Baul

The Bauls are minstrels whose song and dance reflect the joy, love and longing for mystical union with the Divine. Their music is their means to dissolve into a greater ease with the Supreme Being. Living the life of an esoteric, denouncing the material world, they urge people to rise above the divides created by caste, creed and religion to find peace.

Baul Artists

Gobinda Das Bairagya

Gobinda Das Bairagya learnt the finer details of Baul music as a young child at the feet of his father, Shyam Sundar Das, himself an accomplished performer. Hailing from a family of traditional Bauls, young Gobinda went on to become a disciple of Gobinda Das Goswami and practiced Baul philosophy and lifestyle under his tutelage. He has performed in several festivals in rural West Bengal, Kolkata as well as in Bhutan, Maharashtra (Mumbai) and Andaman.He is a much loved regular at Joydeb Mela and Poush Mela of Birbhum. He had also performed in France

Kangal Khyapa

Kangal Das Baul Born in 1996 in Jaydeb near Santiniketan, Birbhum district, Kangal started singing and playing music instruments at the age of seven. His inspiration and guide was his illustrious father, eminent Baul singer Tarak Das Baul, also known as Tarak Khyapa, who died an untimely death in 2017. Kangal is a promising Baul singer who also plays many music instruments, such as Dotara, Khamak, Harmonium, Ektara, Dugi, Tabla, Khol, etc. He has performed in many cities across India, including Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Tatanagar and Siliguri. He has also performed at the Sur Jahan World Peace Music Festival in Kolkata and Goa and also performed in Urkult Festival, Sweden and in Budapest, Hungary.

Nityapriya Mandal

Nityapriya was born in 1995 and started learning music at the age of 10 from her father Iswar Birendranath Bala. Presently she is learning from her husband Sujay Mondal. Nityapriya has collaborated with Oriental Mood Trio from Denmark. She had performed throughout West Bengal and also in Assam.

Prodyut Bala

Prodyut Bala hails from a family of Hindustani Classical singers. He was initiated into classical music at the tender age of nine and gained proficiency over the years. He later developed an intense attraction towards Baul music and philosophy and went on to become a disciple of Harekrishna Das Baul. A resident of Ilambazar in Birbhum district of West Bengal, Prodyut has performed at various festivals in West Bengal and also in Raipur, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh and Andhrapradesh.

Sadhu Das Baul

Sadhu Das Baul Born in 1995 in Jaydeb near Santiniketan, Birbhum district, Sadhu started singing and playing music instruments at the age of 10. His inspiration and guide was his illustrious father, eminent Baul singer Tarak Das Baul, also known as Tarak Khyapa, who died an untimely death in 2017. Sadhu is a promising Baul singer who is also deft in playing Dotara, Khamak, Harmonium, Ektara and Dugi. He has performed in many cities across India, including Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Silchar and Tatanagar. He has also performed at the Sur Jahan World Peace Music Festival in Kolkata and Goa and also performed in Urkult Festival, Sweden and Fagun Utsav, London.

Shyam Sundar Das Bairagya

Shyamsundar Das Baul grew up in Murshidabad. As a child he was always interested in kirtan and Baul songs. He sang with his grandfather and father, who travelling minstrels. His father, Tarini Das, was his first teacher. As a child his primary school headmaster encouraged him to join ‘Jatra’ because he sang beautifully and was awarded. At the age of 8, he began his formal training at the ashram his father resided under the tutelage of Nitai Gosai’s disciples but was initiated as a Baul much later by Shishir Shashanko Gosai, his guru. Purna Das Baul is a distant relative of the family. He has been performing for more than 30 years now and sings primarily Mahajani padas. An experienced performer, he has performed both locally and nationally. Shyamsundar Das Baul believes that to become a true Baul, one has to be completely dedicated to the art through honesty, learning and practice.

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Sumanta Das Baul

Sumanta Das Baul, A young Baul from Shantiniketan, one of the best in his generation, sings with Dotara (traditional string instrument) and Khamak (traditional percussive string instrument). He has already been performed many places throughout India and he also performed at Colors of Ostrava one of the biggest world music festivals, and in Germany.

Rabi Das Baul

Born as Rabi Mondal in Bhubandaga of Birbhum district in 1978, this highly talented young singer also plays the Dotara (a traditional string instrument), Khamak (a traditional percussive string instrument) and Dubki (a traditional rhythm instrument). He was trained by Basudeb Das Baul in his formative years. Rabi has performed across India, including his home state West Bengal, New Delhi, Mumbai, Guwahati and Agartala, and also abroad — in Scotland, the Ethno Krakow Crossroad World Music Festival in Poland in 2017, Washington, USA.

Gopi Khyapa

Gopi Kishor Bharui, a popular Baul from Burdwan district started his career singing ‘Krishnayatra’, the musical narrative of Lord Krishna’s life as a child. Having imbibed the philosophy of the Bauls from his teacher Sibdas Goswami, Gopi has excelled in performing the music of stalwarts like Lalan Fakir and Bhaba Pagla and has even experimented with melodious innovations to their compositions. Apart from exceptional vocals, this talented artist plays several musical instruments including the Khamak, Dugi, and Ektara. His energetic performances are much loved and he has been invited to perform at festivals and concerts all over India and in Copenhagen World Music Festival.

Khokan Das

Khokan Das belongs to a family with a rich musical tradition and was groomed in playing the Dhol, a traditional Indian drum, at a very young age by his father and grandfather, both of whom were respected Dhol players. He was later groomed by veteran Dhol player Sidam Das. Khokon has performed across West Bengal and also in Delhi, Mumbai, Goa, and Assam. He has also performed in Urkult festival in Sweden, Colors of Ostrava in Czech Republic, Budapest, Hungary, Germany, and Bangladesh.