The one thing they couldn't teach Babu Kishan was to lie and he is known for his impeccable honesty.
An old picture of a young Babu Kishan at Bob Dylan's home in Woodstock, early 1980's.
When Babu Kishan worked for CBS India 1986 - 1993 he released, marketed and promoted all Bob Dylan's Albums in India and Asia. Babu Kishan has personally known Bob Dylan for decades. If it not for Babu Kishan a super fan of Bob Dylan's poetry no one in India would have had a chance to listen to Dylan back in the 1980's 90's onward. Babu Kishan convinced 'RV PANDIT' the Chairman of CBS India to release all Bob Dylan's albums in India and he said, yes Babu go ahead. It was due to Babu Kishan that the people of India and Asia were able to know Bob Dylan and his music.
Babu has been inspired by Dylan his whole life and gave him
the name 'Western Baul'.
Babu tried to bring Bob Dylan to India between '1986 to 1993' while he was the A/R Manager at CBS India, however, unfortunately few people or I should say the companies that sponsored concerts in India were not interested in sponsoring his concert in those days.
Babu Kishan aka Krishnendu Das could not get sponsorship for the concert, he tried over many years by promoting and marketing Bob Dylan to India and Asia but still was not able to get the right sponsorship.
It is a curious matter some in Bengal and even more curious that the new creation called 'Bangladeshi Bauls' or Muslim Bauls claim to know Bob Dylan? No, no they do not! Now all are claiming that all of the Bauls are associated with Bob Dylan, this is not true. Babu's father and uncle Laxshman Das Baul initially met Dylan at the 'BiG Pink' a recording studio house owned by Bob Dylan and The Band in 1967 in Woodstock NY. No other 'Bauls in Bengal or Bangladesh' ever had anything to do with Bob Dylan except this initial 1967 time and later through Babu Kishan's association on his own.
18 years after 1967 it was Babu Kishan through his travels and 'letter writing' to America on his own, met Al Aronowitz The God Father of Rock Journalism, George Harrison, Allen Ginsberg, The Band (Levon Helm) Garth Hudson, Robbie Robertson and others who associated with Bob Dylan.
It was during this time period that he developed a relationship with Dylan. Babu Kishan became good friends with all because of his 'musical ability' not because of being a Baul although when it comes to Babu Kishan the 2 are intertwined, most people can not handle this or Babu Kishan, they want to slot him in one slot but he is multi-talented, multi-instrumental and a musical genius, this is what others say including Allen Ginsberg, Al Aronowitz and Levon Helm to name a few.
Bob Dylan (never) went to a wedding in Calcutta secretly or otherwise in 1990, he was on a 'Never Ending Tour' that took him to Brazil in 'January of 1990' when the wedding took place BobDylan was in Brazil, as far away from India that one can get. In 1990 Bob Dylan toured Brazil, Europe, Canada and then to the USA doing 93 concerts.
Dylan did NOT teleport to Calcutta for 2 hours. If you know India, just imagine flying to Delhi or Bombay in 1990 for your first trip to India. Calcutta did not have an International Airport so Dylan would have had to catch another airplane or train to Calcutta for a secret wedding, of a person he did not know? Dylan never knew Babu Kishan's younger brother at all, he never met him and he really had no connection with Purna Das Baul he was more connected with Laxshman Das Baul.
Think about it Dylan talked to Babu all the time in Bombay, Babu had Dylan's contact information in Bombay and it was work related because he released his music for CBS in India. Why would Dylan go to Babu's brothers wedding in India without talking to Babu? It is laughable, insulting and disrespectful to Babu Kishan and his 86 year old father for the youngest brother to have concocted such a story.
There was one white guy wearing a Red Kurta from California at the wedding but he was not Bob Dylan he was one of Babu Kishan's old friends Pats husband 'Thomas' from Laguna Beach, California and another women Debra, also from Laguna Beach. When they heard the Bob Dylan was there, they all laughed? Babu's middle brother Bapi married the younger brother and his wife was there 24/7, he says there is no way Bob Dylan was there. A fabricated story fake news, reported over and over. Sorry folks and it is really sad the younger brother is doing harm to his father's name?
The news of Dylan in India is fake news and it has been confirmed from many sources. Including Bob Dylan's own son Jacob Dylan whom Babu chatted with just this past August, he said there is no way my Dad has ever been to India, never ever.
Babu Kishan was the only person who had any private contact information for Bob Dylan's and he did not send an wedding invite to him for his brothers wedding.
I have no idea why Journalists do not dig deeper, why they believe one or one source who obviously have an agenda and then for that source to drag in his father an 86 year Purna Das Baul? And there was one Professor from Calcutta University who posted this too, shame on him too, I am sure his post has long disappeared but I remember because I had a friend in Calcutta who basically hounded me relentlessly because her son had written an article on the subject and now was the expert on Baul and she did not want to ruin his name?
Why speak out, because it is a huge embarrassment when you know the truth and others (media) just copy and paste from one source without even investigating. Journalism used to be investigative today it is just copy and paste and they will believe any lie, in this case it was NDTV and outward from there, reported on other news sources. There is a simple remedy to this, interview the people involved.
Interview Bob Dylan first!
Does anybody have the guts?
Interview Babu Kishan who you probably didn't know was the guy 'in charge of Dylan in India' and that shows a lack of journalist skills, interview the middle brother who married the fools, and look at Bob Dylan's tour schedule?
Babu Kishan from 1986 - 1991 worked as a consultant for CBS Indian & a Music Producer, Creative Director, and Promotor of artists from India and Overseas including Cindy Lauper, Micheal Jackson, New Kids on the Block, Pink Floyd, Gysy Kings and many others for CBS INDIA.