Paban Das Baul is a Westernized baul who speaks several languages, including Bengali, Hindi, English and French. He is also an accomplished painter.
As well as a singer, Paban is a virtuoso of the dubki, a small but loud tambourine. He also plays the dotara – a small, fretless lute; the ektara, a one-string instrument; a high-frequency bell; and a pitch-shifting drum called the khomuk.
Real Sugar (Real World, 1997)
Inner Knowledge (Womad Select, 1997)
State of Bengal vs. Paban Das Baul (Real World, 2004)
Tana Tani – Push & Pull (Real World, 2004)
Music Of The Honey Gatherers (Riverboat Records)
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several 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 and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.