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Bauls of Bengale

Viswanatah Das Bâul

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Album Review

The Bâuls are ascetic singers and musicians who travel the country of Bengale (or Bangladesh) singing about divine love. They started to travel the country around the eleventh century. The major influences of their music have been Tantric Buddhism, Sufism, and Vishnuism, yet they remain free of spirit, refusing to follow any specific religious rules, dogmas, or conventions. As strict ascetics, they have nothing, except their musical instruments; they beg for food while singing and playing. They develop a particular type of music and poetry, for which they are known all around India. They still write new poems and compose new music. The great Indian poet, Tagore, draw a great part of his inspiration in Bâul poetry. The instruments they use are simple and rudimentary, and they make them themselves using coconut shell, bamboo, gourd, metal cans, etc. Although they sometimes play in a group, they generally sing alone, accompanying themselves with all their different instruments. ~ Bruno Deschênes, Rovi

Bauls of Bengale, Viswanatah Das Bâul
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: World, Music, Asia
  • Released: 01 January 1998

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