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Monday, July 9, 2012

Gurduri, The Baul Dress ! Designed by Babu Kishan ! https://lineagebaul.blogspot.com/2021/08/in-1970s-babu-kishan-designed-guduri.html



"Baul Dress (GUDURI designed only by Babu Kishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul in 1970's.


Before the MID 1970's, no Bauls wore this dress, they all followed this dress because all Bauls always followed 'Purna Das Baul' and before him his father 'Nabani Das Khyapa Baul', there are no mistakes here.

There are so many sweet hearted village Bengali's that follow Baul, so innocent and we have loved them to follow us, this is to clear up some of the people who are changing the narrative and making up stories for a long time now. When the lineage holder is away, the younger people have not got a clue and if it looks exotic it must be real, duping westerners is not cool.

Babu has always encouraged and supported other, that is why he recorded, preserved and encouraged all to follow Baul. He just did not expect what is going on today, with a few ruining it for everybody making up lineages, stories and using every thing from his lineage but taking his name off.

BABU KISHAN'S DESIGN - film and for his Dad's travels around the world. Purna Das Baul had been traveling world wide since the 1950's and all over India as a state Singer for Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi. Nabani Das Khyapa Baul was a state singer for Nehru during the freedom Movement. It works like this, this lineage are the pied pipers of gathering people through their song and Vaishnava Baul Kirtan."

"When a Baul singer says, or records songs, 'by Baul Masters', it means they don't know who wrote the songs, purposely cutting the names of the poets off the songs, or ignorantly covering and playing innocent.

This is Cultural Appropriation. I know Babu Kishan knows all the names of who wrote what Baul lyrics, who recorded the Baul song and the name of the poet.

Cutting names off and using a random cover name like "Baul Master" is cultural misappropriation especially when you follow this lineage "Ektara, Baya, Nupoor, but make up a different lineage.

Baul believes in the Human, they always named their poets. Do some deep life long research and name the poets, do not randomize, water down and reduce Baul history or herstory - or the Human Baul poet who has a name, by just saying "a Baul Master"?

All - Das Baul or Dasi - are this lineage if you see any "DAS BAUL" he follows this lineage and they should know who's songs they sing."


"The Guduri designed ONLY by Babu Kishan aka Krishnendu Das"

Babu created this dress for his dad because in his mind he wanted to preserve Baul and while they were attending all the festival, concert hall, and doing lectures this dress would draw to what Baul was a multi coloured lineage.

Most Baul performers are wearing this dress today without even knowing who the mastermind behind it? Babu kishan aka Krishnendu Das the eldest grandson of Nabani Das Khyapa Baul and son ELDEST son of Purna Das Baul is the creator. 

He would go around to all the tailors and collect bright colours and his mother Manju Das would sew them together by hand creating this bright Baul costume.

The patchwork Baul dress is called a Guduri it was created and designed by Babu Kishan in the 1970’s as an attractive dress for his father Purna Das Baul while he performed around the world. 

This style of dress, appeared on record covers, magazine covers and festivals around the world. 

Babu Kishan created this multi-coloured patchwork dress as a symbol of Unity for all and world peace. 

The Gurduri is a symbol of no caste, creed or separate divisive religions as a symbol for humanity, we are different but the one in unity as human beings. 

There is a beauty in our differences. Respect all.

If you see any Bauls wearing this colourful dress they most certainly follow this lineage, whether they or not they say or not and they know as they all copy this lineage. In the past decade internet has created a show and many participating in this show have created new fake lineages, that never existed before. To this day they all follow this one and only lineage, they follow their dress, songs, following them around the world to exact place and people.

This patchwork Gurduri has alway be worn by Babu’s father Purna Das Baul all who perform with him. Now you know the history and herstory of this colourful dress. 

Another note, if you see any Baul singing Ektara, Baya (little drum) around their wast with Nupoor a metal style bells around their feet, they are copying Nabani Das Khyapa Baul as he is the first and only Baul ever to sing that style and if they are saying they are from a lineage other than this lineage, they are lying. 

Pay attention to how they cut the names of this lineage off and replace them with other names and do your research when you see any Das Baul, or anybody or their guru wearing a patch work dress such as Babu Kishan created or dancing with Ektara, Baya and Nupoor (ankle bells).oor 
https://lineagebaul.blogspot.com/2021/08/in-1970s-babu-kishan-designed-guduri.htmlwithout telling the truth, they are culturally appropriating making up stories.

The Vaishnava Bauls of Birbhum India the one and only Lineage.


Beloved Radha & Krishna of the Vaishnava Bauls of Bengal they have been worshiping them for thousands of years. The Vaishnava Bauls of Bengal are "The Rasa Lila Mystics" ancestors of Sri Nityananda (Nitai) of Ekkchakra Bengal India. Sri Nityananda was the elder best friend of Sri Chaitanya and one of Chaitanya's Guru's.

Some of the Lineage is as follows, (Nabani Das Baul took Gosai off of their name because he did not want anybody touching his feet, he said, touch your own feet, bow down to the divine within yourself.)

1. Sri Nityananda,

2. his son Birbhadra (Gosai),

3. Advaita Gosai,

4. Khepa Chand Gosai

5. Rasaraj Gosai,

6. Ananto Gosai,

7. Okkur Gosai & Triguna Das,

8. Phuru Dasi,

9. Nabani Das & Brajabala Dasi,

10.Annapurna Dasi, Radharani Dasi, Purna Das, Lakshman Das, Chakrdhar Das.

11. Krishnendu Das Baul who is the eldest of the new generation of Bauls, his Guru is his Grandfather Nabani Das Khyapa Baul and the last Authentic Baul that all Bauls follow, Nabani is a Baul Avadhut. Oral Sanskrit speaking and yes they had manuscripts, they are Gosai aka Gosain, however, Nabani took Gosai off their name, he said touch your own feet!


This whole lineage goes back thousands of years but I started listing it from the beginning of Gaudiya Vaishnavism late 1500's, Purna Das Baul did a lot fo fundraising for Gaudiya Math and they always held this family in high esteem as the lineage coming out of Sri Nityananda of Ekachakra Birbhum Bengal India.

Nitai was a Baul Avadhut, this lineage is the orginal Hare Krishna singers and dancers.

Vaishnava Bauls lived a vegetarian, Sanskrit oral traditional Vaishnava life that was spontaneous and natural. The had one wife, one husband all their life. They did not sleep with other people wives as stated by the 'new age Vaishnavism' and some were even sanayas all their life. The modern orthodox Vaishnavism that has come out of the west and Calcutta have written very nasty things without even having a clue. So many people are using?

(I only qualify this part because there is a huge misconception because of one British born Vaishnava reformer wrote something back in the 1800's and it is still being passed around in certain circles as pure ignorance.)

However, there are new Bauls singers using Baul, teaching wrong teachings and making Baul a dirty word by their behaviour and associations. 

The authentic Baul is Extinct, Baul is no more, all we have are fakes, duping people more and more everyday.

Today Bauls are almost extinct and they are like any indigenous group of original people on this planet who are not being supported, who can not survive in this world and today they have to modernize or die, if you are modern why not the Bauls.

The real Bauls are sweet and innocent ecstatic lovers or the love. Radha and krishna live in their hearts as Sita and Ram lives in Hanuman's heart. Bauls love all Devata. A true Vaishnava always has mercy,Respect for all living things and they never irritates others or call others names. They are about Peace, Love and Unity, accepting all.

Baul is simple but it is not a beginners path they have been around for thousands of years, they are not a new movement as is written by some scholars only because they are not from inside the tradition and can only speculate. Most people who write about the Bauls have never had any connection to this lineage or the oral lineage of Vaishnavism in Bengal.

Baul is the path of the Avadhuta beyond all cultures, caste and creed. Bauls believe in both Duality and Non Duality. They are an ocean..

Bauls areTri Devata including Radha/Krishna, Kali?Shiva and Brahma/Saraswati. As Buddhism flowed into Bengal naturally they added the Rasa of Buddhism, and as Sufi entered Bengal they as added the Juice or essence of Sufi. 

However, it should always be understood Bauls are based on Indian Philosophy, Santan Dharma. Bauls are also Tantric (techniques of the macro and mircro cosmos.) Again I must qualify because not all Bauls are Tantrics at Tara Pith this is rare for a Baul from this lineage as Nabani Das Baul and Babuksihan are the only ones in this lineage. 

A Baul must experience everything, they have different Guru's to learn different things... in Babukishan's case he learned the Oral Tradition of Baul for almost 30 years before he taught... He also was a monk in the Ramakrishna Order for 12 years.. he has 50 years of experience and to this day is really not teaching.. There quest is for the divine and it takes many years experience in the world as the Avadhuta traveling India learning from nature, the Baul now travels the world learning.

Sanskrit-ists they now sing in Bengali because that is the language of the villagers.

It takes at least 12 years if not a life or many life times to really become a Baul. Bauls are Guru's, and Acharya's they are Masters in all Indian Philosophy, Bhakti Yoga, and Tantra and should be able to answer any question if they want. It is a misconception that a women only take a few years. Brajabala spent a lifetime mastering Baul, so did Radharani and all their Baul disciples and they did not even call themselves a Baul Master. Manju Das spent her life too, although not born into a Baul lineage she lived with a Purna Das Baul for 50 years or more and knew Nabani and Brajabala. It isn't so simple to be a Baul.

They do not collect devotee's and are mysterious and illusive. It is not easy to get anything out of a Baul, it takes years of trust first. Perhaps that will change because of the time. Babukishan is the first and only Baul to live in North America.

The Untold stories from the forgotten Oral Tradition. The Vaishnava Bauls have a great Respect and Love for the Feminine Divine and they always Puja's Radha first. They are natural and spontaneous God intoxicated Mystics who say everybody and everything is Divine.

The Ektara their one stringed Indian Folk instrument is their symbol of Peace Love and Unity they call the Ektara "the Gopi Chand." Bauls of Bengal accept all rejected people as Divine.

Originally Sanskrit Speaking people, now almost extinct. They are preserved so there really is no reason for outsiders to be fundraising in the name of Baul. I mean they sing the songs from this lineage, what are they going to preserve? 

There is only one lineage, it is this lineage, so then they must be making up stories. Are they going to preserve this lineage, NOT because unless they are initiated into this one and only lineage they have nothing to preserve. Baul is not a tourist attraction or acting it is a living lineage.

In 2005 UNESCO declared, the Bauls of Bengal:

'A Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible History of Humanity'

The only problem with this is that the Bangladeshi who concocted this took all the money and concocted a story line that says, Bauls came from Persia. When will people (outsiders) stop using the Bauls (this Lineage)?