NEW BOOK ON HISTORICAL BAUL FROM INSIDE THE ONE AND ONLY LINEAGE OF VAISHNAVA TANTRIC BAUL TO BE RELEASED THIS YEAR 2020 BETTER LATE THAN NEVER.
The Deconstruction Reduction of Baul by "The Riders on the Coat Tails, "The fake it til you make it" Baul singers.
Understand Baul is extinct the bird, the soul which is the essence of Baul died when Nabani Das Khyapa Baul and Brajabala Dasi left the earth.
Recently I came across new papers in Academia a web site where Academic publish papers. Babu Kishan's many decades friend the late Carol Solomon's husband has released her work on Lalon Fakir and relates him to Baul, asserting he was a Baul of Bangladesh. There is no such thing as Bangladeshi Bauls, they are not nor have they ever been from Bangladesh, Baul is a very small sect that originates from Birbhum West Bengal India (oral Sanskrit), based on Hindu or Sanatan Dharma Vaishnava Tantra Yoga.
For example if you are Jewish, you preserve your stories, your family, what happened to your family, if you can't understand that, understand that this is what Babu Kishan is doing his familes line, their songs and their stories and his stories and who he knows are not random and not your story to tell or copy and used randomly.
However, Mary Young in her book on Baul will try to fool people making a linkage with Sanatana Das Baul by putting a huge picture of Sanatana Das Baul right across the page where you writes, "Baul is associated with Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, George Harrison"? NO Baul is not, Sanatana Das Baul is NOT associated with these people, never ever. They are Babu Kishan's many decade friends, they are only associated with him. To distort and use Babu Kishan's story is a crime. George Harrison was Babu Kishan's dear friend, to use his story of a dear friend and try to mislead people that any other Baul was associated is nasty. Bob Dylan and The Band are Babu Kishan's friends. You have culturally appropriated Babu Kishan's story and made a lie and randomly at the end of your book mention Purna Das Baul names as if he is a drop.
My dear all Bauls follow Nabani Das Baul, Purna Das Baul and Babukishan, all Bauls dress as they do, they dance as they do, they sing their songs and follow them around the world, they use their stories but take their names off, this is cultural appropriation and each and every point will come out in this new book, it is has to you are watering down, stealing stories and writing about his lineage of Nitai but cutting names off, making up associations and stories.
This is a false wrong and random linkage to these association who are only friends of Babu Kishan. Purna Das Baul met Bob Dylan in 1967 however, it was Lakshman Das Baul his younger brother who Bob Dylan always asked Babu Kishan about?
It was Babu Kishan who contacted and maintained a personal relationship not Purna Das Baul and no other Bauls were associated. How can people do this, how can Mary Young write such garbage and make these associations? Cheating and riding on the coat tails of Babu Kishan's life and story.
Carol Solomon was a good friend of Babu's he helped her endlessly with her Bengali language and her study of Baul, even signing and giving information for a grant application. We both saw her at her home in Seattle for dinner in 2008, it is very sad it was the last time.
You need to know it was Rabindranath Tagore who first talked about Lalon Fakir, but the only Baul associated with Tagore was Nabani Das Khyapa Baul, I have written about this long time association in other writings, many have tried to make this association too and it is not true. Same with Allen Ginsberg he wrote a song called Lalon and everybody makes a linkage but if you read the poetry it has nothing to do with Lalon. Allen Ginsberg first met Nabani Das Khyapa Baul in 1962 and it was only Babu Kishan who had a relationship, many decades long with Allen Ginsberg but you will sell people generically link Ginsberg to them? He was not linked with any other Baul (period), Purna Das Baul met him but was not a friend, Ginsberg was only interested in talking about Nabani and other poets with Babu Kishan because Babu and Ginsberg are both poets. The only Baul song Allen Ginsberg wrote ever, was written as gift to Babu Kishan in honour of Nabani Das Khyapa Baul. How people twist and culturally appropriate Babu Kishan's story.
So why would anybody ever link Allen Ginsberg's name with Baul without using Babu Kishan's name? How can you write about Rabindranath Tagore and Baul without using Nabani Das khyapa Baul's name, he is the Baul Guru who initiated Tagore into Baul giving him the name Ravi Baul. Please read Babu Kishan's blog on Babukishan.org for details.
I wish they would stop all their lying copy and pasting and cheating and making up new lineages and stories that belong to Babu Kishan's biography, randomly mentioning his stories but taking his name off his story, like as if it were you, you were the one who had met these people. They have always followed Babu Kishan including trying for his Bollywood connections? Saying they are composers, do you know what a composer is and how hard it is to be a composer, you have to have a body of successful work, tested, and certified by well known composers, again (see BabuKishan.org to find out what it took to be a Music Composer)?? I have seen a Baul write, Baul now has a Padma Sri, what the heck, Baul does not, use the name of the Baul, Purna Das Baul has a Padma Shree, no other random generic Baul, it is an insult not to use names.
I have seen someone advertise teaching Baul Tantra using the chapters and subjects listed right out Purna Das Baul's 500 page book on Baul and then stating she has never heard of another Baul book except for Mary Young's book and nobody else has written a book, huge lie, huge cultural appropriation.