COLUMN 105, MAY 1, 2004
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Krishnendu das aka Babukishan comes from an old and
very traditional Baul folklore family. His grandfather, Guru Shri Nabani Das
Baul, was a much celebrated singer and poet that was instrumental in bringing
the Baul culture to fame with the respected and admired status it enjoys today.
Nabani Das Baul often collaborated with the writer of India's National Anthem, a
great poet, and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, Rabindranath
Tagore. In popularizing the music of the Baul.
Nabani Das Baul opened the doors for his people to the
world. In keeping with this tradition. Babukishan's father, Samrat Purna Das
Baul, a modern, popular legend among the Bauls, opened up the doors even further
by collaborating and jamming in live performances with the top Western and
European acts of the 20th century.
Babukishan, deeply inspired by his Father and
Grandfather, knew at an early age he too wished to compose and perform. He began
on the soil of Bengal but clearly he was destined to belong to the world of
music. His journey started in early childhood when he joined his mother, Manju
Das, and his father, Puma Das, playing and singing Baul music in global
festivals. Despite the many world tours, Babu also found the time to study
Indian philosophy and Folk music at the University of Kolkata where he
eventually secured both his BA and Masters degrees.
So it was that his formal professional career in music
began with his family. He toured with Bob Dylan's The Band East & West
tour in 1985. In addition, Babukishan has performed with other international
artists such as Alice Cooper, Rolling Stones,Tom Petty, Miles Davis, Allan
Fakir, George Harrison, Herbie Mann, Third World, Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson
and many others.
Though the subsequent years, Babu put this solid
foundation in music to good use by composing and performing in all areas of
India's entertainment industry as well as in a variety of venues worldwide.
Then, in keeping with his early dreams of a unique style of his own, he turned
to the music of the western world that he had become so familiar with in his
early years of performance. His use of Baul &
Babukishan has also worked with top Indian
musicians/singers and music directors such as R.D.Burman, Ravi Shankar, Sultan
Khan and Zakir Hussain.
As a composer, Babukishan has written the music for
several albums, TV serials and films, earning a good reputation as one of the
most promising composer in
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