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Bengali Baul Band Brahmya Khyapa Live Concert Sahaj ManushSAHAJ MANUSH PRESENTED BY BRAHMAKHYAPA

A video report from the Event

By Subhomoy Mukherjee, WBRi Kolkata Correspondent

Bengali Baul Band Brahmya Khyapa Live Concert Sahaj ManushBRAHMAKHYAPA, the popular baul band organized a gala evening packed with baul songs on May 22, 2010 at Gyan Manch from 6 PM to 9 PM where eminent baul singers performed along with a guest performance by eminent city band CHANDRABINDOO. 

Artist SHUVAPRASANNA felicitated great baul exponent SUBOL DAS BAUL for his contribution to the Baul music and philosophy for 50 long years.

The evening turned out to be a complete extravaganza of baul tradition and deliberation. Apart from baul followers, enthusiasts and music lovers, artists from all spheres were present to grace the occasion.

Brahmakhyepa deserve to be congratulated by all for this non-profitable venture to uplift the traditional baul music and culture, which is at the verge of extinction. "We all need to put our hands together in our own way to save this exclusive culture sect of Bengal", say Brahmakhyepa.

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Brahmakhyapa is actually Brahma and khyapa together i.e. MALABIKA BRAHMA and SANJAY BHATTACHERJEE.

Malabika Brahma is the lead vocalist of Brahmakhyapa. She grew up singing Indian Classical Music and Rabindrasangeet. Her training in music continued but as she grew Up she became inclined towards rock n roll and blues music. It was only when she met her soul mate Sanjay Bhattacherjee who had already been the pioneer in baul fusion music in India that she discovered her interest in the Baul cult. Malabika’s unique and rare renditions of baul songs have made her a favorite of many great musicians across the globe. She also mastered in traditional Tamil songs along with North Indian Bhajan and dohas .She took Carnatik lessons from Prof. Suryanarayan Iyer and have been trained in baul cult by veteran Eminent Bauls like SadhanDas Bairagya, Gour khyapa, SubolDas Baul.

Sanjay Bhattacherjee on the other hand had been the experimenting with Baul music since the 1990s. He was influenced by the prevailing religious mood such as Vedic Hinduism the teachings of Shree Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Nityananda, Kabir, A journey into the heart of these traditions provided him a first-hand view of the culture that lies beneath. For years he had been traveling all along Bengal in different festivals, Melas, Akharas, and Ashrams trying to study and understand the feel and flavor of the baul cult. Meanwhile Sanjay was also trying out different forms of music incorporating blues and rock in to the folk tunes of Bengal, which added a new dimension to the musical concept of Bengal in specific. A special mention about his solo project, Kolkata that was widely acclaimed and gained immense popularity in a short while maiden album, man tare is the only bangla singles sold in the post-record era. The former also fetched him some prestigious music awards in the year 2002. He restructured baul, bhatiyali and shyamasangeet into reggae and blues. His only creed was to bring back the rich heritage of baul songs through his music, which again is fusing blues, rock or reggae with original baul lyrics. A daring approach no doubt, but then the bauls were different themselves, breaking all norms to form their own religion.

Brahmakhyapa's music is a journey that speaks of human life.

Much like the baul does through his different philosophies Which govern the soul and the body. Brahmakhyapa has realized this through their experiences. A journey into the heart of these traditions provided them a first hand view of the culture that lies beneath.

For years they have been traveling all along Bengal In different festivals, melas, akharas, ashrams trying to study and Understand the feel and flavor of the songs. Brahmakhyapa believes that this music cannot be learnt without a guru since there is a deep philosophy hidden inside these songs which
is allegorical.

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