Artist Profiles: Paban Das Baul

Paban Das Baul

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 music for many years. He founded the websites and 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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