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Monday, September 10, 2018

Women Baul - Pioneer Manju Das Baul, Baul Her-story was complete decades ago. Baul has been extinct for decades, all that one can do now is follow what this great Women has already completed.

Manju Das Baul aka Manju Dasi was a Classically trained Indian singer and musician, a popular folk singer and Baul singer. Manju was Babu Kishan's mother (Ma) and Purna Das Baul's wife. She is history in that she is the first Baul Women to travel all over India and around the world to over 150 countries singing on the biggest stages of the world starting in the 1960's including The Royal Albert Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York and she taught at all Universities around the world.


Manju sang on the stage for the first Rock Concert fundraiser in London in the early 1970's fundraisers for Bangladesh organized by the Beatles, Rolling Stones. She has been to Mick Jagger’s house in Nice France and performed with Bob Dylan. She has performed for Presidents and Prime Ministers of India, including Indira Gandhi who was a great friend of Manju's.
Brajabala Dasi - Nabani Das Khyapa Bauls wife and very important Sadhaka in this tradition, she was an Oral Sanskritist and came from the Narottam Das who was considered a Vaishnava Saints lineage family. Brajabala knew everything about her husband Nabani Das Khyapa Baul and was probably the last of the authentic real Bauls of Bengal. After her and her daughter Radharani Dasi, Baul history changed and Manju Das is the last of Baul Women taking Baul outside of Bengal to India and to the world.

All Baul Women followed Manju and came after her and this part of her-story was complete long ago. Today anybody can hop on a airplane and travel the world and with the internet many stories are made. Manju is the first and last of modern Baul Women, she is the pioneer, she is the first Women Baul to take Baul to the world, after he Baul was changed, water down, there is no more Baul Her-story or his-story all there is, is made up stories ‘riding on the coat-tails’ of these Baul Legendary historical  Women.

Radharani Dasi - The movie Tagori was made for Radharani Dasi

She is the only Baul women to take Baul everywhere and to the highest levels and that history is complete, there is no comparison, she was a pioneer, today anybody can do anything, in those days it was almost impossible. She passed away in 2010. Baul is extinct, it has been extinct decades ago and Manju was one of people who Archived Baul and Preserved Baul along with her son Babu Kishan.


She completed 'Women's Baul history' and her-story' she is the daughter in law of the very last authentic Women's Baul Guru 'Brajabaal Dasi' and sister in law to 'Radharani Dasi'.

In the movie Tagori, Babu Kishan designed the dress for the character who was depicting Radharani Dasi.
This album is the original was Produced and Recorded by Babu Kishan aka Krishnendu Das, it is his work. 
This is not just a fan photo - they were close.

They were very close to Indira Gandhi and long time associated as State of Bengali Singers traveling all over India and singing before Indira Gandhi did her speeches. 


Nabani Das Khyapa Baul sang before Nehru did his speeches in the 1940's, Bauls are the pied pipers who through their magical mystical singing draw the crowd in. 


This family including Babu Kishan did this for Indira Gandhi, Sanjay and Rajiv Gandhi. 


Babu Kishan said Indira Gandhi was like a Grandmother and he remembers being on the stage sitting at her feet just days before she was assassinated. he was up front at her funeral, many stories to tell.

Manju had joined the most popular and mystic folk festivals around the world and she was the first recorded Women Baul with top music labels and in Bengali Cinema. She had a great voice, I know I recorded her many times and I know the music labels were the top. In those days the proof of the talent was alway in the Music label. Manju dedicated her life and time and did  huge amount of work preserving and Archiving Baul, she opened the door for future Female Bauls to even have a chance, all credit goes to her, she is the only Baul pioneering women, she worked so hard and loved her husband Purna Das Baul so much, she was a LEGEND.

NOT to mention her name or the ancestors of this lineage Baul before is a disgrace to the history and her-story of Baul, why because people are singing the songs of this lineage, they are dressing as this lineage does and they are cheating making up stories, taking their names off the story and putting their names in the place.



This is blatant cultural appropriation or misappropriation. You are following this lineage by wearing Ektara, Baya and wearing the Nagpur which comes 100% from Nabani Das Baul then Purna Das Baul. Any Baul wearing the patchwork dress (Guduri) this was designed by Babu Kishan, he designed it for his father when they did big World Stage Baul Performances so that he stood out and represented all the cultures of the world, all as one, all Bauls follow Purna Das Baul so all Bauls started to where it, it was not an ancient dress as many scholar write. Here  is another example of making assumptions? If you are going to say that is Baul dress at least give Babu kishan credit for the design?


Das Baul or Dasi that only came from this lineage, many Bangladeshis copied this name, again changing the narrative saying Baul is from Bangladesh. No it is not and Das and Dasi Baul is only this lineage. So if you so called Lineage Guru used this name they follow this lineage, if your Guru wore the patchwork quilt dress they follow this lineage. If you Guru danced and sang with Ektara, Baya and Nupoor sorry they do not have a lineage or sampradaya, they follow this lineage and not to mention that is Cultural Appropriation.
I say first and last because Baul is extinct, in the day when she arranged and traveled with her husband and son Krishnendu Das Baul aka Babu Kishan there was no internet, it was very difficult today everybody and anybody travels and only follows this lineage of Baul. Today anybody can travel anywhere very easily, today we have the internet.
All Baul women were disciples of Brajabala Dasi, I will provide a list in the new Book, nobody ever said, and this has left the door open to cultural appropriation of this lineage, it is time.
Manju was a multi-instrumentalist playing more than just Baul instruments she was the first Women Baul to Master and play the harmonium and use it in Baul Music. Manju was a highly educated Women.
Manju had joined the most popular and mystic folk festivals around the world and she was the first recorded Women Baul with top music labels and in Bengali Cinema. She had a great voice, I know I recorded her many times and I know the music labels were the top. In those days the proof of the talent was alway in the Music label. Manju dedicated her life and time and did  huge amount of work preserving and Archiving Baul, she opened the door for future Female Bauls to even have a chance, all credit goes to her, she is the only Baul pioneering women, she worked so hard and loved her husband Purna Das Baul so much, she was a LEGEND.
Her history has already been archived, stories to be told in Babu Kishan's 4th book on Baul. 
All New Baul singers follow this lineage.

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