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Baul Satyananda Das at "Bhasha Utsav 2015", Bangla Akademi, Kolkata

Baul Music at sydney opera house, 19th, May, 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.

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

Satyananda Das Baul at Gorbhanga, Nadia, West Bengal, India © 2014 Leonid Plotkin
Gorbhanga, India — Baul Satyananda Das in Gorbhanga.  The word Baul probably derives from the Sanskrit term Vatula — meaning mad or insane. Perhaps it is was originally a pejorative term that Hindus and Muslims used to describe these people who rejected religious orthodoxy and tradition.  But to be “mad” can also be a mark of vision and clarity, as amongst the medieval “holy fools” that once existed in Europe or the wandering dervishes and Sufi mystics in Asia.  The “mad” man perceives things that the “sane” man is too blinkered to notice.
You may listen to Satyananda Das singing here.

Mad, mad,
We are all mad.
Why is this word so derogatory then?
Diving deep into the heart’s stream
you will find
that no one is better
than the one who is mad.
Some are mad after wealth
And others for glory.
Some go mad
with poverty,
others with aesthetic forms
and the flavors of feelings.
Some are madly in love.
And some of those who go mad
Only laugh or cry.
The glamour of madness is great.

Mad, mad!
Madness, does not grow
On the tree,
But only when
Fake and fact
Are meaningless,
And all, being equal,
Are bittersweet.


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

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.

Satyananda Das Baul.AVI - YouTube Satyananda Das Baul @ Baul Fakir Utsav 2011- Shatigarh, Jadavpur, Calcutta.

Satyananda Das Baul at Joydev Kenduli Mela 2014
Baradyam, kerala, 9th February 2014

Bengali news paper -ebela, 5th February 2014

Live at SAIoC - Satyananda Baul - 13.Jan.2013 - YouTube
2013/02/10 - Offering of Baul Songs by Satyananda Baul Occasion: Cultural event on 13.Jan.2013 Venue: Sri Aurobindo Institute of Culture (SAIoC)

Border melts in Tagore Nobel celebration
Times of India‎ - 12 Dec 2013

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.

Aspiration 2005 - annual celebration of dance, music and culture

Aspiration - annual celebration of culture, music and dance

Satyananda Das Baul at Aspiration 2004

ASIAN FESTA in Roppongi Hills 2008, Tokyo, Japan

Namaste India Tokyo 2010

Baul Artist - Satyananda Das Baul, India
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.

World Music and Dance Festival in Hakodate 2009


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.