You must die, if you really want to live. In this intense song and conversation about living and dying, Parvathy speaks and sings this paradoxical truth, which is called the ‘simple path’ to liberation!
If there is an embodiment of intensity, Parvathy is it. As our friend, as an advisor, as a fiery challenger, she has brought us into deeper touch with ourselves. This recording was made as part of our week-long immersion with Parvathy at her home and akhada on the outskirts of Trivandrum in September 2011. She warmly welcomed us, housed us, fed us, and sang for us and spoke to us with great depth and insight about the Baul path and about life itself. An experience that we still carry with us.
Parvathy Baul is a Baul singer and saadhika, painter and storyteller from Bengal and has been a disciple of Shashanko Goshai and Sanatan Das Baul. She currently lives in Trivandrum, Kerala.
This is one of a series of uploads for Ajab Shahar, an upcoming webspace dedicated to mystic poem and song, currently under construction by the Kabir Project team (www.ajabshahar.org; www.kabirproject.org)
Ektara, Duggi and Vocals: Parvathy Baul
English & Hindi song translations: Vipul Rikhi
Translation guidance: Parvathy Baul
Hindi interview translation: Maitreyee Chakravarty & Vipul Rikhi
Cameras: Smriti Chanchani & Aarthi Parthasarathy
Editing & Sound: Aarthi Parthasarathy
Sub-Titling: Maitreyee Chakravarty, Anand Baskaran & Vipul Rikhi
Collection: The Kabir Project
Date of Recording: September, 2011
Facebook Page: Ajab Shahar