Thursday, September 29, 2011

Who is Krishnendu Das Baul aka Babu Kishan?

Krishnendu Das Baul aka Babukishan...BAUL GURU
"BAUL GURU" aka Krishnendu Das Baul, Babukishan is a Baul Sanskrit Indian Music Master Scholar Mystic born into the Oldest Living Lineage of Bauls of Bengal. 9 generations to Sri Nityananda of Ekkchaka West Bengal, and thousands of generations before. This is the oldest living lineage of Baul on earth.

BA Indian Philosophy, Kolkata University
MA Indian Music, Kolkata University

"Master of Baul, Indian Classical, Indian Folk, Baul Fusion, World music and Indian Cinema Music, with over 30 years experience in Indian Cinema, he has been traveling worldwide for 40 years as a cultural representative of India, he was only 9 years old when his parents took him on their many world travels, teaching at Universities and singing on the biggest stages of the world."

Babu Kishan Das aka Krishnendu Das Baul born 1962 in Suri, Birbhum, West Bengal, India into the legendary Nabani Das Baul's family and the Baul lineage of Sri Nityananda of Ekkchakra West Bengal in the 1500's, Sri Nityananda was a Baul this is recorded in the oral lineage through their songs and a very well know fact in Bengal. In recent time this has been written out of the history books by the New Age Vaishanavism that collected devotee's and steam during the past 100 years. Remember Baul is an oral tradition not a book translation new tradition of the personal opinions of a few fanatical men.

This is the Baul lineage who introduced Baul to the world starting back in the1940's & 1950's. Babukishan's family are the pioneering family who introduced Baul to the world, if not for them no one would even know who the Bauls are? It is all their work in teaching around the world that has kept the Bauls of Bengal alive.

This lineage is the roots of the Baul tradition. They opened the door for all future Bauls to carry on the Baul tradition around the world.

This lineage has been performing on the biggest of world stages, festivals, lecturing at Universities, around the world for more than 50 years. 
Babukishan is a Lineage Baul, music composer, music director from India, he was born into a family of music, poetry and Indian Philosophy, he has composed over 150 musical scores, and produced some 44 albums. He has composed and recorded most of his father's Purna Das Baul's music.

In 2007 Babukishan was awarded a Lifetime Achievment award for his contribution to Indian Cinema.

Vaishnava Baul is an oral tradition, the stories are recorded in the songs. Babu is the eldest son of Purna Das Baul and the late Manju Dasi.
Manju Dasi is the first Women Baul to travel the world starting back in the 1960's until the mid 2000's she traveled every corner of the globe and performed on every stage, her story is truly what legends are made of. Manju was an extremely talented musician, an HMV/EMI and Polydor artist. Manju was the first Female Baul (Baulini) and perhaps the only to date to be a"A class female Baul singer in India" she was the first Baul to introduce Harmonium to Baul, before her the Bauls did not use the harmonium. Manju was the first Baul to introduce official Lalon Fakir songs to Radio, TV, recordings and film.
Babukishan was traditionally trained in the oral tradition of his Baul lineage in sanskrit, he learned this from his grandfather and others in his Baul family, learning by hearing and remembering, "this is the way it was done before books, it is called having the lineage passed to you orally, as in storytelling." As a inborn mystic and musician he started composing music, and writing poetry before he went to grade school. When he was 10 years old he was awarded the youngest music composer at that time in Bengal.

Babu spent 12 years in the Ramakrishna Order as a Vedic Monk, where he learned book knowledge to go with his oral teachings. Babu says, "he does not trust books, they are fine but they leave out important information and are mostly personal opinion depending on the translators agenda." It is a paradox, books are good, however, all of India's knowledge was an oral tradition where people dedicated their lives to keep, preserve, pass on and hold the spiritual knowledge of India within family lineages. Guru is the way but today there are very few qualified Guru's, or qualified disciples. Even today how can one trust a Guru there are so many taking advantage, Guru's are big business, making more money than any Bollywood star. He has seen his share of failed Bollywood actors ect.. turn to the Guru business. Commitment between Guru and disciple is endless and strong Unless one has a guru books only give a small sample of the story, there are layers upon layers that are passed down guru to disciple.
Some of his guru's at the Ramakrishna Mission were, Swami Lokeshwarananda, Swami Gombhrananada, Swami Mitrananada, Swami Gopeshwarananada.
The problem in finding a Guru is, you will be tested, the question should be am I a disciple, there are not many that are. We just want to have fun, feel good, and be God/intoxicated, unfortuetly guru/disciple is not fun, easy, and perhaps does not always feel good? Who wants to sit and do the work, the sadhana that is involved, no most would just rather say I am this, I am that.

His Baul Guru's are "Baul Saint" Sri Nabani Das Kyappa Baul, Brajabala Dasi, Purna Das Baul, his aunt Radharani Dasi and many others from this lineage. Some of the other saints and guru's he had personal relationships and his favourites were Ananadamayi Ma, Sri Sitaramdas Omkarnath and many other unknown to the western world.
And many stories of others like Balakbramhachari, Maha AnandaMaharaj, Sathya Sai Baba, Dhirndra Bramhacharya, Osho, Sant Nirankari, The Shankaracharya's of India, and lots of Baba's and Ma's.

His musical repertoire is like the who is who of Indian music from lineage teachers of Indian music, and the best coming out of Bengal to the best of Indian Cinema or (Bollywood.)
BabuKishan is probably one of the very few living authentic authorities alive today regarding the Bauls. He is starting to speak now because he is seeing a prolific amount of mis-information on Baul by the many scholars, PhDs, new Bauls singers and writers who are lacking information in what the authentic Baul lineage is really about. Each day he see's another story or more speculation on who the Bauls are, it is almost becoming a joke.
Nabani Das Baul his grandfather named Babukishan, "Krishnendu" he kept Babu the moment he was born, with massage and Ayurveda he was able to straighten tiny Krishnendu's crooked limbs. Krishnendu was his Baby Krishna and he took his Krishna everywhere with him, as he wandered India. Babu spent the first 8 years of his life in the highest of spiritual energies and his grandfather left him a huge spark of himself when he passed away.

Baul really started to change over the past 30 years with the influx of foreigners, hippies, Bangladesh refugee's into Shantiniketan. Many refugee's and others who saw being a Baul as a way to earn a living started to turn Baul into begging and a great way to make a living without doing sadhana, dress the part, sing a folk song, being a Baul became a great way to survive. Baul's were offered Dakshina as Guru's and spiritual messengers. Today they deserve to be paid appropriately for the grace and musical skill they bring, Bauls should not be used or asked to perform for free when the world has changed, so should how we treat the Bauls change.

It also is the fault of his own lineage but you can not blame them as Bauls have always been used and marginalized. Bauls do not share openly, and times have changed, the correct information on lineage Baul needs to be passed on as accurately as possible or it will be gone forever, and Baul will just be a tourist attraction. Being from North America it reminds me of the rich culture of the North American idigenous people and how their shamanic traditions, are also suffering the same fate.

Baul is a "Guru" based tradition, oral living lineage tradition, the lineages were passed down in familes this is common knowledge in India. This is how Baul was passed from father to son, mother to daughter, however, Bauls always included all and it was not uncommon for a Baul to take someone into their family.

There is a huge misunderstanding on what Baul is because there were in the past many people wandering through Bengal when the first writers started to speculate about the nature of Baul. They lumped all these wandering souls together under one umbrella calling them all Bauls but in fact very few of them were actually Bauls. Fakir, Sai, Aula, Dervish, Shah actually are not Baul. Only a Lineage Baul knows exactly what a Baul is, not a scholar or a new Baul singer, the account of Baul history comes from "inside" the tradition not from "outside" the tradition or from speculation. Speculation about the Bauls has gone on from the beginning of time and it continues today, all one outside the tradition can do it but speculate. Scholars from outside the tradtion can only speculate.

Baul songs are not folk songs, they are spiritual sadhana's and one must complete difficult sadhana's before one can call oneself a Baul. There is a misconception that singing folk songs on a train or on a street is Baul.. Baul is a difficult sadhana learned under a Guru for years and years or perhaps a whole lifetime. There is no I am initiated ... the initiation into Baul goes on for a lifetime.

Baul is about the SOUL, pure LOVE, Monar Manush as in ecstatic union with the divine in the highest of loves, the love between Krishna and Radha as soul mates. Bauls do not worship the body for mundane purposes. The body is worshiped as the temple for the divine, the soul is situated in the human heart, Radha and Krishna live in the "altar of the heart with the soul in the human body."

Vaishnava Bauls are the original Das and Dasi, Gosai, (Goswami) lineage in West Bengal India. They have been singing the Hare Krishna Mahamantra for thousands of years wandering from village to village, as the morning wake up call to the people of the villages, Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna... Bauls believe in Monar Manush in soul mates. Krishna's flute is always calling Radhe ..Radhe..Radhe and because of Radha's connection to Krishna and their love for each other Radha and Krishna are the original soul mates. Bauls know all the philosophical arguments, they are Indian philosophers, they just have a rare take on all the pedantic othodox bantering.
Love and Devotion, Traditional Bhakti Yoga, Kirtan, ecstatic song and dance. Bauls are natural, spontaneous Bhakti Yogi's, Poets and Philosophers. The soul is not in the temple the soul is in the human body residing in the heart. Bauls do not believe in caste, creed, they believe in the Soul. Ask your soul?? the body will lie, the mind will lie but the soul will tell you the truth.

Most of the people writing about Babu's lineage either cut and paste from internet or are talking to the wrong Bauls and new Bauls singers who are not trying to preserve the lineage they just want to travel, or create something new. At this point The Bauls of Bengal are almost extinct and it is time to preserve what is real it is not a time to make it up. Perhaps the New Bauls are saying they want to preserve Baul however, how can you preserve something you do not own. A gift is given by the owner of the gift, as in Sampradaya, or lineage. If the gift has not been given by a lineage Baul how can something that you do not own or have be given to other.

That respect also should also include who wrote the songs that Bauls are singing? Most do not even know where the songs came from, who wrote the songs.. they do not even know the history of Baul.That love and respect include acknowledging the Baul Guru's of the past as in Nabani Das Khyappa Baul and those who walked before him. One by one we will be writing about each and every Baul back to Sri Nityananada and beyond.

Most teachers passing on Baul are only passing on the limited information that they have picked up here and there. I am a researcher and I ask Babu who is this, who is that, this Baul is saying this person is their Guru, who is that, and he knows the whole history of who everybody is, where they came from, how they got involved in Baul, he knows what songs they are singing, who wrote the song, and more importantly whether it is a folk song, a Baul song and sometimes they are even singing Bollywood songs?

These neo Bauls today are just making a mess of what Baul is, they lack sadhana and the god intoxication the energy that come from doing Baul Sadhana. Baul is not about singing folk songs it is sadhana, years and years of sadhana. Babu has been preserving his lineage for 40 years and has seen it all. The most recent wave is that Baul is only about sufi, or that Baul orginates in Bangladesh and Persia? Baul is about neo tantric sex and smoking ganja?

Baul has become just one big regular party, the few real authentic Bauls are not to be seen or will not share anything.

It is not easy to be a Baul, it takes at least 12 years 24/7 under a guru. Not too long ago there used to be 22 Baul ashrams now there are only 2. Bauls do not build temples, raise money for temples, or collect devotee's as in orthodox religions.

Babu's family has been singing to help out so many groups, and temples ect.. helping fund raise money for their causes, giving free performances for years and years.
Now the Bauls need help, I pray these groups will also come to the assistance of the Bauls through the Ektara Foundation. We are now fund raising to preserve this lineage, through the Ektara Foundation and the Bhava project (Baul Historical Ashram and Vedic Academy).
The real authentic Bauls are in deep danger of extinction. The poor Baul children need education, food, medicine and we want to pass on this tradition properly to them so at least they can preserve and have right livelyhood. This is our seva, more information to come, please stay tuned. We are in the beginning phases of setting this up, it will under Babukishan's name with a board of directors.
Babukishan under the name Krishnendu Das is the author of 3 books on Baul printed in the 1980's to be republished and expanded soon. George Harrison and Ravi Shankar helped him publish his last book in 1986, now out of now, all to be republished soon.

Babu was raised in the village by his grandparents"Baul Saint Sri Nabani Das Khyappa Baul and Brajobala Dasi." Babu lived a lucid life in the highest of spiritual energy, and was initiated by most of the Saints, Sadhu's, Siddha's, Guru's, Yogi's, Tantrics, Nath's, Avadhuta's, that lived during the 60's, & 70's,80's, 90's, most who have left this earth long ago and many who are completely unknown outside of India.

Nabani Das Baul was an accomplished "exalted Tantric Avadhuta Baul Saint" accomplished in the Bhakti Sadhana's of Krishna and and Avadhuta Sadhana's of Shiva and Kali (Tara Ma) he was a famed Baul Guru Poet who millions of people came to see from all over India.

Nabani Das Baul inspired everyone from Rabindranath Tagore to "American Poet Allen Ginsberg who claims Nabani as his guru, he inspired common people to the highest intellectuals. Nabani Das Baul was the first and last Guru to teach Baul philosophy at Rabindranath Tagore Vishva Bhartai University in Shantineketan and was Rabindranath's Baul. Tagore gave Nabani Das the name "Khyappa" he was the first Baul to be called this now many are calling themselves this name. Nabani gave Tagore the name Robi (Ravi) Baul.

You can hear all the Bauls singing Nabani's compositions, however, you will not hear them acknowledge his songs, in the 70's new Baul singers arose who were jealous of Purna Das Baul and his fame as millions would come and see him, some even tried to kill him by poisoning him to death, this started a movement away from the truths of the lineage, new Bauls were creating new stories and promoting Baul is about neo tantric sex and new lineage that did not exist before?

Babu is a poet, composing an unlimited amount of poetry from standard 1 onward. His poetry was published in all Bengali magazines under his name Krishnendu and pseudo names for years. He was known as a great romantic poet who attracted untold attention at a very early age. He is first Baul to compose Fusion Music, His compostitions made it easier for other Bauls to experiement.

As a composer Babu has worked with all the top Indian musicians, singers, and legendary Indian music guru's. He spent 13 years with RD Burman in Mumbai. Total 30 years in Indian Cinema composing Bollywood music, meeting all of the Bollywood legends, promoting Bollywood singers, again promoting others, and completely forgetting to promote himself. Babu worked behind the scenes and is the most well know person behind the scenes in Bollywood. This is a book in and of itself.

Babu Kishan is a unique intangible masterpiece of Bengali History, he is a rare gem, multi talented and an ocean beyond ocean of knowledge. He is the encyclopedia of Bengali, Bollywood, Indian Philosophy, Indian history with a photographic memory. A yogi who believes one must be in the world and not of the world. Times are changing fast! A Baul is for the world, and has an important message of peace, and unity.

by Trishula Das, his wife, supporter, and Baul transcriber! Jai Baul Guru Babuji

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Who is Babukishan?

Babu Kishan

Babukishan aka Krishnendu Das started his life in Indian Cinema at a young age in Kolkata,West Bengal, India as a music composer and song writer for Bengali film, serials, and drama's beginning in the 1970’s to 1990's. He recieved many awards during these years and was awarded, "The youngest Music and Film Director" in Bengal at that time. Babukishan recieved many awards for his music compositions in Bengal even before he arrived in the Bombay film industry as Babukishan in 1981 it was during this time period that he traveled back and forth then moving permenantly to Mumbai in 1989.

In Bengal he composed super hit music for Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, Arti Mukherjee, Banashree Sengupta, Shakti Thakur, Gopa Bose, Hemant Mukherjee, Pandit Amarnath and many more. Babukishan composed all of his father's music, the legendary world renowned vocalist Purna Das Baul, who is the state artist and representative of Indian and Bengali culture around the world.

Known as Krishnendu Das during his early creative years in Kolkata his music compositions were produced for big banner films such as Amar Deep, Rakto Sapoth, Marg, Manob Premik Nimai, Chapa Dangaar Bou, and drama’s such as Amlo Madhu as producer and music director, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu as producer, project design, music and promotion. His serials were Charitroheen, Mejo bou, Didi, Mahalaya, Ek Paloke, Radharani, Guldasta, all which were very popular and which he was awarded best music director.

Babukishan’s started his career in Bombay as a music composer and as a music and film designer, production consultant working with India’s top music labels & film companies for more than 30 years . He has produced over 150 scores for Indian Cinema and Bollywood film. He has composed, produced and promoted over 44 albums for Bollywood’s top singers such as Kumar Sanu, Sunidhi, Shaan, Sadhna Sargam, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Poornima, Abhijit, Udit Narayan, Sudesh Bhosle, Mohd.Aziz, Vijay Benedict, Asha Bhosle, Anup Jalota, Suresh Wadkar, Usha Mangeshkar, Ravindra jain, Nitin Mukesh, Alka yagnik, Vinod Rathod, Ghulam Ali, Mehdi Hassan, Pankaj Udhas, Anwar, Anuradha Paudwal, Amit Kumar and many others. Babukishan’s career took him beyond Bombay, he went on to perform and record with some of the best musicians of the west George Harrison, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Chakka Khan, Ravi Shankar, Zakir Hussain, Tom Petty, Miles Davies, Allan Fakir, Herbie Mann, Third World, Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson, Bob Dylan, Ziggy Marley and others...

While in Bombay he became known as Babukishan his nick name, as the 2 directors named Suraj Sanim and Mahesh Bhatt had a difficult time pronouncing his name Krishnendu, therefore, they started to call him Babu Kishan all the time thus it stuck and became his brand name in the entertainment world.

Babukishan recorded Durga Puja albums with all the top Bollywood playback singers having them sing in Bengali, this was a very new idea at the time and a super hit. However, at first there were many Bengali’s who were very critical because many Bengali singers that were really talented did not have work as singers and Babu was bringing in outsiders. Some of these Indian Cinema singers he recorded in Bengali were Anaradha Paudwal, Md Aziz, Udit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Sadhana Sargam, Alka Yagnik Purnima, Vijay Bendict, Abijit, Kumar Sanu, for Durga Puja songs HMV/Venus/Tips MusicaIndia/Universal with big promotions. It should be noted that Indian Cinema started from Bengal and now 70% of the people in the modern Indian film industry are from Bengal. Babukishan being one of them who has composed everything from Hanuman Chalisa to Hip Hop.

Babukishan has worked with just about everybody in Indian Cinema as a promotion designer, production designer, music designer, and music director, from Amir Khan to A R Rahman... from the production of music, promotion to the international market. Babukishan is probably the most famous person from Bollywood who is known behind the scenes within Indian Cinema.

BabuKishan already knew RD Burman from Bengal, his family was like family to Babu and when he arrived in Mumbai he started working as
R D Burman’s assistant, learning Indian Cinema music from one of the all time greats in Indian film music. Babu spent about 13 years with Legendary Music Director RD Burman during some of RD Burmans most difficult times, until his death in 1994. At first Bombay was a foreign place to Babu, he spoke Bengali and needed to learn Hindi, he was just a kid and had been living in hotels. When RD Burman found out that Babu has been living in a hotel which was expensive he arranged for Babu to meet the upcoming singer Abhijit from Kanpu,UP but Bengali, he thought Babu and Abhijit could help each other out by becoming house mates. RD Burman also suggested that Babu start working in the music industry while he was getting his music composer career off the ground. Burman introduced Babu to his first contacts, at R.K Electronics. Burman thought Babu was dynamic and energetic he knew that Babu would be perfect for the job. Babu is so greatful to R D Burman. R.K Electronics needed someone to promote their company and Babu already having fame as a composer in Bengal was the guy to do this and Babu Kishan knew all distribution contacts from the Eastern Zone. He introduced R.K Electronics to the Eastern Zone and the combination today is know as TIPS Industry, one of largest Entertainment Company in India.

Babu is an author of 3 books in Bengali and English, the last book was sponsored witht he help of George Harrison and Ravi Shankar. He is a prolific poet and has been travellng worldwide for 40 years as a cultural ambassador for Bengal and India. He has performed at all top festivals worldwide and has lectured at Universities world-wide. He has performed at Carnagie Hall and The Royal Albert Hall in London and many other large venues around the world.

Career History – Senior Management – Music & Film Industry India
1978 – 1990 HMV- Composer, Writer of Music for famous India singers.
1986 -1993 Venus/Tips/Music India, Music Producer, and Composer
1986-1993 CBS - Music Producer, Creative Director India, promoter, of artist such as Cindy Lauper, Micheal Jackson, New Kids on the Block, Pink Floyd, Gypsy Kings and others.
1991 -2004 Digital Music Studio – Owned, and Operated by Babukishan – Composer, Music Production for Film.
1994-1996 Time Audio Video – ABCL Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Ltd - Quality Assurance Manager Film & Music Production/Marketing, and Event Management. Film, and Music Promotion.
1997-2004 Universal Music Label - Music Producer, Music Composer, Consultant
1996-1999 PEN Audio Video Film - Music Producer, Promoter, Consultant
1996-2001 T-series- Music Producer - Composer

Produced & Promoted Music & Film Software for all top Indian Channels including Zee / B4U / ATN /etc... including Doordarshan ( Indian National Tv) / JainTv / Sanskar / Astha
Selected Honorable Mentions

2007 - Lifetime achievement Award for dedication to Indian Cinema, Bollywood Buddy, Mumbai
1988 - Adaptation of Award winning novelist Sarat Chandra Chatterjee’s ‘Charitroheen’
Best Soap Opera, Best Music Composer, awarded to Babukishan Glaxo Award, Mumbai
1981 - Most promising Music Composer and Movie Design of the Year, Calcutta Entertainment Industry, Bombay Entertainment Industry.
1980 - Best Music Composer, Indian Cinema, Bombay


Life Member of Indian Cine Music Directors Association
Life Member of Indian Preforming Rights Society
Member of Western India Film Producers Association
Member of Bollywood Film Producers and Directors Association

Selected Discography and Filmography

Folk music by various singers (HMV, 1981)
Rokto Sapoth, Bengali 1979
Folk songs (Gathani, 1982) Amardeep,
Bengali, Bengali 1979 Arohan (HMV, 1983)
Maarg, Bengali 1980
Baul Music by Purna das Baul (HMV, 1983)
Arohan, Hindi, Dir: Shyam Benegal 1980
Folk Music from Bengal (Polygram Music India, 1984)
Sudhu Tomake, Bengali, 1980
Dr. Bhupen Hazarika (HMV, 1984)
Pyar Bhara khat, Hindi,1989
Spiritual songs of India (Chandra Dhara, Germany, 1984)
“30days” Hindi Thriller Movie, 2000
Bauls of Bengal (New York Music, 1985)
Chote Nawab Bade Nawab, Hindi,1999
Soul of Bengal(Unique Records, USA, 1985)
Schoolgirl, Hindi, 2001
Baul Fusion by the Band/Babukishan (Shymphony,1985)
Akhri pratigya, Hindi, Mithun Chakrabortydirected by T.L.V Prasad, 1998
The Bengali Bauls (Maple Music, Canada, 1986
Guru ho ja shuru, Mithun Chakraborty,1995
Modern Songs by Various Singers (Venus, 1987)
Mrityu...The Truth, Hindi, T-series 2002
Bauls from Royal Albert Hall (Megaphone, 1987)
Gumnaam, Hindi Thriller Movie 2001
Monalisa (CBS, 1988)
Aasakti, Hindi, Jackie Shroff 1998
O Go Priyotama (Tips, 1988)
Adorini,Bengali 2003
Baul Songs of Bengal (Tips, 1988)
Thakur, Hindi, Dharmendra,2002
Amardeep (Weston, 1989)
Reflection (Track music, 1990)
Pyar Bhara Khat (Oriental, 1992)
Qawwalies by Eminent Singers of India (Gramophone Record company,1993)
Mr. Panchanan (CBS, 1993)
Tribute to Hemant Kumar (CBS, 1993)
Festivals of India (1994)
O Hasina (Ultra Music, 1996
Dhak Dhak Karne Laga (Ultra, 1996)
Tales of River 'Ganga'/new age music(Prism Audio, 1996)
Kali Bhajans (Sangeet cassettes, 1997)
Tera Ghungta (Pen Audio, 1997)
Zara Hat Ke (Pen Audio, 1998)
Sharab Aur Shabab (Padmini Music, 1998)
Folk music of India by Sapna Awasti (T-series, 1999)
Keshariyo Rang (Tarana, 1999)
School girl (Star Music, 2000)
Romantic Moods (Virgin Music)
Priyo Kolkata (Kathaindia, 2001)
Jap le sai naam (Universal Music India, 2001)
Paimaana (Star Music, 2001)
Soul Mate (Universal Music India, 2001)
Tumhare Liye (Star Music, 2002)
Mirror of the Sky (Star Music, 2002)
One & Only (Star Music, 2002)
Jai Santoshi Maa by various singers (Lucky Star Music, 2002)
Mrityu The Truth (T-series, 2002)
Adorini (Saregama/HMV, 2002)

Selected Promotion Designer & Music Promotions 80’s/90’s A&R for Music, Video, Film Rights More than 500 Super Hit Albums & Films...
Arohan - Om Puri, Amrish Puri, Pankaj Kapoor, Victor BanerjeeKahan Kahan Se Guzar Gaya - Anil Kapoor, Sharon Prabhakar
Salaam Bombay - Nana Patekar

Khuda Gawah - Superstar Amitabh Bachchan, Sridevi, Danny
Andaz Apna Apna - Amir Khan, Salman Khan, Karishma Kapoor, Raveena Tandon
Indrajit - Amitabh Bachchan, Neelam
Awaj De Kahan Hain - after long time gap Naushad Ali’s Composed Music
Patthar ke Phool - Salman Khan, Raveena Tandon
Khatarnak - Sanjay Dutt
Madam X- Rekha, Jaya Mathur, Shakti Kapoor, Mohsin Khan

Zahreelay- Sanjau Dutt
Jai Kali- Hema Malini

Tejaa - Sanjay Dutt
Geet- Divya Bharti, Kamal Sadanah

Fateh - Sanjay Dutt
Balwaan- Sunil Shetty, Divya Bharti

Benaam Badshah - Anil Kapoor
Aparadhi - Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla
Rangeela - It was Popular Music Director A.R.Rahman's First Introductions in Bollywood Cinema, Casting-Amir Khan, Jackie Shroff, Urmila
Gambler - Govinda, Shilpa Shetty, Aditya Pancholi
100days - Jackie Shroff, Nana Patekar, Raveena Tandon
Shreeman Aashiq - Rishi Kapoor, Urmila, Anupam Kher
Baaz - Govinda
Coolie#1 - Govinda, Karishma Kapoor
Hero#1 - Govinda
Sandwich - Govinda, sushmita Sen, Raveena Tandon
Gharwali Baharwali, Anil Kapoor
Elaan E Jung - Dharmendra
Awaargi- Anil Kapoor, Meenakshi Seshasdri

Hukumat - Dharmendra
Awaal Number- Amir Khan, Devanand

Sanam Bewafa - Salman Khan
Aatank Hi Aatank- Amir Khan

Raakh- Amir Khan
Tum Mere Ho- Tahir Hussain's Amir Khan, Juhi Chawla, Ajit Vachani
CID- Juhi Chawla
Saajan - Madhuri Dikshit, Salman Khan, Sanjay Dutt
I Love You - Karishma Kapoor
Ek Ladka Ek Ladki - Salman Khan, Neelam
Dil Tera Ashiq - Salman Khan
Isi Ka Naam Zindgi, Amir Khan, Pran

Karan Arjun - Sharukh Khan, Salman Khan, Amrish Puri, Jack Gaud, Rakhi Gulzar, Mamta Kulkai, Kajal
Deewana - Shahrukh Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Divya Bharti
Jallad - Mithun Chakraborty
Khabhi ha Khabhi na - Sharukh Khan, Ashutosh Gawrikar
Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak- Amir Khan, Juhi Chawla
Panah - Shidarth, Pallavi
Lahu Luhan- Kimi Katkar

Jhooth Bole Kawa Kate - Anil KapoorJunoon- Popular TV Series Music
Auzaar - Salman Khan
Gunah ka Devta - Paap Ki Kamaee - Mithun Chakraborty
VijayPath- Tabu, Ajay Davgan, Gulshan Grover, Reema Lagoo, Danny

Saugandh - Akshay Kumar,
Yaalgar- Sanjay Dutt, Manisha, Nagma
Aatish- Sanjay Dutt, Raveena Tandon
Gumrah- Sanjay Dutt, Sridevi
Phool aur Kaante- Ajay Devgan, Madhu, Amrish PuriIndian's First time Fitness audio/video project with Actress Rekha on CBS
First Time 'Srimad Bhagva Gita' through AudioVisual
Promoted & Marketed Indian Classiacl Music through CBS Music Label,from Ravi Shankar to Zakir Hussain

Many More....
Selected Films Produced - Project Designer - Music Composer - Music Director
Jaagoron by Lata Mangeshkar
Introduced OSHO's Music to the World
Now & Then by Hari Prasad Chaurasia
Nursery Rhymes & Kiddyland by Top singers from Various like Alisha Chinoy,Sharon Prabhakar,RemoShakti by Shankar,Zakir Hussain
School Girl - Shakti Kapoor, Laxmikant Berde
Andheri Rathon Mein - Moon Moon Sen
Akhri Pratigya, Mithun Chakraborty, Jackie Shroff, Suni Shetty, Hemant Birje, Rambha
30Days - Milind Gunaji, Aloknath, Sweta Menon
Chhote Nawab Bade Nawab - Shakti Kapoor, Shiva, Mohan Joshi
TV Series 'Aurat' Tale of Indian Women, Story by Suraj Sanim

TV Series for Children 'Five Stars' Story Suraj Sanim
TV Series 'Time Machine' Thriller,Story by Suraj Sanim
Miya Anari Biwi Khilari - Yunus Parvez, Chhotu, Birbal, Yogini
Mrityu The Truth- Mustaq Khan, Hemant Pandey, Aroon Bakshi, Liliput
Adorini - Prasenjit, Biswajit
Canadian Dream - Documentary on New Immigrants life in CanadaMonalisa by Udit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Vijay Benedict
1981 - Bachelor of Arts, Major Indian Philosophy, Kolkata University, India
1984 - Master of Arts, Indian Music, Kolkata University, India
Fluent in Sanskrit, Bengali, Hindi, English and many other Indian Languages which he has written in and composed music for.

Montreal Gazette reviews.. "Babukishan in Montreal Quebec Canada"

Montreal Gazette reviews.. "Babukishan in Montreal Quebec Canada"

Some shows you just know are going to be worth checking out. A Bollywood soundtrack maestro playing the intimate Casa del Popolo during Pop Montreal is a no-brainer, and Babukishan Das Baul did not disappoint, Sunday night. Bauls are “a group of non-denominational mystic minstrels from the Bengal region of India,” according to the Pop programme, and their lineage dates back centuries. With over 44 albums and 150 film scores to his credit, not to mention having performed, toured and/or collaborated with Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, Ravi Shankar and Miles Davis, Babukishan brought an impressive pedigree to the stage. In a characteristically classic example of initiative, Pop Montreal director Dan Seligman explained how he had bought one of the singer’s albums a while back, recently tracked him down on the web – living in Vancouver – and invited him to play at the fest. Aside from his appearance Sunday night, Babukishan gave an afternoon workshop (Baulin’ With Babu) and performed at the Sacred Sunday variety show put on by Patrick Watson (who is reportedly interested in working with him).

For his Casa set, he was backed by a makeshift Montreal combo including experimental/worldbeat percussionist Will Eizlini (Shalabi Effect) and singer-songwriter-banjoist Lisa Gamble (recruited from the crowd to play a traditional one-string instrument called the Ektara, which she had never touched in her life). The two were later joined by a guy on tambourine and a woman on keyboards. Together they provided a spare but evocative background for Babukishan to sing and add his own percussive elements. He has a rich, husky voice that evokes other worlds and eras. Not content to have the audience seated (on the floor) and paying utmost attention, after a few songs he asked everyone to get up and dance. But what could have been a bad idea highlighting the majority of the crowd’s embarassing hipster whiteness (though there was a small contingent of Bengali music fans in the room) somehow turned into a dynamic, interactive, cross-cultural/generational musical exchange. Two songs later, people were chanting along to “Hare Krishna!” (I kid you not), as Babukishan encouraged all to “close your eyes, move your body.” And it wasn’t weird or pretentious or cheesy! The man had a powerful yet utterly unpretentious presence that brought everyone into his world, carrying us along on a most unique and enjoyable ride. A fest highlight; let’s have him back.