This song is a cry for madness. A call to take the plunge. And when Radha called out to “Kaala!”, her Dark Beloved, in a frenzy of intoxicated love on the last night of the Rajasthan Kabir Yatra, every fibre of Parvathy’s being seemed to personify her. A hush settled into the restive audience.
Parvathy tells us that this song is by an unknown fakir from Bangladesh, and describes the last few moments of Radha’s life, just before she walks into the dark waters of Yamuna river, mistaking it to be her Dark One, her beloved Krishna.
Parvathy Baul is a Baul singer, practitioner, painter and storyteller from Bengal and has been a disciple of Shashanko Goshai and Sanatan Das Baul. She currently lives in Trivandrum, Kerala.
Parvathy electrified audiences at the Rajasthan Kabir Yatra, a travelling festival which toured 7 villages with 13 singers of Bhakti, Sufi and Baul poetry in Feb 2012. The Yatra was organized by Lokayan in Bikaner (www.lokayan.org) in partnership with the Kabir Project, Bangalore.
This is one of a series of upcoming uploads for Ajab Shahar, a ‘wondrous’ web city dedicated to mystic poem and song, currently under construction by the Kabir Project team (www.ajabshahar.org; www.kabirproject.org)
Ektara, Duggi, Vocals & Dance: Parvathy Baul
Translation: Shabnam Virmani
Cameras: Aarthi Parthasarathy & Smriti Chanchani
Editing: Aarthi Parthasarathy
Sound: Atirek Pandey
Sub-Titling: Nandini Nayyar & Shabnam Virmani
Collection: The Kabir Project
Place: Bikaner, Rajasthan, India
Date of Recording: 29 Feb, 2015
Facebook Page: Ajab Shahar