The Honey Gatherers: Travels with The Bauls: The Wandering Minstrels of Rural India

The Honey Gatherers: Travels with The Bauls: The Wandering Minstrels of Rural India

Mimlu Sen


Mimlu Sen resides a bohemian lifestyles in Paris while she witnesses an electrifying functionality via 3 wandering minstrels from rural India. They put on flowing, multicoloured gowns and play frenetic rhythms on unusual tools made from wooden and clay, taking pictures the various moods of nature and fervour. After her turbulent previous, together with a 12 months in a Calcutta prison, Mimlu immediately is aware it's time to trigger at the trip of her existence. one of many minstrels, Paban Das Baul, is a talented younger musician with a becoming overseas acceptance. Mimlu defies prejudice to shuttle with him deep into the center of Bengal, the agricultural hinterland at the back of Calcutta the place few travelers ever move. during this attention-grabbing and weird booklet, she describes how they make their approach throughout state, from shanty city to village, from monastery to pageant, perched at the roofs of buses and squeezed within trains, encountering tantrics and sages, exorcisms and witch sightings, catfish that climb timber and esoteric secrets and techniques - and fall in love. With Paban's encouragement, Mimlu too plays for alms - 'gathering honey' within the conventional Baul means - and is initiated right into a hidden international of music, sensuality and event as wild and unpredictable because the panorama itself.

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