"Where did you hide,
the love of my life ?"
From a baul song entitled
"I am your Gopika", written by Jogmaya Vaishnavi
1st june - 2nd august
Parvathy Baul will be touring in Europe in summer 2019. This tour will blend together Madhukori concerts, teaching workshops and sharing time with community. Between 1st July and 2nd August, Parvathy will visit Italy, Denmark, UK, Spain and France.
After having studied in the traditional master-student relationship for many years under her gurus Sri Sanatan Das Baul and Shashanko Goshai, Parvathy is considered today a master of this ancient wisdom.
The Baul path combines traditional yoga and music, respect for the feminine and fierce opposition to the caste system and other made-man divisions.
The Bauls consider the human body as a means to the direct experience of the Divine. Their bhakti practice includes yoga, devotion, singing, music composition, poetry; they practice various musical instruments such as ektara, dotara, ankle bells, drums.
Their songs transmit the ancient wisdoms, speak of unconditional love, yearning for the Beloved and testify of serenity that can be found through discrimination and practice.
Parvathy Baul is a highly praised internationally known musician and singer who has received recently the most prestigious Sangeet Natak Academy Award from the President of India.
" Half Krishna, half Kali,
you reside in Brindavan
You are mother of the universe,
worshipped by yogis,
You fulfil wishes of one who surrenders
Let me call your name and sit in
meditation on your lap "
From "Ek baar biraajo go maa"
(baul song) Poet unknown
She travels and works internationally today in order to find support and funds to build the Learning Center and Archives of the Baul Tradition: Sanatan Siddhashram, near Santiniketan, West Bengal and for the charitable activities taking place there already.
This Gurukul which is a vision she has received from her master Sri Sanatan Das Baul, aims to preserve the memory of the Baul tradition, and provide a teaching space for the future generations. In fact, this tradition, considered as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity by Unesco, is today largely weakened.
All the proceeds from the concerts will go towards serving the mission entrusted to Parvathy by her master. Thus, she is following the Madhukori tradition of the itinerant Baul singers.
Madhukori, in the Baul tradition, is the practice of going to villages and receiving alms in exchange for singing poems of love and longing to the Divine. The word madhukori means “gathering honey” and refers to the nectar brought by bees to the beehive. In a similar way, the traditional wandering Bauls nourished the hearts of villagers with song and brought back to their communities gifts of rice and vegetables as well as respect and gratitude.
Video of Parvathy Baul