Purna Das Baul and his x wife Padma Laxshmi and Salman Rushdie, Now I will probably see Baul was associated with Salman Rushdie?
They make it up because they are not Baul they are actors, some good folk singers, some are absolutely atrocious. How would you know, most are not from Birbhum, most do not even understand the language, they just see the exotic and think innocently, this must be real. But to someone who knows music it is really bad, so bad it makes a trained Indian Musical ear sick.
They make it up to receive funding from governments or undeserved awards that anybody can get today.
It was not so easy in the past.
2. There are fake Bauls collecting donations to preserve Baul, this has lead to reductionism and the watering down of Baul. Baul is already recorded and preserved by Babu Kishan and we know 100% that they are not lineage Baul yet copying everything making generalizations and randomizing Baul to fit their narrative. More on this later. Taking this lineages songs, style and following them but deleting their names.