The second edition of Dhaka International Folk Festival will close on Saturday with a performance by noted Indian baul singer Paban Das Baul, credited with pioneering baul music on the global stage through his unique folk-fusion style and collaborations with European musicians.
He will perform around 11pm at the Army Stadium – venue for the three-day event – along with the UK-based musicians Sam Mills and Susheela Rahman.
Paban has earlier collaborated with Sam to produce some fusion songs such as Bashundharar Buke and Dil Ki Doya Hoy Na, for which he received critical acclaim.
Born in 1961 in Murshidabad in West Bengal, India, Paban Das Baul was inspired by his father to foray into the realm of mystical songs. At the age of 14, he took lessons on baul philosophy and music from Subal Das Baul.
Subsequently, he started performing across India and then at the international level.
In 1988, Paban Das Baul started collaborating with Sam Mills, a London-born guitarist who had performed with the avant-garde group 23 Skidoo between 1979 and 1982. Their collaboration resulted in the acclaimed album Real Sugar in 1997.
Paban also collaborated with the London-based State of Bengal and Susheela Raman.
Real Sugar, Inner Knowledge, and Paban Das Baul - Music of The Honey Gatherers are some famous fusion albums produced by Paban Das in collaboration with western musicians.
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