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Friday, September 30, 2011

The Roots of Baul come from India!! Not Persian, Not Uzebekistan????? Not Canada or the Usa??

Sri Nabani Das Khyappa Baul on the cover the first ablum made in the USA with Purna Das Baul and others in his group.
The Vaishnava Bauls of Bengal have been around for thousands of years since the start of the story. They are the oldest group of Vaishnavism in Bengal. They have been singing the Hare Krishna Mahamantra for thousands of years before Sri Nityananda in the 1500's started the revival of Vaishnavism along with his best friend Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabu. Nityananda was a Baul and his "oral" tradition of singing and dancing as spiritual messengers from village to village were easily passed onto his best friend Sri Chaitanya.

In my research I have read Bauls originate from Persia?? This is not true, perhaps something else originated from Persia (today called Iran) but not the Bauls. Baul is a sanskrit word and they originate from India.They are sanskrit scholars, poets, Indian philosophers, perhaps the new Baul singers are not but the Bauls were for thousands or years previous to this. I have heard they originate from Uzbekistan??? I won't even comment on that one.. and I have heard Bauls are from Bangladesh, which also is wrong, why because Babukishan and family traveled to Bangladesh in the early 70's and there were no Bauls there, perhaps a few but all they were singing was Lalon Fakir songs. Babukishan's  mother Manju Dasi being from Bangladesh was the first person to start to preserve Lalon Fakir songs before this no one cared, today preserving Lalon Fakir songs has become multi-million dollar business of creating stories that Baul is from Bangldesh and is of sufi origins to collect money from UNESCO. ?? It is "Kali Yuga" what is real is seen as unreal and what is unreal is seen as real for the sake of money. Please do not destroy the history of the Vaishnava Bauls for the sake of fame or money, the Bauls are ancient and deserve to have their lineage preserved as acurately as possible.

It was Nabani Das Baul who had a long and lasting association with Rabindranath Tagore and Nabani Das Khyappa Baul was Allen Ginsberg's Guru, he may have written a song about Lalon Fakir but he never met Lalon Fakir. It was Nabani Das Khyeppa Baul who was associated with Allen Ginsberg, Rabindranath Tagore along with other poets, authors ect.. It was Nabani Das Khyappa Baul who was Indira Gandhi's dance teacher at Vishwabharti University. It was Nabani Das Baul who taught at Vishwabharti... and it was Indira's father Nehru who aske Nabani Das Baul to sing at all the inagural ceremonies of India.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Montreal Symposium Baul, Bollywood, Fusion Music

Montreal Gazette reviews.. "Babukishan in Montreal Quebec Canada"


Some shows you just know are going to be worth checking out. A Bollywood soundtrack maestro playing the intimate Casa del Popolo during Pop Montreal is a no-brainer, and Babu Kishan Das Baul did not disappoint, Sunday night. Bauls are “a group of non-denominational mystic minstrels from the Bengal region of India,” according to the Pop programme, and their lineage dates back centuries. 25/

Some shows you just know are going to be worth checking out. A Bollywood soundtrack maestro playing the intimate Casa del Popolo during Pop Montreal is a no-brainer, and Babukishan Das Baul did not disappoint, Sunday night. Bauls are “a group of non-denominational mystic minstrels from the Bengal region of India,” according to the Pop programme, and their lineage dates back centuries. 

With over 60 albums and 150 film scores to his credit, not to mention having performed, toured and/or collaborated with Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, Ravi Shankar and Miles Davis, Babukishan brought an impressive pedigree to the stage. In a characteristically classic example of initiative, Pop Montreal director Dan Seligman explained how he had bought one of the singer’s albums a while back, recently tracked him down on the web – living in Vancouver – and invited him to play at the fest. 

Aside from his appearance Sunday night, Babukishan gave an afternoon workshop (Baulin’ With Babu) and performed at the Sacred Sunday variety show put on by Patrick Watson (who is reportedly interested in working with him).

For his Casa set, he was backed by a makeshift Montreal combo including experimental/worldbeat percussionist Will Eizlini (Shalabi Effect) and singer-songwriter-banjoist Lisa Gamble (recruited from the crowd to play a traditional one-string instrument called the Ektara, which she had never touched in her life). The two were later joined by a guy on tambourine and a woman on keyboards. 

Together they provided a spare but evocative background for Babukishan to sing and add his own percussive elements. He has a rich, husky voice that evokes other worlds and eras. Not content to have the audience seated (on the floor) and paying utmost attention, after a few songs he asked everyone to get up and dance. But what could have been a bad idea highlighting the majority of the crowd’s embarassing hipster whiteness (though there was a small contingent of Bengali music fans in the room) somehow turned into a dynamic, interactive, cross-cultural/generational musical exchange. 

Two songs later, people were chanting along to “Hare Krishna!” (I kid you not), as Babukishan encouraged all to “close your eyes, move your body.” And it wasn’t weird or pretentious or cheesy! The man had a powerful yet utterly unpretentious presence that brought everyone into his world, carrying us along on a most unique and enjoyable ride. A fest highlight; let’s have him back.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Raikamal film clip with a Baul kirtan from this lineage.. along with actor being Nabani Das Baul


This is a film about Nabani Das Bauls life the writer of this film is 'Tara Shankar' who spent years with Nabani Das ... The song this actor is singing is written by Nabani Das Baul. The actor was Nabani Das's friend Nitish Muke...rjee who played the part, he spent month learning from Nabani to play this part.. Nabani never like acting ect.. This movie is from an novel Bok Babaji about Nabani Das Baul..in Bengali it was never translated into english..

The cult of kirtan maybe was popularized by Sri Chaitanya but he got the cult of kritan from Sri Nityananda as Nitai was a Baul and they had been singing kirtan and Baul songs for thousands of years. Chaitanya was a scholar and best friend ...of Nitai and the Hare Krishna mahamantra, kirtan ect naturally flowed to his best friend Chaitanya.. this has been written out of history .... and this needs to be told, it is from the oral tradition not a book tradition of personal opinions based on gathering devotee's and selling books. Jai Nitai..

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Statue of Nabani Das Khyappa Baul, he was the Baul who inspired Rabindranath Tagore.

Statue was commission by Rabindranath Tagore in honour of Nabani Das Khyapa Baul his Baul Guru.
Statues were created by Ram Kinkar Baij who was a great friend of Tagore's and Nabani's.


Brajabala Dasi (the beloved wife and Baul Guru to Women) and a Statue of her husband Sri Nabani Das Khyappa Baul

Nabani Das Baul is the Baul who inspired and initiated  Rabindranath Tagore into Baul, Nabani gave Tagore the name Ravi (Robi) Baul and Tagore gave Nabani 2 names "Mirror of the Sky" and the other was 'Khyapa Baul' Nabani is the was and is the only "Khyapa Baul" the villagers all knew this, today everybody is calling themselves Khyapa Baul self named.

There is only one Khyapa Baul and that is Nabani Das Khyapa Baul a Baul Tantric and Avadhuta.

This statue can be viewed in front of the Agricultural department Krishi Bhavan at Vishva Bharti University, in Santiniketan, it is a symbol of the rural culture of Bengal. Vishava Bharti is the University Tagore created.

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Radharani Dasi Baul and her husband Gopal Das Baul

"The first Dotara used by authentic Lineage Bauls in India 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 heavenly gift.)

 Gopal Das Baul who was a disciple of Nabani Das Khyeppa Baul, Nabani said, Gopal of all my students you are the best, what can I do for you. Gopal said, "I want to marry your daughter, Radharani, please allow me to be in your family and take care of Radharani all her life."

Gopal Das was pure Vaishnava, a true sadhaka and a disciple who was true.

Radharani Dasi Baul was the first official Baul women to record on,  "All India Radio" but she was very shy and after she recorded a few songs she never returned. Bauls are not about collecting students and building temples they are rare and very authentic innocents in this world. In the 1960's a movie called Raikamal was made about Radharani's life, written by one of Bengals top writers, "Tara Shankar."

In 1985 a movie called Togori was also made about Radharani's life, Babukishan was fully involved in this movie right down to the design of the dress that the actress playing Radharani would wear.

 A very historic family Lineage of Bauls.from thousands of years back singing the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra in Bengal from the beginning of the story, way before Gaudiya Vaishnavism or the Bauls ancestor Sri Nityananda also know as Nitai.

When Nitai met his best friend at the time Sri Chaitanya his oral ancestoral way of living and singing naturally flowed into Sri Chaitanya, the stories are in the oral tradition so much of the modern cults coming out of Gaudiya have been repeating the same made up stories over and over.

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."

Both now deceased, Baul is becoming extinct, and distorted, the lineage and all it's rasa is almost gone.
Jai Bangla Baul of India.

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A rare photo of Babukishan's Grandfather, his Guru and beloved "Baul Saint" Sri Nabani Das Khyeppa Baul the Baul who inspired Rabindranath Tagore, scholars, poets, authors, Bauls in Bengal others India and abroad in the 1900's.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Purna Das Baul not your regular Baul!

With the invention of "Youtube" we are now able to see some Baul singers. Purna Das Baul is a lineage Baul and Pioneer of Bauls who has achieved international success. He is Baul Samarat (King of the Bauls) and the first Indian vocalist to travel outside of India starting in the 1950's. He is almost 80 years old and still very popular in India. He is the Baul that Bauls aspire to be like, they dress like him, try to sing like him, they followed his father Nabani Das Khyeppa Baul, and his sister Radharani Dasi and now his son Babukishan who is the first Baul to do Baul fusion music, become a music composer, the first Baul to Tollywood, to Bollywood, to Hollywood in Film and music. Everyday more Bauls are trying and doing Baul fusion and even singing in some movies. Just like his grandfather, and father Babukishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul has achieved an unlimited amount of milestones as a Baul. He is the first and only Baul to live in North America. He is the first Baul to be a monk in the Ramakrishna order, the first Baul to be educated with a BA in Indian Philosophy and MA in Indian Music. Although don't get me wrong real authentic Bauls spoke sanskrit in the oral tradition and in some way the real Bauls were way more educated than any western form of education because everything, all Indian Philosophy, all the stories of Krishna and Radha, Ram and Sita and Yoga were remembered by word of mouth. They are idigenous Bengali people not tribal but indigenous Indians who lived a Vaishnava lifestyle since the beginning of the story going back thousands of years.