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.