About Parvathy Baul
Parvathy Baul is a master performer, practitioner, and teacher of the ancient Baul tradition from Bengal, India. She has performed at prestigious concert halls and music festivals in over forty countries. Just recently, she was honored with the Sangeet Natak Akademi award by the Government of India. Critics have called her performances “riveting” and “spellbinding”.
Besides sharing Baul songs with people around the world, Parvathy is making systematic efforts to preserve and continue the tradition of the Bauls among future generations. She is the founder of Tantidhatri, an international women’s performance festival, and co-founder of the Ekathara Kalari school in Kerala, India for training in both song and traditional spiritual practice.
Giving Her Work a Permanent Home
Her latest and most ambitious project is to establish a Baul Gurukul and cultural center in Shantiniketan (http://ekatharakalari.org/about-sanatan-siddhashram/). This center will preserve and transmit the artistic and spiritual traditions of the Bauls and reach out to children and women from neighboring villages, offering instruction in music, song, and yoga.
Performance on Sept 7, 2018 in Palo Alto
We’re delighted to welcome Parvathy back to the Bay Area! She will perform music of the Bauls, tell us stories from her past and participate in a free-flowing conversation to share the living spirit of this ancient tradition with us. Please join us at the Palo Alto Arts Center, 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303 on Friday, Sept 7 from 7:00-9:00 pm and get ready to be transported to a sublime space of divine love and ecstasy!
We will serve a light, home cooked Bengali meal at the end of the performance.
Supporting the Center in Bengal
This is a free event. However, it is also intended to be a fundraiser to support Parvathy’s important work in India, specifically to help her manifest her vision for the Baul Gurukul in Shantiniketan. As such, we will be delighted with a donation of $50-$200 per family but will gratefully accept any amount that is offered with goodwill and an open heart. Your donation will be fully tax-deductible through SACSA (Society for Arts and Culture of South Asia), a registered 501c3 non-profit organization that has been actively working with Parvathy and her educational center since April 2017.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We hope to see you on Sept 7th!