About Satyananda Das Baul - সত্যানন্দ দাস বাউল

Satyananda Das Baul - photo by Sinbi
Satyananda is a Baul (Bengali: বাউল) sadhaka singer, musician, dancer and composer from West Bengal, India. He is known for his rich repertoire of old baul songs and tradition-based improvisation. He captivates the world audiences by his wide range voice, resonance tune and dynamic-delicate dance.

He sings the Baul poetry of many great predecessors and some of his own, in variety of unique melodies based on rich music tradition of Bengal. He has put melodies to many Bhaba Pagla's lyrics also. Those songs have been loved and sung by many other singers as well.

His expression along with his devotion to the spiritual-mystical abyss of baul philosophy has caused ripples in the world of imaginative music. His soulful voice and blissful tunes have been reputed as "The singing voice of soul" ("魂の詩声"), lead the listeners to a state of meditation and bring inner happiness with deep healing.

He plays baul instruments -Ektara (one string), Duggie (small drum) and Ghungur (foot bells) mainly with his singing and dancing. He plays Anandalahari, Khonjori, Dotara, Shri khol, and other various instruments also.

He praises the divine in every being, through singing, drumming, playing a string instrument and bells on his feet. Sometimes all at the same time. All the while radiating joy and devotion.

His initiator guru (dikshya guru) had been Sri Bhagaban Das and his spiritual teacher (sikshya guru, sannyas guru) had been Sri Krishnananda Goswami. Right from childhood, he had taken up the path of austere endeavor. He learned from several masters of music also. His primary guru of baul music had been Sri Bhuban mohan Das. He had groomed up by foster mother Radharani Goswami.

Satyananda and Hori (his accompanist, plays mondira cymbals) have been absorbed in searching for the universal soul (paramatma) in the heart. Their "Chaitanya mantra" guru is Sri Haripada Goswami, who was a centenarian mentor and an appropriate preceptor towards the "sadhana"(practice).

The ancient living wisdom of these immortal Baul songs date back from thousands of years. The singular objective of such arduous endeavor is to realize one's own self (through the guidance of a proper guru) and visualize the human body as a sacred shrine. It is only then that knowledge of the universe infiltrates into the heart.

Satyananda has traveled sacred places across the length and breadth of India and abroad with his music since his young age. He performed before thousands of audiences in England (WOMAD Festival) and other European countries (Switzerland, Holland, France, etc.) with the fabulous world-renowned baul singer Paban Das Baul, several times in 90's. In Germany (Festival of Sacred Music) he won the hearts of audiences on his visit there in 2003. Satyananda and Hori performed in Japan in 2004, 2007 (Baul Songs from Bengal), 2008 (Asian Festa in Tokyo, Namaste India in Tokyo), 2009 (World Music and Dance Festival in Hakodate, ECLIPSE 2009/Total solar eclipse music festival in Amami, Gifu Sangeet Mela, Diwali in Yokohama), 2010 (Asian Puja in Osaka, Namaste India in Nagoya, Oguni Connect Fes, Bakugenjinmura Full Moon Festival), 2016 (Rabindranath Tagore - Japan 100 years anniversary Festival in Yokohama), 2017 (Soul Beat Asia in Toyota, Aichi), in South Korea in 2007, 2008 (Mime Festival, India Festival at Gwangju Indian Museum), in India, 2012 - 2016 (Sangeet Mela in Kolkata), in 2014 (Maati Utsav), in 2015 (International Mother Language Day “Bhasha Utsav", at Bangla Akademi, Kolkata). In 2010, they went to Australia and participated in Sydney Writers Festival, "Nine Lives" Concert (led by William Dalrymple) at Sydney Opera House, with Paban Das Baul. Satyananda was awarded 'Lalon Samman' at All Bangla Lalon Mela in 2014. Satyananda and Hori are doing the Europe tour every year, since 2014. They performed at Teatro Verde in Roma (2017), and at Underflow Record Store & Art Gallery in Athens, Greece (2018). Satyananda has mesmerized the world audience with his deep melodious voice and lives in the rich tradition of Bengali baul music alive.
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Contact:
Tel: +91-8016763665 (WhatsApp, Line app),
Email : satyahori@gmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/SatyanandaDasBaul

http://unitednationsofthespirit.org

Baul Artist - Satyananda Das Baul with Ektara  সত্যানন্দ দাস বাউল - photo by Sinbi


বাউল Bauls at Nine Lives Concert, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Writers Festival, in 2010 - photo by Hori Dasi

বাউল Baul with Dotara in Mt. Pyrenee, France - photo by Hori Dasi
বাউল Baul in Tokyo - photo by Kouji Kubota
Satyananda Das Baul with dotara
সত্যানন্দ দাস বাউল at old Temple in West Bengal India - photo by Hori Dasi

Satyananda in Firenze, Italy 2015 - photo by Hori Dasi

Satyananda Das Baul with Ektara in the forest, France -photo by Hori Dasi 
Satyananda Das Baul & Hori Dasi - photo by Ashok Krishna Mitra

 Bauls at Praner Bhagan 09,03,2014 photo by Hori Dasi

Satyananda and Rabindranath Tagore at Lake Balaton in Hungary 2018

References: 

Sadhu Shonge Prem Toronge - Satyananda Das Baul  সত্যানন্দ দাস বাউল

Satyananda Das Baul in Italy 2018


Anandadhara : An event by Srijan TV at ICCR Kolkata auditorium


 সত্যানন্দ দাস বাউল International Mother Language Day at Bangla Academy in Kolkata




Baul Music at Sydney Opera House, in 2010



Sydney Writers Festival, Nine Lives Concert at Sydney Opera House
led by William Dalrymple,
Artists: Paban Das Baul, Mimlu Sen, Kanai Das Baul, Satyananda Das Baul, Susheela Raman, Sam Mills, Shah jo raag fakirs, Hari Das...

The Baul (Bengali: বাউল) are a group of mystic minstrels from Bengal which includes Indian State of West Bengal and the country of Bangladesh. Bauls constitute both a syncretic religious sect and a musical tradition. Bauls are a very heterogeneous group, with many sects, but their membership mainly consists of Vaishnava Hindus and Sufi Muslims. They can often be identified by their distinctive clothes and musical instruments. Not much is known of their origin. Lalon Fokir is regarded as the most important poet-practitioner of the Baul tradition. Baul music had a great influence on Rabindranath Tagore's poetry and on his music (Rabindra Sangeet).

Though Bauls comprise only a small fraction of the Bengali population, their influence on the culture of Bengal is considerable. In 2005, the Baul tradition was included in the list of "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO.
https://youtu.be/xGQbxlO4EPE


English translation of a baul song.

Ami Aabar Jeno Tomar Dekha Pai
(May we meet Again)

If I pass away before you
Oh my beloved
May we meet again

Alone, I will melt into the beautiful blue sky
Telling stories of the heart to the southern breeze
Whether I am alive or dead
I wish to be with you

In the glow of sunset, I will be a star at twilight
and gaze at you as I forget everything
May the two streams of our separate lives
merge into one

Even if I lose sight of you in times of hardship
and wander in an unknown land with pain in my heart
If destiny let us meet again
May I never lose you

If I pass away before you
Oh my beloved
May we meet again
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ΕΛΛΗΝΟ-ΙΝΔΙΚΗ ΕΤΑΙΡΕΙΑ ΠΟΛΙΤΙΣΜΟΥ & ΑΝΑΠΤΥΞΗΣ
Indo-Hellenic Society for Culture & Development





Arcinazzo Romano (Lazio) 25 novembre 2017
Satyananda Das Baul in Roma

Pubblicato il 25 novembre 2017 da Ilmarinen
Domenica 26 novembre, al Teatro Verde di Roma si terrà un concerto con la presenza straordinaria di Satyananda Das Baul, mistico e cantastorie della tradizione Baul, la corrente spirituale che unisce indissolubilmente spiritualità e arte, mistica e poesia. La tradizione Baul, che significa ‘colpito o attraversato dal vento’ (vātul), dall’aria vitale o dal furore poetico, fa riferimento all’opera di alcuni dei sommi mistici e poeti della letteratura bengali.
La tradizione in oggetto ha in Bangladesh importanti radici, ed è molto popolare anche in Bengala Occidentale e nel resto del mondo.
Satyananda Das Baul è un maestro custode di antichi canti e di uno stile ricercato e intenso.
Pubblicato in Arte e Cultura | Etichettato Satyananda Das Baul Roma Teatro Verde





Kelara news paper, 13th Feb, 2016, - article about JoyDev Mela, written by Sobha Narayan in malayalam language.

Kerala News paper, 13th Feb, 2016

Leonid Plotkin, The Nomadic Alternative - Fragments from a life of travel  5 November 2014

Satyananda Das Baul © 2014 Leonid Plotkin www.leonidfotos.com

Music of the wandering minstrels
The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Metro | Timeout 9 Jan 2010  

Bauls at Baul Fakir Utsav
Music of the wandering minstrels
A community traditionally associated with Birbhum in Bengal, Bauls are best known for their songs and poems invoking a god who dwells within the human spirit. Fakirs are mendicants who travel from one place to another, often singing songs bearing their spiritual message. Bauls and Fakirs are believed to share two key aspects: a protestant subaltern socio-religious ethos and a physico-yogic practice; both being reflected in the songs that form the textual corpus of these communities and expressions of their life. Baul and Fakir genres of music have rich historical, cultural and social significance. Their songs are all about transcendence, nostalgia, mysticism and the exotic. With the winter chill in the air, the annual Baul Fakir Utsav is back in the city, with its medley of songs of the soil, presented in a warm, affable and homely ambience. In its fifth edition this year, the festival features a star cast of folk music practitioners, including Radheshyam Das, Kanai Das, Gaur Khyapa, Satyananda Das and Kartick Das who will render baul songs. Fakiri music will be performed by Nur Muhammad, Heera Shah, Khaibur Fakir, Akkas Fakir, Amirul Fakir and Golam Fakir. This year, bichhedi, Baul and Fakiri songs will also be presented by Chandrabati Ray Burman, Ronesh Thakur, Abdur Rahaman and six other performers from Sylhet, Bangladesh.
Event: Baul Fakir Utsav 2010 When: January 9 and 10; 11 am onwards Where: Shaktigarh, Jadavpur
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1100109/jsp/calcutta/story_11962524.jsp


Winter feast of songs of the soil
- Large audience for second Baul-fakir utsav at Jadavpur
The Telegraph - Calcutta : Metro 10 Jan 2007, Arka Das

Songs of the soil brought relief from the winter chill in a strip of a park at Shaktigarh, Jadavpur, this weekend. The second Baul-Fakir Utsav saw Kartik Das, Satyananda Das, Biswanath Das and Gour Khyapa share the stage — “a line-up not seen even at Joydeber Mela at Kenduli”.
With a footfall count of more than 4,000 over two days, the word-of-mouth campaign of the organisers worked well. The soiree, organised by NGO Marfat with financial help from music-lovers and associates, saw 32 artistes take the stage. Bonnie Chakraborty, former Krosswindz frontman and member of folk-fusion band Oikyotaan, was in charge of the sound.
Among the known faces in the crowd were British producer-guitarist Sam Mills, percussionist Tanmoy Bose, anchor Keya Chaitali Basu and actor Parambrata Chatterjee. Members of a number of city bands also dropped in.
Day One saw the much-anticipated performance by Kartik Das Baul, considered one of the best players of khamak in the community. His recital showed why. This was followed by his duet with Gour Khyapa, perhaps the most eccentric talent on show. Their opening track was the improvised Kaj cholchhe shortcut-e. Mahajan pad followed after requests from the audience. All along, Teenkari Das Baul on dubki and Nitai Das on khol provided percussive support to the singers.
The first day also saw performances by veteran Biswanath Das and vibrant recitals by Kanai Mondal, Tarak Das Baul, Uttam Das Baul, Subhadra and Tulika Hazra.
On Day Two, Golam Fakir, Akkash Fakir, Amirul Fakir, Armaan Fakir, Bedana Fakirani, Kalachand Darvish, Satyananda Das, Heera Shah and Haradhan Das Baul performed.
Golam’s rendition of Allah ho Allah was the high point of the evening, highlighting his skill on dotara as much as his contagious on-stage energy. Akkash’s set was heart-warming, with a superb rendition of Manush bhoje je jona. Satyananda Das Baul’s set reflected his maturity and excellent modulation.
While Haradhan Das’s Hrid Majhare was the concluding song, performances spilled on to the adjoining akhras, and the festival carried on long after it was officially over.

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1070110/asp/calcutta/story_7239817.asp








Border melts in Tagore Nobel celebration
Times of India‎ - 12 Dec 2013
TNN | Dec 13, 2013, 03.54AM IST
KOLKATA: Top Bangladeshi singers like Nandita Yasmin, Shama Rahman, Aditi Mohsin and Iffat Ara Dewan will be in town this week to mark the centenary of Rabindranath Tagore's Nobel.

Organized by Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture as part of its annual cultural event 'Aspirations', the nine-day extravaganza includes a play reading of Noor Jahan and a play adaptation of Sri Aurobindo's short story 'The Phantom Hour'. It will be inaugurated by Khondaker Showkat Hossain, secretary, ministry of housing and public works, Bangladesh on Saturday at the lush green ashram near Tollygunge.

Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) and Bengal Foundation are joining hands with Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture to celebrate the Nobel centenary, where eminent artists, intellectuals and cultural doyens from both sides of the border will interact with each other.
One of the highlights is a lecture by professor Anisuzzaman, a veteran of the Liberation War, who was responsible for the Bengali part of the Bangladesh Constitution. Another unique event is the play reading of Dwijendralal Roy's 'Noorjahan' by Supriti Mukhopadhyay, embellished with Swastika Mukhopadhyay's songs. One of Roy's best known plays, it has Noorjahan plotting revenge against emperor Jahangir.

Some of the finest Rabindrasangeet exponents from Bangladesh like Aditi Mohsin and Iffat Ara Dewan will perform during the nine-day festival, along with Baul singers Satyananda Das and Hori Dasi. There will be a tribute to Manna Dey by S F Karim, Abhijit Bandyopadhyay, Tarun Majumder, Haimanti Sukla, Pallav Ghosh and Santanu Basu.

Aspirations traditionally showcases arts and crafts of South Asia. This time, there are several organizations, including Auroville, and Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation, bringing products like medicinal and organic textiles and hand-made, natural personal care products.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/Border-melts-in-Tagore-Nobel-celebration/articleshow/27254372.cms

Aspiration 2005 - annual celebration of dance, music and culture
http://www.sriaurobindoinstitute.org/container/cultural/exhibitions/aspiration/2005/080105


Aspiration - annual celebration of culture, music and dance

Satyananda Das Baul at Aspiration 2004
http://www.sriaurobindoinstitute.org/container/cultural/exhibitions/aspiration/overview


ASIAN FESTA in Roppongi Hills 2008, Tokyo, Japan


http://www.roppongihills.com/jp/events/asiansummer2008festa.html


Namaste India Tokyo 2010

Satyananda Das is a prominent BAUL singer and composer from West Bengal, India. He has captivated august audiences by his wide range voice, dulcet tunes and dynamic dance and has caused ripples in the world of imaginative music. Satyananda Das & Hori Dasi, his partner have been absorbed in searching for the universal soul (paramatma). Their "Chaitania mantra" guru is Sri Haripada Goswami, who is a centenarian mentor and a perfect preceptor towards the "sadhana". Satyananda Das had traveled across the length and breadth of India with his music. He performed before thousands of audiences in England (WOMAD Festival) and other European countriesin in 1997 and 1999. In Germany (Festival of Sacred Music) he won the hearts of audiences on his visit there in 2003. Satyananda & Hori performed in Japan in 2004, 2007 (Baul Songs from Bengal), 2008 (Asian Festa in Tokyo), 2009 (World Music and Dance Festival in Hakodate, ECLIPSE 2009/Total solar eclipse music festival in Amami), in South Korea in 2007, 2008 (Mime Festival). In 2010, they went to Australia, and participated in Sydney Writers Festival, Nine Lives Concert at Sydney Opera House. Satyananda Das has mesmerized the world audience with his deep melodious voice and kept the rich tradition of Bengali BAUL music alive.

http://www.indofestival.com/10/shutsuen/stageE_list3.html


World Music and Dance Festival in Hakodate 2009

India

In 2005, the Baul tradition was included in the list of "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO.  Satyananda Das has mesmerised world audiences with his deep melodious voice and kept the rich tradition of Bengali Baul music alive.

http://2009.wmdf.org/en/lineup/2009/artist/-satyananda-das-hori-dasi.php