Baul is extinct, it has been archived and preserved by Babu Kishan already, decades ago because he could see the writing on the wall, others riding on the coat tails of his lineage and family. Nothing wrong with following Baul but changing the narrative to fit the cultural appropriation of this One and Only lineage is a travesty.
B and V are interchangeable in the Bengali language, many old books on Baul spell Baul - Batula or Baula, but yet the narrative continues, Baul means mad and afflicted by the wind from a Western Scholar, why is a western scholar controlling the narrative of Baul?? This Does not sense, yet you will hear every NEW baul singer say this, every writer on Baul?
Something for all Bengali's to think about why would an outsider or one who says Baul is from Turkey or Uzbekistan be representing and preserving Baul, saying they are from a made up lineage?
Baul Culture is being appropriated by outsiders who are watering down, reducing, and destroying this beautiful one and only Lineage. Many now are riding on the coat tails of this lineage, changing the narrative, deleting this pioneering lineage from the narrative of Baul of this historical Baul family who are descendants of Sri Nitai (Nityananda) of Ekachakra Birbhum India. Baul spread outward from there it never originated anywhere else.
Baul is a lineage of Kirtan and Bhakti Yoga but it goes way further than that it encompasses all of Indian philosophy, Baul Tantra Mantra Gopi Yantra. There is Baul Kirtan but Kirtan alone does not make a Baul. If someone is from a lineage of Kirtan it does not make one a Baul. They are minstrels but not only minstrels, there was an album saying Bauls are street singers but they are not street singers. So many marketing techniques have been used to describe Baul.
Babu Kishan aka Krishnendu Das Baul born to preserve and archive Baul, researched, preserved and archived all of his life. Described by others a Mystical and Musical Genuis always Energetic.
Although Baul is ARCHIVED and Preserved we never like to give out too much information, exactly for the reason of Cultural Appropriation and the 'Riding on the Coat Tails of this Lineage' Baul is a secret esoteric tradition. Babu Kishan will do something and the followers do not just follow, they take and then say it is about them.
People are now using Baul, making up lineages, watering down, dumbing down, and systematically destroying the "Essence of Baul" the origins in Baul. Babu Kishan is one of the main figures who Brought Baul out of India, he has always encouraged, NEW BAUL SINGERS, little did he know that they would turn around and take their names off of history or her-story and put their own, making up lineages that never existed. This is a huge issue in todays world and people outside of Baul do not have a clue.
My father was always the main attraction the chief guest at the Pous Mela, Joy Dev Mela and his father before him Nabani Das Baul. Purna Das Baul was very famous a super duper hit back then and many new Bauls singers were super duper jealous too. Purna Das attracted such a huge crowd that he even needed government security, he was famous from an early age because his Baul singing was superb to this day no Baul has ever been able to even come close, he is 86 years old, and still singing although those days have long disappeared and when he stopped going to the Mela's the Melas lost their true essence. For a very long time they are not what they used to be. He was # one and the main attraction at Pous and Joy Dev Mela's for over 50 years and first brought Baul outside of India back in the 1950, it was not til 1967 that he arrived in America and you can see him on Bob Dylans album John Wesley Harding with his brother Luxman Das Baul.
I remember #SanatanDasBaul who used to watch my Grandfather he used to be a copycat of my Grandfather in his dance and he copied my dad in his dress, the patchwork dress that I designed for my father. He also, copied our name 'Das Baul', Das Baul only comes from our 'lineage' how can you make up a lineage there is not other lineage, no matter whatever story anybody makes up. I knew Sanatan Das Baul and his sons and I was the one who brought Sanatan to All India Radio #RadioStation and encouraged him to record, but it was not successful the record company did not like his voice, he went on 'my reference' because I was the one who promoted and helped everybody who was interested in Baul. There are way more stories to tell and I will tell all and the truth in my book, there is a limit for to everything. How I fought for these new Bauls singers to have a chance back in the day, when I see made up stories I will fight the same way for truth.
Poisoning at the JOYDEV Mela In Kenduli !
Oh my Goodness, as I learn more and more stories from Babu Kishan. He told me the story when some jealous Bauls tried to kill him by poisoning his dad Purna Das Baul at Monohar Khepa's ashram at the JoyDev Mela in the 1970's. Babu was there, I am not going to mention the names of the group of Bauls that tried to kill him because it will be in the New Book.
Purna Das Baul was so popular he was a Super Star because of his singing, one year as the main attraction at Joy Dev Mela at Monohar's Ashram someone gave him some milk it was laced with poison purposely because a group of jealous Baul figured it they killed him, then they would be the main attraction. Monohar Khepa was put in jail but Purna Das Baul knew there was no way he would have done that and had him released from Jail. It was a group of Bauls that hung out and worked at his ashram for food. As I said I have names and I will write about them in Babu Kishans new Book and many will be shocked but these stories must be told because of the making up of lineages and the cultural appropriation of Baul. These New Baul singers have always been jealous of Purna Das Baul and Nabani Das Baul. This will be in Babu Kishan's book and all names named.
Millions of people flocked to see Purna Das Baul after this event he stopped going to the Joy Dev Mela and when finally go back because there was a huge demand and the festival was not as popular when he was not there, the only way he could go was under heavy security.
I remember what my Grandparents told me, I remember my oral Sanskrit teachings as a child and Hari Das I remember what my Grandfather (Boro Baba) and Brajabala taught me her family were great Vaishnava Sanskrit Pandits she was from Norottama Das's family.
I remember everything my Dad told me and all the intellectuals I have met through my family and on my own, I didn't just arrive yesterday, I may have been silent but this is my job to speak out. I will tell all in my book, although many are not on the planet anymore, the ones that are know who I am and what I did for them and that I tell the truth, I am a truth talker. This is my Lineage we existed for thousands of years before and I am tired of all the made up stories.
All Maha Great poets who Babu Kishan composed music for their poetry. They are poets not Bauls.
The Bauls of Bangladesh is a story only since the 1970’s there were no Bauls in Bangladesh back then. Lalon Fakir was not a Baul, he was a great Poet, I know I brought many Bangladeshi’s from there int he 1970’s and put music to Lalon poetry, I was one of the first to record Lalon songs, somehow I created a confusion and the story continues that Lalon Fakir was a Baul?