About Parvathy Baul

Parvathy Baul is a singer, painter and storyteller from West Bengal. After receiving her initial music and dance training during her childhood, she studied visual arts at the Kala Bhavan at Shantiniketan, the university founded by Rabindranath Tagore.

Her meeting with the living tradition of Baul prompted her to choose the path of self-training in the Baul order rather than an institutional degree.

Since 1995 she has performed in her home state Bengal and all over India. She was also invited to participate in several international festivals including Festival de l’imaginaire (Paris), Festival international du Conte et du Monodrame (Beirut, Libanon), and Ethnomad (Geneva, Switzerland).

Her guest appearances include prestigeous venues like the Noh theatre at

Kyoto (Japan) together with Kamigata-mai and Kyogen Performers, the World Music Center New York, Chicago University, and Bread and Puppet Theatre (Vermont).

She has contributed Baul songs, woodcut prints, and a documentary video to the new South Asian department, Tropenmuseum Amsterdam, (The Netherlands), 2008-18.

“Kerala and Bengal have for long shared many commonalities. Now, an artiste couple from the two states adds a new dimension to it” … Read more in the interview by Renu Ramanath: A rootless singer met a puppeteer >> pdf version >> (88 KB)

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“Reviews in different Media”

Review on The Week (September 20, 2009)

“Her free spirit is a lifesaver to the listener, emitting an aura of hope and relief. … The picture panels in front of which she performs are done by her, and belong to the rare Hamzanama series, kept in select museums across the world. She dances, swirling with her duggi and ek tara, and singing… ….the bonds of time, body and even of ourselves,’ she says. To be free. ” – Aparna Nair in The Week (September 20, 2009)

Review on : The New Indian Express (City Express Chennai) 5 February 2008

“… …Cladded in a saffron colour traditional wear, playing ektara and duggi along with jigs, she resembled Bhakta Meera conversing with the lord. Baul is a type of folk song, carrying influences of Hindu bhakti movements as well as the suphi, a form of Sufi song.” -Smitha Peter in The New Indian Express (City Express Chennai) 5 February 2008

Review on The Week (September 20, 2009)

“Her free spirit is a lifesaver to the listener, emitting an aura of hope and relief. … The picture panels in front of which she performs are done by her, and belong to the rare Hamzanama series, kept in select museums across the world. She dances, swirling with her duggi and ek tara, and singing. This she would do for the theatre workshop for which she was preparing to go to Rome. … How does she manage her stardom and her life as a Baul? ‘Are they separate? We need to break free from the chains of our mind—the bonds of time, body and even of ourselves,’ she says. To be free. ” – Aparna Nair in The Week (September 20, 2009)

Review on : The New Indian Express (City Express Chennai) 5 February 2008

“Parvathy Baul, a well known baul artist from West Bengal, enthralled the viewers with the energy and spirituality in her performance. The high-pitched voice was able to reach even the last row without the help of microphones. Cladded in a saffron colour traditional wear, playing ektara and duggi along with jigs, she resembled Bhakta Meera conversing with the lord. Baul is a type of folk song, carrying influences of Hindu bhakti movements as well as the suphi, a form of Sufi song.” -Smitha Peter in The New Indian Express (City Express Chennai) 5 February 2008


Review on : http://cities.expressindia.com/

Ruhaniyat Sufi & Mystic Songs, Vol II, Ninaad Music
“… …The listener couldn’t have asked for a better way to end this wonderful compilation as Parvathy Baul strums her Ektaara, blending it beautifully with her unique voice in Tore rang dilo. One of the few remaining women to practice Baul, Parvathy’s voice is rich with skill and emotion that is bound to touch the listener with its unforced brilliance.” … …- Paroma Mukherjee in Express Features Service ARTBEAT RHYTHM `N’ VIEWS http://cities.expressindia.com/

An interview of Parvathy Baul by webindia123.com

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