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

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