Album: Paban Das Baul, Music of the Honey Gatherers (TUGCD)

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When the sound of a Baul's voice enters the ear, it's said that an inner tree awakens inside the body, and seven flowers bloom, and from these the "honey" of mystical energy emanates.

These minstrel-mystics of the Indo-Gangetic plain are exquisitely presented here: Paban's voice has a ringing sweetness as he trades proverbs, laments his brother's early death, exults in his spiritual freedom, and expectantly addresses God. No surprise that "Baul" should mean "one who is possessed by the wind".