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Monday, August 29, 2011

Scholars only speculate about Baul!!

Scholars are just that scholars, they are paid to do a thesis by way of grants from some source. Bauls are the only authority about who they are, not scholars and you must make sure that who you are talking to is actually a Baul. This is one of the biggest tales coming out of the Western Scholar circle. It is repeated over and over, the funny thing these scholars all stick together and confer with each other. Vaishnava Bauls do not focus on this ingesting mentral blood, some Tantrics who partake in these tantric practices do but not the traditional Vaishnava Bauls this I know is a fact.

They say,"Ingesting menstrual blood is the focal point of Vaishnava Baul ideology, a tradition sustained by means of recruitment. Yet many converts continue to reside in their natal village, thus maintaining daily contact with their kin and neighbors. This fact has been insufficiently emphasized"??? This is not true.

"The traditional Vaishnava Bauls are not sustained by way of recruitment," this is also is not true. 

Baul is an oral tradition that was passed word of mouth between from father to son, and mother to daughter within family blood lines. They accepted everybody but to be a Baul you would have spent at least 12 years with your Guru a family member learning sanskrit and in sadhana. 

Baul is almost extinct this is misleading scholarship. There are very few Bauls left in this world.

Again they state,
This fact has been insufficiently empahsized (of ingesting mentral blood)" because it is not true.

It is true Bauls do not follow rules and regulations and they are not orthodox in the traditional sense but what that means is they are spontaneous, natural and they have a tradition, I have explained that Bauls are not beginners, they already know the rules of Yoga, so they do not follow the rules of the beginners hearing Indian philosophy for the first time.

There perhaps are some people who were associated witht the Bauls or are new Baul singer who emphasize this. This is definetly not a focual point of Vaishnava Baul, what this is is a great way to sell a book, to make money off the Bauls again a way to create some kind of attraction, a way to attract the curious, again this is not the emphasis of what the Bauls are.

Vaishnava Baul is an incredibly beautiful oral tradition, why not write about this beauty, the love. There are  maybe only a few real Bauls left who can pass on the tradition and preserve what is left of the magic. 

"Ingesting menstrual blood is the focal point of Vaishnava Baul ideology, a tradition sustained by means of recruitment. Yet many converts continue to reside in their natal village, thus maintaining daily contact with their kin and neighbors. This fact has been insufficiently emphasized. Instead, previous accounts have tended to describe the adherents as marginal wanderers, "renouncers," opposed to society at large (Capwell 1974; Dimock 1989; Salomon 1995:187)." Again NO this is not the focial point,neither is recruitment, Bauls never recruit anybody, if they did they would not be on the verge of extinction.

Bauls do not beg, if they do they are not a Baul, Bauls are were given Dakshina, they were the spiritual newspapser before the newspaper... Bauls are not beggars, perhaps new Bauls singers are But not authentic tradition Vaishnava Bauls. They are beggars only for God/dess.

Railway station singing is a new phenomena, Purna Das Bauls was the first Bauls to start this if other have followed it is new, Baul is ancient going back thousands of years. Baul caste is not that of the untouchables.. leatherworkers, they were farmers, they are Jat Gosai. Please understand what you are seeing today is not what it had been for the past thousands of years. In the past 30 years the Bauls have become extinct, only the ones who hold the oral tradition within them know what Baul is. There are many people calling themselves Baul who beg but this is not Baul. Vaishnava Bauls have never been leatherworkers, if you know the culture of Bengal you would Bauls are never, ever leatherworkers. These people may call themselves Baul but Vaishnava Baul never does leatherwork.

This is another piece of mixed up scholarship, patchy work, copy and pasted and then copyrighted.  I know it is all well menaing but the Bauls have been used by scholars, record producers,  movie makers, by religious groups for fundraising. The whole culture has been stolen and revamped and relabled and twisted. Babukishan knows this all to well, the last scholar mentioned in the list of scholars above, God rest her soul, used Babu by getting him to sign grant papers, ect.. and then cut him out and used some so called new Baul singers.  

Monday, August 22, 2011

Happy Janamastami, Happy Birthday Krishna


Jai Sri Krishna! To the Lineage Bauls Krishna and Radha are very important as they live in their hearts. It is Krishna's birthday, this Baul Kirtan was writen by Nabani Das Khyeppa Baul, the singer is his "World renowned Music Composer multi talented musical genius" Grandson Babukishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul. Jai Sri Krishna, Hare Krishna, Hari Bol

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Baul History traveling oversea's

1985 San Francisco, California


A little bit of Baul history as told by Al Aronowitz who was the father of Rock Journalism in New York City.

1985 "Purna and his family arrived in the States this trip on September 23 to tour with world-renown sitarists Ravi Shankar and Aly Akbar Khan in an Indian music festival that'd camped in L.A., San Francisco, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, Chicago and New York. It was Allen Ginsberg who'd reminded Purna to look me up when he got to New York. The first time Purna phones me, he stands me up. That's OK. The language barrier. Finally we zero in on each other. First Babu scouts me and then they pick me up and take me to the gig."

Babukishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul, his father Purna Das Baul, and mother Manju Das Baul did many, many world tours with the best of the East and the West. They were a magic trio and super talented musicians. Purna Das Baul was the first Indian voclaist to travel worldwide outside of India. They are all highly regarded, multi award winning. Babukishan for his musical compositions in Bengal, and the Indian Cinema, Purna Das Baul the best Baul singer ever, and Manju as a vocalist and Harmonium player.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Baul Mystic Love Bird (Baul Fusion) by Babu Kishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul


This is a Baul fusion style song. In the video you will see pictures of Babukishan's family home in Kolkata, the temple in Shantiniketan where there is a Statue of Nabani Das Khyeppa Baul, Babu's grandfather. The statue was commissioned by Rabindranath Tagore. There is a picture of the statue and the second picture is of Babu standing with the statue. There are photos of his Baul family temple, the alter, tulsi, and his grandparents samadhi. There is a photo of Babu with the Tara Pith Temple peopl from 2007 , photos of Dakinashwar Temple in Kolkata, Babu was a monk for 12 years in the Ramakrishna order. There is also a rare photo of Kali Ma and Lord Shani from a temple in Bengal. This really gives a good depiction of Baul and Bengal. There is no Baul without Bengal, they are from the soil and soul of Bengal and there is no Bengal without the Bauls the two go hand in hand.

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Dotara was used for the first time as a Baul instrument in the 1940's.

DOTARA - a folk instrument much like it's classical cousin, the sarode, and not unlike it's western relative, the fretless banjo. Plucked with a coconut shell pick, the strings are depressed with the fingernails of the left hand, rather than the finger pads as in a guitar or violin. the finger nail becomes like the slide on a slide guitar. 

My dotar has an electric pickup built into the bridge, which is normally made of elephant teeth, I am the first Baul to do fusion music, then I made an electric mandolin, and added more instruments.


"The first Dotara used by Bauls was by Gopal Das Baul in the early 1940's he was the husband of Radharani Dasi Baul ( Babu's aunt who was the biggest most famous Baul women for her revolutionary firsts as a Baul women, she was a sweet magical Baulini with a voice that is a gift.)  

Gopal Das Baul was the disciple of Nabani Das Baul.

 This is where this one and only LINEAGE of Vaishnava Baul is from, they are from Ekachakra and ancestors of Nitai (Nityanada who was the elder best friend of Sri Chaitanya.


Nabani asked what Gopal wanted because he was such a wonderful student, of all my students you are the best, and Gopal said I want to marry your daughter, Radharani, he said allow me to be in your family and take care of Radharani all my life. Gopal Das was pure Vaishnava, a true sadhaka.

Radharani as the first official Baul Women to record for all India Radio... In 1960's there was movie call Raikamal made about Radharani's life, wrote by one of Bengali's top writers, Tara Shankar. In 1985 a movie called Togori was also made about Radharani's life. 

A very historic family Lineage of Bauls.

Gopal Das was the son of the Ekchakra Nityananda Temple, and he was a great sweet maker. "Nityananda Mahaprabu was a Baul and from this lineage, he was an Avadhuta Baul, this lineage has been hijacked over and over, most recently by naval fake Bauls."

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Bauls of Bengal in Australia 1973

Rainbow Dreaming  
The Bauls of Bengal

The Bauls of Bengal with John Allen, Aquarius Festival, Nimbin, 1973 
Image: © Darcy McFadden/Northern Star

A Glimpse of a Dream

“Between the existent
and the non-existent
the space is love...”
Baul song

All those of us who have lived through the sixties have caught the glimpse of a dream. It was inescapable. The Beatles sang it; rock music and films explored it in a thousand ways.

The dream was everywhere and the dream was simple – love your brother, discover yourself and lower the barriers. Stop playing games, see through the roles and realise that you are all one with another.

Then came the seventies. If the sixties were the decade of the dream, the seventies were to become the decade of disillusion. After all the explosion, the personal glimpses of a new way, of a new life on the planet, what were we left with? Still the Vietnam war lingers on. The great majority continued in their jobs by day, nurtured by the opiate of television in the evenings. . .
But the dream continued - often underground, often damaged and wounded, sometimes nostalgic, sometimes ridiculed. But the dream continued. What else could it do? Once a whole generation has glimpsed, if only for a moment, the promise of salvation, it must follow that glimpse for the rest of its life.

It is for these reasons that the May 1973 Aquarius Festival is important to me and to many others. Our lives are largely determined by the mythology we create...There is something wrong with the mythology of the dollar. We badly need a new mythology.

What is this mythology? It is a simple one: 5,000 people can meet together without violence, without destruction, in peace and in love. If 5,000 people come as tribes, prepared to combine to build their own structures to live in, to feed themselves, to explore their creativity in theatre and music, we will have a festival the way they should have been from the beginning. If we all create this mythology, if you believe it and tell your brother and spread the word, it will happen. “Mankind’s future”, says Bucky Fuller, “is whatever man chooses to make it”. The energy of 5,000 people is almost unlimited. Between us, really working together, we can achieve anything.

The only limitation on reality is our imagination. It is up to us to choose whether the dream is to be lost until a more courageous generation is ready for it, or whether we ourselves can participate in the dream.

Festivals are about dreaming...

Johnny Allen, Director, Aquarius Foundation,
Australian Union of Students, 1973
John Allen in 1973 Australia with Purna Das Baul and his wife Manju Das, Far right Bhakto Das Baul a T series Baul singer. Nabin Koyal, Jiban Mondol long time associated with Purna Das Baul and Manju Das. Jiban played in Bauls of Bengal in 1967 they have been associated with Purna Das Baul for 40/50 years. Nabin Koyal is one of Bengals top devotional singers. These Bauls and singers have been so devoted to Baul.

Purna Das Baul and group including Babukishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul in Shantiniketan Pous Mela, Purna Das Baul was always the biggest attraction. The Pous Mela was created in honour of Nabani Das Baul by Rabindranath Tagore. What is going on at the Pous Mela today is not what is was meant to be it is completely ruined, the originality it totally gone. Purna Das and group do not show up anymore, and probably other original Baul do not show up because it has become something different.. The days of the orginal are gone.
Manju Dasi, you can call her legendary, she was the first Women Baul to travel over seas starting in the early 60's and unlimited times around the world. She is what legends are made of, she played on the biggest stages around the world.

This is a picture of Nabani Das Khyeppa Baul on the cover of The Bauls at Big Pink a recording made in 1967 @ Woodstock New York, with Purna Das Baul and group. 

This is the picture of a Lineage Baul a "Vaishnava Baul" from Birbhum Bengal India. Nabani Das Baul was a Baul saint who wrote an unlimited amount of Baul poetry, he inspired Rabindranath Tagore. 

This picture was taken by Rabindranath Tagore himself. 

All Bauls follow this lineage, they dress as they dress, they follow them around the world, they sing their songs.

Manju Dasi the first and only Baul women to travel the world, Babukishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul and Purna Das Baul.

Brajabala Dasi Babukishan's beloved Grandmother, a Baul women of the highest. She is a legendary Baul women, a lineage Baul and probably one of the last great women Bauls to walk this earth.  She was Nabani Das Bauls wife and mother to Purna Das Baul.
                                   Young Purna Das Baul and his father Nabani Das Baul

Friday, August 12, 2011

Hansraj - 1976 Film of the Life of Purna Das Baul, Babukishan's father.

Note. they are dressed 60's style but it was more like the 1940's, this is a movie about Purna Das Bauls life coming to Kolkata at a very early age, his struggles and bringing Baul out of the village to the world.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=VHG-ltOThgY Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBiNmODITWY&feature=relmfu  Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGb84Ce0Zws Part 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiwKgav-psY   Part 4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3oZY9b6sCs&feature=related Part 5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wlSC8wUkuk&feature=relmfu Part 6
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TayGbs3gJ7c&feature=relmfu Part 7
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYXou91hbdc&feature=relmfu Part 8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dARtRxVugII&feature=relmfu Part 9
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wlSC8wUkuk&feature=relmfu Part 10
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUSMD4uoop0&feature=relmfu Part 11
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYvnwMifEyM&feature=related   Part 12 

There is a film called Tagori 1986, about BabuKishan's aunt, Radharani Dasi. Babukishan was involved in both movies.. This is the oldest living lineage of Baul, there is no comparison with any of the new Bauls who are making up stories about lineages ect.. these made up lineage do not exist it is all story. They are singing songs from this lineage,  therefore they come from this lineage or they are singing Bangladeshi folk songs, and that is not Baul.

Why I say this is because the Bauls dress like this lineage, they sing the songs of this lineage, to make up stories on Baul at this point is a ruining a tradition that is almost extinct. There were so many people wandering around Bengal and they all were lumped together as Baul and this is not so. Baul is different from Fakir, Sai, Aula, Shah, Dervish??? Baul is Das Baul, Dasi Baul and anybody with the name Das Baul comes out of this lineage, Das and Dasi are Vaishnava. They are not Fakir, Sai, Aula, or Dervish those are Sufi... Baul accepts Sufi not the other way around, sufi does not necessarily accept Baul. Sufi is Sufi... Baul is Baul... 

A Baul accepts everybody, it is not necessarily so with Sufi, you do not often see a Sufi singing songs of Krishna and Radha talking about Krishna and Radha and Hinduism but you will see a Baul talking about Sufi, Christianity, Buddhism... Baul is based on Indian Philosophy, not Islam, it is based on the Bhagavad Gita.. and is as old as the Bhagavad Gita.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Mirror of the SKY, Nabani Das Khyapa Baul and Deben Battacharya,

Baul Saint 'Nabani Das Khyapa Baul' was a renowned Baul of the "only" oldest living lineage of Baul. All Bauls follow this lineage, this lineage does not follow anybody.Today all Bauls sing his songs but do not even know who Nabani is, they copy everything this lineage does, if they go somewhere, the new Nakal Bauls will even follow, there has even been cases where an events or events have been booked and some Nakal fake baul will come along and under cut and say they can sing for less but they are not even Bauls, they follow, copy. It is sad to see Bauls making up stories of lineages and making Baul about neo tantra and smoking ganja, collecting women and cheating people. 

Baul is ancient they were the original Hare Krishna singers and dancers in West Bengal India. Baul comes from the soul there is no acting. 

One example Nabani Das Khyapa Baul obviously was a very good and deep friend of Deben Bhattacharya and they are friends of Babu's family, there is no reason for an outsider Baul to contact Deben or his family? Then they write about him as if he is their friend without giving any background. This is what they the Nakal Bauls do, they follow and culturally appropriate, these are the Make it til you fake it Bauls. I could mention names but I will leave this for Babu Kishan's book.

Babukishan has spent his life Archiving Baul including Nabani Das Baul songs and songs of the ancestors of this lineage to keep Baul in a context and to stop some of this nonsense of making up lineages and then behind the back singing songs from this lineage? 

Deben Battacharya and Baul Saint Nabani Das Khyeppa Baul were great friends. Deben Bhattacharya wrote a great article in the London Times 'NABANI DAS KHYAPA BAUL A MILESTONE of BAUL of BENGAL' early 1940's, he also wrote a small book on Nabani Das Baul, which has some inaccuracies in it.. especially the death of Nabani Das Baul.. it is a very simple book.

Baul songs are not folk songs, the term folk song became associated with Baul because the Bauls did not understand english and it was the easiest way to describe Baul to a foreigner or outsider, someone who is from outside the tradition. However, this does not mean a Baul can not sing Folk songs, or any songs, a Baul should display some kind of genius, whatever that may be.

Now Bauls have learned english and people have a greater understanding of yoga, so it is not necesssary to describe them as folk singer, they are sadhaka's and spiritual singer of the highest of Indian Philosophies.

When Nabani Das Baul introduced Baul to India there was only "one" lineage. He sang all over India as Nehru's singer during the Freedom Movement in India, Nabani's songs like a pied piper would draw the crowds before the speeches, this is the essence of Baul drawing people together, Babu Kishan along with his Father Purna Das Baul and mother Manju Dasi did this hundreds of times all over India for Indira Gandhi, Sanjay and Rajiv Gandhi. 
Today new lineages are born with their new stories of new teachers, sometimes they will give their teachers name and it usually is not a Baul or it was someone who associated with this lineage and perhaps does not want to be associated anymore so they make up stories or even perhaps they want to create something new. 

Lineage is only over a very long period of time, it is not one or two generations.

Yet they are still singing the song of this lineage but with no acknowledgment of where they got the information from or who wrote the songs, everything has to come from somewhere, don't sing songs from this lineage then make up new lineage this is not in alignment with the soul. Bauls are indigenous to Birbhum and it is a complete cultural appropriation, a watering down, dumbing down, and reducing Baul to extinction. 

Bauls are soul singers, Bhakti Yogi's the Vaishnava Bauls or Birbhum are Tantric Bauls.