Purna Das Baul
Purna Das Baul is considered
by many to be the current Father of the Baul music world. He
is the son of Nabani das Khyapa Baul. Born in Ekchakka,
Birbhum, west Bengal. From early childhood on he accompanied
his father, Nabani, travelling and playing music with him.
As a young man his travels allowed him to spread Baul songs
from the villages of Bengal to Europe and finally to North
America. With the age of information in full swing, he began
to create documentation of the Baul philosophy and history
by acting and playing in films, cutting records, and
travelling outside of India. The elite of the music industry
took notice and he began to perform with industry legends
like Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, George Harrison, Peter Gabriel
and many more. Purna Das
is not just a musician but a Baul emissary. His efforts have
created a viable and concrete platform for Bauls in India
and abroad to excel and to further have their message heard.
Purna Das Baul is an admirable practitioner of his
tradition. His natural charisma and his obvious spiritual
energy attract people to him wherever he goes.