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Saturday, April 21, 2012

KD Babukishan - Osho - the Bauls of Bengal

                                    Babukishan - Osho - & The Bauls of Bengal

Babukishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul is a Vaishnava Baul from Birth born in the village of Suri Birbhum, W Bengal given at birth to his grandparents Nabani Das Kheppa Baul and Brajabala Dasi they named him Krishnendu now KD Babukishan.

Osho knew Babukishan personally because at the time he was working for CBS in Bombay and Osho wanted all his talks ect produced. Along came Babukishan the first Baul Osho had met. Osho did not know any other Bauls, but like most people he was deeply inspired by the Bauls of Bengal. Osho wrote 2 books on Bauls that are not completely accurate, but still in print today. In one of their many converstations Babukishan asked Osho to change the books to make them more accurate, Osho agreed and said he would but he passed away in 1990 at only the age of 58, before these books could be changed. Babukishan spent many, many hours with OSHO talking about the Bauls of Bengal and he produced most of the music and tapes that are for sale today.

The books on Baul Osho wrote are way too simplistic with many assumptions made about who and what the Bauls of Bengal are, you must remember Osho is not a Baul he is not from Bengal.

Osho said Bauls were not philosophers, that is not true they are the biggest of philosophers, they are poets and most Bauls are singing the poetry from this lineage the Lineage of Nabani Das Khyappa Baul or Lalon Fakir's poetry which nobody knew until this family went back to Bangladesh in the 1970's and recorded it thus Baul became associated with Lalon Fakir.

Manju Das, (Babu's birth mother) was from Bangladesh, her fatherJogesh Das was a Sanskrit Professor (With 3 Masters Degree's) at Dhakha University, in 1952 they had to flee for their lives because Jogesh Das spoke Bengali and Sanskrit and at the time Bangladesh was being Islamised by the Pakistani's and if you didn't speak Urdu you were either dead or you had to flee for your life. There were no Bauls in Bangladesh in those day or very few, there however, Dervish, Fakir, Sai,and Shah which somehow got lumped in as Baul but they are not they are all Sufi. Baul for thousand of years has been based on Indian Philosophy, they accepted all people who rejected by other groups including Sufi. and as Sufi and flowed into Bengal the rejected Sufi came to the Bauls they Bauls learned the juice of Sufi but that does not mean they became Sufi, this also happened with the Buddhist's as they flowed into Bengal the Bauls accepted the rejected people and embraced thier philosophical gems but again this does not mean Bauls are Buddhist. Bauls are based on the ancient Sanatana Dhrama of India, I do not like to use the term Hinduism as it is a religion and Baul is a Dharma not a religion, Bauls are Tantric Bhakti Yogi's and this lineage is based on Vaishnava. A Vaishnava based on pure love and respect not the kind that has incarnated to the West of abuse and name calling. Vaishnava Bauls are sweet and humbler that an blade of grass, they have survived the British, the Muslim invaders, disease, famine and now in 2012 are almost extinct because of modern society. Bauls talked about everybody, you will not necessarily find that with Sufi or other groups mostly they talk about Allah or their own God, The Bauls always accepted all, they are the original Peacemakers of the planet and have something to teach the world at this time. In 2005 UNESCO said, The Bauls are an Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible History of Humanity.

Many students at the University of Dhakka were killed during the 1952 student protests Wikipedia only mentions 4 there were many others including Jogesh Das's brother who was beheaded.

Baul is simple if you grew up with the Guru and spoke sanskrit, learning all the philosophy from birth it is really easy if you are from the lineage. It is a Guru parampara tradition, too many people write inaccuracies about he Bauls because Bauls do not give out information easily. Babukishan also knows most of the scholars who have written books about the Bauls and he himself has written 3 books about the Bauls back in the 1980's, the real Bauls are basically extinct they need accurate preservation not speculation and a rewriting of what is already inaccurately written.

This below statement made by Osho is accurate is some ways and in some ways if you take this literally it is totally inaccurate and over simplified. What Osho said regarding the Bauls of Bengal is just fluff he never knew any Bauls other than Babukishan and he had written the books before he met Babu and passed away before he could fulfill his promise to Babukshan to change the books.

Worldwide Copyright all rights reserved 2012 as this is all being written about and will be in our book "Baul Unplugged. The true story of The Bauls of Bengal written by a living lineage holder. by Babukishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul
"To be a Baul nothing is needed. In fact, the moment you need nothing, you become a Baul. The moment you are unburdened and you don't possess anything, any past, you are a Baul. No, things like that are never originated. Nobody creates them; they happen. They are part of nature.

Source - Osho Book "The Beloved, Vol 1"

Friday, April 20, 2012

Setting the Record straight.. A Baul song sang in Hindi for the first time. This is Babu's first film music in Hindi he had composed many times in Bengali since he was about 8 or 9 years of age.

Purna Das Baul did not score this, his eldest son Krishnendu Das aka Babukishan scored the music. On the movie cover it will state Krishnendu Das Baul on the album Babu gave his Dad's name out of Love and Respect to his parents as Purna Das wanted to be known as a Music Director. Babukishan  in fact composed this music and arranged the music. (Flute Chandakant Nandi, Dotara and Banjo by Paltan, Khol Babukishan, Percussion Manju Das Khamak and singing Purna Das, lyrics Niraj. Purna Das Baul was the best Baul singer ever.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Love and Prayers to the Great American Musician Levon Helm from KD Babukishan

 Sad News, 
"He rose to fame as a drummer and singer of The Band, known for hits like "The Weight" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down."
"Levon Helm passed peacefully this afternoon," said a message posted on his website on Thursday, April 19. "He was surrounded by family, friends and band mates and will be remembered by all he touched as a brilliant musician and a beautiful soul." May 26, 1940 ~ April 19, 2012

Levon Helm and Babukishan in Woodstock @ party for Babu's album Gypsy India and Al Aronowitz's book signing for Bob Dylan & The Beatles.... Levon telling eveybody Babu is the special guest... Babu played for them. Babukishan has known Levon Helm since the 1970's.

 Babu teaching Levon Indian Drums 2004 @ Levon's house in Woodstock.

Love you Levon.. Babukishan (Levon Helm and Babukishan @ Albert B Grossman's Studio in Woodstock)

Samarat Purna Das Baul with SitaRamDas Omkarnath

Sri Sitaram Das Omkarnath seated, watching a  Purna Das Baul concert in Calcutta.

Sitaram Das Omkarnath and Nabani Das Khyapa Baul were close, they were Guru Brothers and traveled many place through India. Omkarnath was a Guru to Purna Das Baul there were many difficult times during the British induced famines in the 1940's, when Nabani was away it was Omkarnath that told Purna Das Paul to start to sing on the trains. He was the first Baul to do this. As the eldest he did this to support his mother and his brothers and sister.

There are not many people who understand how difficult it was for people in Bengal in the 1940's and how it shaped the personalities of the future generations. 

Purna Das Baul is an extra ordinary singer. In his early days he was one of Indian's top vocalist to be the first who traveled outside of India. He has been awarded 3 President of India Awards, A prestigious one and only Nada Brahma Award, Padma Shri and many other awards. He has done more for Baul paving a road that never existed before. 

This is the one and only Lineage of Vaishnava Baul, there are other Vaishnava but there is only one Lineage of Baul and all other Bauls follow this lineage, they dress as this lineage, they sing their songs and call themselves Das Baul and Dasi. This lineage is from Ekachakra Birbhum Bengal.

All Bauls now try to copy and follow, even making contacts with the people who Babu Kishan and Purna Das Baul had contact with. Doing as Purna Das Baul does, dressing how he dresses but many also, criticize him for making money. I recently said, to someone... if you had attained success as a great vocalist such as the Beatles would you just give it away. Calcutta is known for a saying, 'riding on the coat tail of others' and that is what many of the new Bauls that came to Calcutta in the 1970's did, they called it fake it til you make it. You can not fake Baul it is impossible but yet they follow where this family goes and what they do. However, many have made up stories and lineages that never existed in Baul. They are now fundraising to preserve Baul, but Baul has been preserved by Babu Kishan aka Krishnendu Das decades ago, it has already been done. Stay tuned Babu Kishan will talk about all this.

Pave your own road on your own merit, do not complain, do not copy.

Sitaram Das Omkarnath with Purna Das Baul and his brother Lakshman Das Baul

Another thing most people do not know Sitaram Das Omkarnath was the person who brought Anadamayi Ma to the limelight, because in India in those days it was almost impossible for a women to come forward. There are many pictures of Sitaram Das Omkarnath and Anandamayi Ma together.

A young Purna Das, looking over  SitaRam Das Omkarnath's shoulder.

One of the last photo's of SitaRam Das Omkarnath in Puri Orrisa, Photo taken by Babu Kishan.
Babu Kishan spent a lot of time with Sri Omkarnath and traveled through India with him, he was traveling here with him on one of his last trips. He was like a Grandpa Guru, part of their family.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Babukishan's video of his Father, Mother his Aunt Radharani Das, Uncle Chakra Das Baul and Laxshman Das Baul for the early 1980"s

This is a video of a Concert that Babukishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul arranged at Rabindra Sadan in Calcutta. 

He arranged the concert in honor of his Grandfather Nabani Das Khyappa Baul. This is Babukishan's video as he is the one who recorded it for the preservation of The Bauls of Bengal to bring his family together. 

His father Purna Das Baul is singing, along with his 2 uncles, his aunt Radharani Dasi is sitting on the floor in a white Sari singing and at the far end his mother Manju Dasi is playing the Harmonium and singing. 

Babukishan has an extensive library of rare recordings that he had stored in his home in Calcutta, it was surprising to see this video uploaded without his consent to this Youtube page?  

This video is the intellectual and creative property of Babukishan.

Response: as to why KD Babukishan's video was posted.... and they are absolutely right. "We just uploaded it because I’m sick and tired of seeing so many clips of people who call themselves “Bauls.” Purna Das is great, and I did not see any clips of him that show how great his is. In fact, some of them make him look old and haggard. Baba is beautiful and great – so, that’s why I put up the clip." Jai Ma all Ok

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Baul History.. Soul singers, Mahalia Jackson and The Bauls of Bengal ..Samarat Purna Das and Manju Dasi Baul


Mahalia Jackson loved Purna Dasji Baul, (Babukishan's Dad) she was a vistor at their house in Kolkata. Mahalia Jackson was  a famous American soul singer, Baul Samarat (king of Bauls) Purna Das a famous Indian soul singer from Bengal. Purna Das is a legendary Baul singer and Indian Vocalist no Baul before or after has achieved what Purna Das has now almost 80 years old he has traveled the world for almost 70 years, he is the first to do what many Bauls today are trying to do. He has played on the biggest stages around the world and is highly awarded singer.

He is a classical Baul singer and most of his music was composed by Babukishan starting when Babu was 9 years old. Babu says his house was always filled with the who is who of legendary India and guests from around the world.

No Baul to this day can sing like Purna Das, however,  they sing the songs of his lineage, they dress like Purna Das who created his own style. I have read on the internet that the Bauls sang with Mahalia Jackson, only Purna Das has please use his name no other Baul sang with Mahalia Jackson.

I have read the Bauls are associated with Bob Dylan, The Beattles, The Rolling Stones, Allen Ginsberg and in actual fact it is only this family who has associated or sang with these people.. But somehow they leave this out and new Bauls singers claim this history with out mentioning Purna Das Baul???  They sing the songs from this lineage most writen by Nabani Das Baul or Babukishan and acestors without mentioning the authors or poets, when you see a poem by Rumi or any other Poet out of respect the name of the author is mentioned?? 

What most people do not know is that "The Bauls of Bengal" is the name of the group that traveled with Baul Samarat Purna Das, the groups name created by Purna Das when he first came to the USA to live at Bob Dylans back in the late 60's. "The Bauls of Bengal"  were called Vaishnava Bauls or Gosai Das Baul and Gosai Dasi Baul previous to Purna Das calling his group of traveling Bauls, "The Bauls of Bengal". He is the first Bauls to sing on the trains in India, the first Baul to travel outside of India. He is the first Indian Vocalist to travel outside of India starting in the 1950's.

When Bhaktivedanata Prabupada first came to New York, Purna Das Baul and his younger brother Laxshman Das Baul sang for Prabupada in Central Park. Prabupada knew them personally he knew they were direct descendants of Sri Nitai and he knew they were the original Hare Krishna singers of Bengal, he knew they were the Das and Dasi but was ambitious and chose to give their names and their story away to promote Krishna Consciousness to the world, he also chose to tell all of his disciple not to talk to his very own God brothers at Gaudiya Math telling them they were all jealous of hiim???. He also knew Purna's father "Nabani Das Baul" and Purna's father inlaw Jogesh Das who was a good friend of Prabupada's from back in Calcutta. When we get back to Calcutta we have pictures of this history and will put them together, it seems a picture in todays world says a million words.

For at least 30 years this family sang for Krishna at Iskcon temples around the world, they were used as a fundraising attraction for the temples. However, through my research I have come across very ApaVasihnava behavior now of disrespect and name calling starting from the leaders before Prabupada now printed and spread all over the internet the blatant putting down of the Bauls and name calling.

This is the lineage of Vaishnava Baul of Sri Nityananada of Ekkchakra Bengal India.

Nabani Das Baul (his father) was his Guru of course but in a Bauls lifetime they have other Guru's and one other being Sri Sitaram Das Omkarnath (he was a great Sadhu friend of Nabani Das Baul) whom Babu also loved and recieved many blessings from. It was Sitaram Das Omkarnath who encourage Purna Das to travel on the trains and sing for dakshina as at the time there was a famine in Bengal he used the money to feed his brothers and sisters.

Mahalia Jackson, Amala Shankar a great Nataraja Dancer and wife of Legendary Indian Dancer Uday Shankar .. Ravi Shankar's brother
Uday Shankar was the pioneer of Indian Dance who first brought Indian dance and his brother Ravi Shankar to the west.

Pruna Das his wife Manju Das (the first Baul women to travel the world.. Mahalia Jackson and her assistant at Baul Samarat Purna Das Bauls house in Calcutta in the late 60's early 70's ?