Rabindranath Tagore, Nabani Das Baul was best friends and Baul Guru to Rabindranath Tagore... so whenever you hear how influenced and inspired by the Bauls Rabindranath was, it was Nabani Das Baul who inspired him. Nabani Das is Babukishan's grandfather.

The Rasa Lila Mystics, Moner Manush, The Mirror of the Sky! A Small History Lesson on the Bauls of Bengal.

New Baul performers do not know the History of The Bauls of Bengal. Most if not all of the new Bauls representing Baul today are not versed in Sanskrit, Vedas, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads, Yoga, Indian Philosophy or Vedanta, yet this is the basis of being Baul. The new Baul singers have not been taught the incredible historical legacy that is The Bauls of Bengal, indeed, many are more interested in how they look or how they can make themselves a celebrity. There is no Bengal without Baul, and there is no Baul without Bengal. There is a soul connection between the Bauls and the soil of Bengal. I am sorry to say it, but scholars and writers on Baul have it wrong. They have either talked to the wrong Bauls or have cut and pasted what has been falsely written in books and articles regarding who the Baul are. Some are trying to popularize Bauls by saying that we are a rootless religion. This is one of the biggest distortions I have ever come across, and utterly wrong. First of all, Baul is not a religion, Baul is a path of Sanatana (eternal) Dharma, a path of sadhana. Baul roots are not only deep, they are ancient. If you do not know your eternal dharma and proceed on a path without roots you will never understand or gain the depth that is acquired from a strong foundation. In order to understand what truly separates Baul from religion, one needs to understand the history, the roots of Baul and its eternal dharma.
The oral living lineage of the Baul of Bengal is like an ocean established thousands of years ago. The new rivers flow into the ocean, but the ocean does not flow into the river. The ocean can not become smaller. Every day the ocean becomes more vast, fed by the river which cannot but seek unity. A seed will grow roots then grow into a beautiful tree full of lush leaves, flowers and fruit. The fruit of this tree is called Baul. This fruit can only grow through sadhana. The juice or rasa of Baul is alive because this lineage has kept the light burning for thousands of years of pure devotion. In my observations, the new Bauls are trying to change the unchangeable ocean of the Bauls of Bengal, severing the roots, but without the roots the tree will not grow for future generations. Baul is a mystical tradition of sadhana, a disciple parampara oral living lineage. My lineage, being the oldest living lineage of Baul, pertains to the original ecstatic devotional singer. We are Tantric Bhakti Yogis from West Bengal India. It is now 2011 and we are at a crossroad.  In which direction will Baul proceed?
Nobel prize winning poet Rabindranath Tagore was deeply inspired by Nabani Das Baul, Baul Music and Baul philosophy, as Shri Nabani Das Baul was Tagore's guru. Nabani Das Baul was the first and last Baul Teacher at Rabindranath Tagore's University 'Viswa Bharti'. He also was Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's  Baul Music, Dance and philosophy teacher at Viswa Bharti. This is how Nabani Das Baul had come to Know Jawaharlal Nehru. When India gained independence from the British in 1947, Nehru invited Nabani Das Baul to sing at the inauguration ceremonies all over India.
From Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to America's poet Allen Ginsberg; The
Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Mahalia Jackson, Gandhiji, Nehru,
Indira Gandhi, Osho, Amandamayi Ma, Ramakrishna Dev, Shri SitaRam
Omkarnath; they were all inspired by our lineage of Bauls from Bengal.
Even Mother Theresa can be counted on that list, and there are many more.
Anandamoyi Ma once said to me, “Bauls are complete, they are far advanced to a university degree, they are beyond a PHD.” She said that she wanted to be in touch with my grandfather Nabani Das Baul but for some reason could not. Her
strongest spiritual guru Sitaram Das Omkarnath who brought her into the spiritual limelight, was a very close associate of Nabani Das Baul and it was Sitaram Das Omkarnath who told Ananadmoyi Ma the many stories about my grandfather Sri Nabani Das Baul. At that time in history it was very difficult to do what Anandamoyi Ma did, for it was a man’s world in regards to being a spiritual guru. I truly am blessed to have close association with both Anandamoyi Ma and Sitaram Das Omkarnath. They were both Bengalis.
Edward Dimock Jr. in his The Place of the Hidden Moon (1966) writes: "Rabindranath Tagore put the Bauls on a higher-than-respectable level by his praise of the beauty of their songs and spirit, and by his frank and proud acknowledgement of his own poetic debt to them." The Lineage Bauls of Bengal also inspired many other successful poets, playwrights and songwriters of the 19th and 20th centuries.
The names Goswami (Gosai) Das, or Dasi  have been our lineages names since the beginning of the story going back thousands of years. We are a lineage of mystical song and dance and of kirtan from West Bengal India. Kirtan is not just call and response chanting, it is about telling the stories of Radha and Krishna, the stories of all the scriptures. Who is Ram and Sita? What did they do? What are their stories? The Baul must learn these stories, for they are seeds of Indian
Baul philosophy. Songs as seeds of wisdom and philosophy is a profound exemplification of what it is to be Baul. The seeds grow into the tree called Baul Sadhana, and without the seeds or the roots in song a tree will never grow. It is these roots I am determined to preserve for future generations.
The truth is well known in Bengal that Shri Nityananda, or Nitai born in Ekchhaka, Birbhum, West Bengal in the 1400-1500's, was a Baul. Shri Nityananda inspired his best friend, a scholar by the name of Shri Chaitanya Dev, or Gauranga. As best friends Sri Nityananda shared the Hare Krishna Mahamantra with Shri Chaitanya Dev, along with our Hare Krishna song, dance and Baul sadhana. Baul is an oral tradition passed on through sanskrit, word of mouth, hearing and remembering, as in storytelling. An oral tradition is not like a book tradition. The books reside instead within our memory, alive in as much as we are. Much has been distorted by scholarly writers and by Vaishnava reformers. These writers and reformers never had a connection to the oral tradition or the roots of Baul. The way of the Baul is the way of the Rasa Lila Mystics, the original Hare Krishna singers and dancers in Bengal. Bauls accept all, feed all, even adopting those who are rejected by mainstream society. A Baul is never pedantic. We never say we are better or that Krishna is better than Shiva. Rather, we encourage people. We are not preachers who gather people for the sake of collecting devotees or
collecting money to build temples. Bauls want everybody to be a free bird, to reconnect to the divine within. Bauls speak of love and connectivity, but more importantly, they demonstrate these truths in their every interaction.
Shri Nityananda, being a Brahmin Lineage Baul when he met Chaitanya, was already dancing and singing the Mahamantra as his ancestors had been for almost 5,000 years. This song and dance organically and spontaneously flowed to Shri Chaitanya.  Now I see the Bauls have been removed from all stories regarding Sri Nityananda and Sri Chaitanya. They have been completely written out of Vaishnava history. I am also seeing Sri Nityananada being left out of the story by some modern writers stating Shri Chaitanya is the only father of modern day kirtan, but the Bauls carry on without these words, in song and action, as is our way.
Babu Kishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul is a Baul Guru, Master of, Indian Folk, Classical, and Bollywood music. He has produced, promoted, composed for all the top Bollywood Indian Cinema's musican's and singers. He is the first Baul to compose Fusion Music, receive a modern education with a BA in Indian Philosophy, MA in Indian Music, the first Baul to live in North America. As a Music Director, Composer, for Indian Cinema for 30 years, he has composed over 150 scores, produced 44 albums. A prolific writer, poet, and author of 3 books on Baul. He has been traveling the world promoting, teaching Lineage Baul for more than 40 years.He spent 12 years as a Vedic Monk with the Ramakrishna Order
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by Babu Kishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul and Trishula Sandra Das
Babu Kishan, is a lineage Baul, Baul and Sanskrit Scholar preserving
his Ancient Oral Living Lineage.