About Ekathara Kalari

Ekathara Kalari is a space for sadhakas from the traditional knowledge streams of art, spirituality, theatre, puppetry, music and healing. Merging the concepts of the ‘Akhara’, a space for Baul practitioners from the Bengali tradition, and the ‘Kalari’, the traditional Kerala theatre practice space. It was founded by Shri. Ravi Gopalan Nair and Smt. Parvathy Baul in 1997.

About Ekathara Kalari

Ekathara Kalari is a space for sadhakas from the traditional knowledge streams of art, spirituality, theatre, puppetry, music and healing. Merging the concepts of the ‘Akhara’, a space for Baul practitioners from the Bengali tradition, and the ‘Kalari’, the traditional Kerala theatre practice space. It was founded by Shri. Ravi Gopalan Nair and Smt. Parvathy Baul in 1997.

Baul Gyan Darpan 2018

Baul Gyan Darpan is an annual retreat that offers an immersive experience with Baul Masters over the duration of a week. This year the retreat will take place for the first time at Sanatan Siddhashram, our Gurukul near Shantiniketan, Bengal. The last night will be a Baul Mela where all are welcome to witness the magic and madness of Bauls singing till dawn.

Baul Gyan Darpan 2018

Baul Gyan Darpan is an annual retreat that offers an immersive experience with Baul Masters over the duration of a week. This year the retreat will take place for the first time at Sanatan Siddhashram, our Gurukul near Shantiniketan, Bengal. The last night will be a Baul Mela where all are welcome to witness the magic and madness of Bauls singing till dawn.

O Re Mon Tui Ki Korili
Poet: Swarup | Performer: Madan Das Bairagya

In this video, he sings the poem ‘O Re Mon Tui Ki Korili’ (O my mind, what have you done?) by the poet Swarup. This song belongs to the Group of songs titled Mono Shikha, which could be translated as Conversation with the self. This song is very non-conformist in nature, and can sound counter-traditional, but the uniqueness of the Baul songs is to hold many layers of meaning. Towards the end of the song, one can find complete compassion and melting of the heart of a Bhakta. The Baul masters shared their inner experiences through their poems, which is spoken in a straight simple language, using examples and metaphors from everyday life and this song too resonates this aspect.

O Re Mon Tui Ki Korili
Poet: Swarup | Performer: Madan Das Bairagya

In this video, he sings the poem ‘O Re Mon Tui Ki Korili’ (O my mind, what have you done?) by the poet Swarup. This song belongs to the Group of songs titled Mono Shikha, which could be translated as Conversation with the self. This song is very non-conformist in nature, and can sound counter-traditional, but the uniqueness of the Baul songs is to hold many layers of meaning. Towards the end of the song, one can find complete compassion and melting of the heart of a Bhakta. The Baul masters shared their inner experiences through their poems, which is spoken in a straight simple language, using examples and metaphors from everyday life and this song too resonates this aspect.

Hridoyo Pinjore Boshe
Poet: Deen Khyapa | Performer: Biswanath Das Baul

In this video, he sings the poem ‘Hridoyo Pinjore Boshe’ (Sitting in the cage of my heart) by the poet Deen Khyapa. This is a pure devotional song belonging to the Group of songs titled Mono Shikha, which could be translated as Conversation with the Self. He is accompanied by Lokhon Das Baul on the dotara and Nitai Das on the dubki. This song was performed during an evening session during the Baul Gyan Darpan 2015, organised by Ekathara Kalari in collaboration with Aurodhan Art Gallery, Pondicherry.

Hridoyo Pinjore Boshe
Poet: Deen Khyapa | Performer: Biswanath Das Baul

In this video, he sings the poem ‘Hridoyo Pinjore Boshe’ (Sitting in the cage of my heart) by the poet Deen Khyapa. This is a pure devotional song belonging to the Group of songs titled Mono Shikha, which could be translated as Conversation with the Self. He is accompanied by Lokhon Das Baul on the dotara and Nitai Das on the dubki. This song was performed during an evening session during the Baul Gyan Darpan 2015, organised by Ekathara Kalari in collaboration with Aurodhan Art Gallery, Pondicherry.

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Bhumi Puja at Sanatan Siddhashram

With the blessings of the Gurus, the Bhumi Puja for the upcoming Gurukul – Sanatan Siddhashram, near Shantiniketan was completed on the morning of 8th June, 2017. The Puja was graced by many great Sadhakas, Goshais and Bauls, artists, beloved friends and loved ones, and people from the nearby villages. Devaki Ma, disciple of Yogi Ramsuratkumar, stepped out of her Ashram for the first time in 25 years to grace this occasion.

The first bricks were installed, first saplings planted and the Bhogarati that took place in the now empty pond, filled the land with resonating energy from the music of so many Bauls singing together. Bahauddin Dagar’s Rudraveena was the first music the land was blessed to receive, and the entire atmosphere rejoiced with the powerful vibrations of prayer and music that will carry this journey of the Gurukul ever onward. Joy Guru.

Bhumi Puja at Sanatan Siddhashram

With the blessings of the Gurus, the Bhumi Puja for the upcoming Gurukul – Sanatan Siddhashram, near Shantiniketan was completed on the morning of 8th June, 2017. The Puja was graced by many great Sadhakas, Goshais and Bauls, artists, beloved friends and loved ones, and people from the nearby villages. Devaki Ma, disciple of Yogi Ramsuratkumar, stepped out of her Ashram for the first time in 25 years to grace this occasion.

The first bricks were installed, first saplings planted and the Bhogarati that took place in the now empty pond, filled the land with resonating energy from the music of so many Bauls singing together. Bahauddin Dagar’s Rudraveena was the first music the land was blessed to receive, and the entire atmosphere rejoiced with the powerful vibrations of prayer and music that will carry this journey of the Gurukul ever onward. Joy Guru.

Sahaj Madhuri

Sahaj Madhuri is a biannual newsletter, published online from Ekathara Kalari Gurukul based in Trivandrum, Kerala. Through these editions we discuss one’s own inner search through Baul Sadhana. We create possibilities for the Baul Anuragee to have more insight into the Baul life and work. In the future, we will include more happenings in the Baul world.

Sahaj Madhuri

Sahaj Madhuri is a biannual newsletter, published online from Ekathara Kalari Gurukul based in Trivandrum, Kerala. Through these editions we discuss one’s own inner search through Baul Sadhana. We create possibilities for the Baul Anuragee to have more insight into the Baul life and work. In the future, we will include more happenings in the Baul world.