Baul Singer: Satyananda Das/ photograph by Koji kubota
☆Satyananda Das & Hori Dasi ( Radharani sampraday, Group Anandalahari )
Satyananda Das is a Baul singer and composer from West Bengal, India. He is known for his rich repertory of old baul songs, and good at the tradition based improvisation. He has put melodies to Bhaba Pagla's lyrics a lot. He has captivated audiences by his wide range voice, dulcet tunes and dynamic dance, and has caused ripples in the world of imaginative music.
He plays baul instruments -Duggie, Ektara and Ghungur mainly with his singing and dancing. He plays Anandalahari, Khonjori, Dotara, Shri khol, and Korotal also.
His initiator guru (dikshya guru) had been Sri Bhagaban Das and his spiritual teacher (sikshya guru, sannyas guru) had been Sri Krishnananda Goswami. Right from childhood, he had taken up the path of austere endeavor. He had many gurus of music also. His primary guru of BAUL music had been Sri Bhuban mohan Das. He had groomed up by foster mother Radharani Goswami.
Satyananda Das & Hori Dasi(his partner, plays korotal) have been absorbed in searching for the universal soul (paramatma). Their "Chaitania mantra" guru is Sri Haripada Goswami, who is a centenarian mentor and a perfect preceptor towards the "sadhana". With the help of appropriate guru, has Satyananda & Hori been able to carry on their successful strides.
The colorful cultural heritage of these immortal Bengali BAUL songs date back hundreds of years into history. The singular objective of such arduous endeavor is to realize one's own self, (through the preaching of a perfect guru), to visualize the human body as a sacred shrine. It is only then that knowledge of the universe infiltrates into the heart.
Satyananda Das had traveled across the length and breadth of India with his music. He performed before thousands of audiences in England (WOMAD Festival) and other European countries (Switzerland, Holland, France, etc.) with the fabulous world-renowned baul singer Paban Das Baul in 1997, 1999. In Germany (Festival of Sacred Music) he won the hearts of audiences on his visit there in 2003. Satyananda & Hori performed in Japan in 2004, 2007 (Baul Songs from Bengal), 2008 (Asian Festa in Tokyo, Namaste India in Tokyo), 2009 (World Music and Dance Festival in Hakodate, ECLIPSE 2009/Total solar eclipse music festival in Amami, Gifu Sangeet Mela, Diwali in Yokohama), 2010 (Asian Puja in Osaka, Namaste India in Nagoya, Oguni Connnect Fes, Bakugenjinmura Full Moon Festival), in South Korea in 2007, 2008 (Mime Festival, India Festival at Gwangju Indian Musiam), in India in 2006, 2008, 2009 (Nikhil Bharat Banga Sahitya Sammelan), 2012, 2013, 2014 (Sangeet Mela in Kolkata). In 2010, they went to Australia and participated in Sydney Writers Festival, Nine Lives Concert at Sydney Opera House. He has awarded 'Lalon Samman' at All Bangla Lalon Mela 2014. Satyananda Das has mesmerized the world audience with his deep melodious voice and kept the rich tradition of Bengali baul music alive.
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