“We say in the Baul tradition that the male ego is much more fragile than the female. So we say, become strong, as strong as a woman. … In a way, men are very afraid of women. Because women are very giving. They are ready to offer themselves. Because of this capacity of compassion and love, the motherly aspect, that already exists in women. It’s a very special quality. Men have to seek it out in themselves.” – Parvathy Baul
In this remarkable song and reflection on gender, Parvathy speaks and sings about the power of giving, of surrender, of the egoless state, and how it is ultimately more powerful and more spiritually rewarding than the walls created by the personality or ego.
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, 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
Song Translation (English): Shabnam Virmani
Translation (Hindi): Vipul Rikhi & Maitreyee Chakravarty
Translation Support: Arnab Basu & Puja Kaul
Cameras: Smriti Chanchani & Aarthi Parthasarathy
Editing & Sound: Aarthi Parthasarathy
Sub-Titling: Maitreyee Chakravarty, Anand Baskaran, Mukesh Kulariya, Vipul Rikhi
Collection: The Kabir Project
Date of Recording: September, 2011
Facebook Page: Ajab Shahar