Artist Profiles: Babukishan

Babukishan

Krishnendu Das (a.k.a. Babukishan) is a music designer, singer and author from India. He was born September 27, 1962.

Babukishan comes from a family background of traditional folk music artists. His grandfather, guru shri Nabani das Baul, worked with the great poet Rabindranath Tagore. His father is the legendary baul Samrat purna das, Purna Das Baul, the first baul singer (folk singer) of India who spread this culture throughout the world.

Babukishan
At an early age, Babukishan joined several youth folk festivals that traveled throughout the world from 1980 to 2002 as music composer, musician and singer. He also 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, Tom Petty, Miles Davis, Dharma Bums, Allan Fakir, fusion band Sosoo, George Harrison, Herbie Mann, reggae group Third World, Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson and many others.

Babukishan has also worked with top Indian musicians/singers and music directors such as R.D.Burman, Zakir Hussain , V. Laya, Shankar.

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 the Bollywood (Indian cinema) music &film industry of India. In his recordings, Babukishan features folk music, romantic songs, pop songs, ghazals, Qawwali music, new age, fusion, Sufi music and bhajans (devotional songs).

He is the first singer and music composer from the rich baul family tradition to venture into fusion music by combining baul/sufi music with western music and reggae music. Babukishan produced and directed two documentary films about folk music and he wrote a book titled “The Bauls of Bengal.” Babukishan founded the band “Birds” that combines new age, world music/traditional folk and fusion music.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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