The Bauls of Bengal.

The Bauls of Bengal.

India never ceases to leave me in wonder. The diversity and devotion and spirituality. Take for example the Baul sect of ascetics that roam the Bengal area of Eastern India and portions of Bangladesh. These homeless wanderers share their spirituality through song and music, surviving on alms, gifts of food and money from those they encounter. Their beliefs of simplicity in life and love are beautifully sung, possibly accompanied by an ektara, a one-stringed “plucked drum” drone instrument, carved from a gourd, and made of bamboo and goatskin.

Ron Mayhew

Fine Art Photographer specializing in Still Life and Commercial Photography.

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  1. Thanks. Of course, two Bauls feature mysteriously on the cover of Bob Dylan’s most mysterious album – John Wesley Harding! Regards Thom

  2. Superb portrait of this travelling musician, Ron. Love the colourful costume. What a simple life these Baul people must lead, with no possessions except for their clothes and an ektara. Amazing post!

    1. It shouldn’t surprise that such traditions continue, but it does. The simplicity, the devotion. Thanks Sylvia.

    1. And with no internet.😊 thanks for stopping by.

  3. The picture is so fantastic. It has so much life in it and the colors are brought out so beautifully.

    1. Thanks so much. I am pleased you enjoyed it.

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