Debdas Baul on Bhaskar Bhattacharjya, documentary filmmaker, who worked on the bauls.
Debdas Baul, singer and songwriter who lives in Bolpur, is a much travelled man who has seen the world and has had long association with many researchers and filmmakers at home and abroad, including Deben Bhattacharya, Georges Luneau, Andrei Jewell , Sam Mills, Susheela Raman, William Dalrymple, Ruchir Joshi, Vasudha Joshi and, of course, Bhaskar Bhattacharya. Bhaskar, maverick writer and filmmaker, who was based in Delhi but also had a home in London, served as a conduit for both bauls and Western researchers in their journeys into each other’s worlds from the 1970s to the time of his untimely death in 2006.. With Bhaskarda, Debdas Baul was specially close and he had even briefly taken a job in a television company in Delhi on Bhaskarda’s request. BITV, which was modelled on Channel 4, but which never saw the light of day, had commissioned many film projects in the 1990s and Debdas Baul was the research guide for several of them.
This conversation with Debdas Baul in the presence of other bauls took place in his home in Bolpur on 17 November 2009.
Here Debdas Baul talks about Bhaskar Bhattacharya.
THE PATH OF THE MYSTIC LOVER : Baul song of passion & Ecstasy
by Bhaskar Bhattacharya
- Sound Expeditions : Recording Tarak Das Baul in Kenduli
- Letters from Mainadal
- Raka Banerjee – Songs from the Tea Gardens
- Mary Frances Dunham’s work on jarigan songs.
- Muhammad Ali Ahsan’s recordings, আলীর ডাইরি
- Surojit Sen writes about his experience of engaging with fakiri songs
- Video extracts from Ruchir Joshi’s 1992 film on the bauls, Egaro Mile (Eleven Miles) and his letter about making the film
- Soumya Chakravarti account of recording folk singer Anantabala Baishnabi in 1968.
- Arnold Bake’s 1932-33 films and audio recordings from Bengal
- Moushumi and Sukanta interview Amy Catlin Jairazbhoy
- Extracts from Khaled Chowdhury’s interview