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Boul of Bengal...

By debu    
Bauls are a religious and cultural group of India, best known for their songs and poems to the god who dwells within. The term "Baul" is usually understood to mean "madman" or religious ecstatic, and Bauls often describe themselves as crazy for God. Referred to as the Baul Samrat, Purna Das Baul, introduced Baul songs to the West during an eight-month tour of the US in 1965 with stars like Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Paul Robeson, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, et al. Dubbed "India's Bob Dylan" by the New York Times in 1984, Purna Das Baul has played with Bob Marley, Gordon Lightfoot and Mahalia Jackson and the likes.

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Voters: NDODS, RonnieAG, netta1234 and 28 more

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2014 7:37AM
An interesting character, very well captured and presented.

Thanks for sharing

Regards Nathan

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
29 Jun 2014 7:47AM
An interesting intro to accompany your full length portrait shot of this chap, Debu.
Rich colours and well exposed.
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
29 Jun 2014 8:00AM
A brilliant ,colourful image of a very interesting looking manSmile
KingBee Plus
12 529 2 Scotland
29 Jun 2014 8:14AM
Great image and narrative.


LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2014 9:35AM
Excellent portrait and a fascinating narrative.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2014 9:39AM
he looks a real character
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2014 9:56AM
A fantastic portrait of one of your colourful people with such interesting narrative.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
29 Jun 2014 10:13AM
Excellent picture and the words make it so interesting too.
A first class image

29 Jun 2014 11:37AM
very fine capture Debu

Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
29 Jun 2014 1:35PM
An interesting write up Debu and a great portrait of him.
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2014 1:56PM
An interesting man who's spread his musical culture for others to enjoy. Great picture of him Debu.
Jat_Riski 9 89 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2014 2:30PM
Great image Mr Debu.
29 Jun 2014 3:27PM
A prominent image.

A small suggestion. Don't go for Auto Enhance . The sky will never be blue as desired.
Lovely portrait and narrative.

Bantu 4 7 1 India
30 Jun 2014 4:26AM
Great indian tradition ,very well captured.

Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2014 5:33AM
Thank you for the information given...
He must be quite an amazing singer to sing with and for those big Stars... WOW!
Lovely light in this portrait with a very colourful capture. Well done Debu.
18 Jul 2014 12:33AM
Excellent portrait Debu.

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