Saturday, February 17, 2018
Nabani Brajabal Dham, Baul Institute, Preserving Baul and International Research Centre
This is the temple in Santiniketan (Santiniketôn) a small town near Bolpur in the Birbhum district of West Bengal, India, approximately 180 km north of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta).
Bhubhandanga is just before Tagore University on the right side. This piece of land organized by Babu Kishan aka Krishnendu Das and acquired from "Vishava Bharti Tagore University Chancellor Nimai Sadhan Basu" originally it was land that Rabindranath Tagore had gifted to Nabani Das Khyapa Baul for his life service to 'Vishava Bharti Tagore University' Nabani Das Khyapa Baul the first and only Baul music and dance teacher, he was Rabindranath Tagore's best friend and Baul Guru.
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Half of the land was taken by Muslims who built a graveyard, they stole the land by burying their dead bodies on the land then claiming as their own. Babu paid for and built a fence around the property. Babu paid for the temple and it upkeep. He planted all the tree's and flowers that was his passion. This was to be a Baul Cultural Hub, a place of education and preservation.
Babu Kishan was working on his career in Bombay, sending money back to his family in Calcutta for them and for the management of the Baul Institution & Research Centre that he created.
His family mismanaged and misused the land and changed what the original purpose of this place was to be, without his knowledge or permission. They never contacted him to let him know in 2008 that the temple was destroyed by the University because of misuse, it was years later that he found out?
No respect for their son and brother his devotion time or energy, they say love but there can be
NO LOVE without Respect?
A condition that was stipulated when Babu acquired the land was that this land was to be used as a NON PROFIT Baul Institution and Research Centre. Again without his knowledge the original intent was changed and this created chaos within the Baul community. This was all done behind Babu's back and people were told to not tell Babu anything. When Babu found out this was very disappointing and painful to him. Preserving Baul and educating other about Baul was his lifes work and a dream in honour of his Guru Grandparents who raised him as Mother and Father until he was 8 years old when Nabani passed away in 1969.
Babu Kishan aka Krishnendu Das organized and created this place, because of his devotion and love Guru Nabani Das Khyapa Baul who was best friends with Tagore and the Baul who initiated Tagore in Baul giving him the name Ravi Baul. This Baul Institution was his passion, energy, devotion, time, money.
All gone, Why? This must be addressed.
Over the years the Baul Research Institution was changed from the original intention in honour of Brajabala and Nabani Das Baul whose names were deleted and it was used for what it was never intended for. Word has it was destroyed due to mismanagement. He has learned bit and pieces and his family has not said, a word to him to him, he found out from other people, his family actively told people not to tell Babu, they actively deceived him?
Posted by Trishula Das at 11:55 AM