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Seeking Bauls of Bengal
Seeking Bauls of Bengal

Seeking Bauls of Bengal

by Jeanne Openshaw

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Language

English

Publisher

Foundation Books

ISBN

8175962054 - Year: 2004 - Pages: 301

Binding

Paperback

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Author: Jeanne Openshaw
Publisher: Foundation Books
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 301
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8175962054

Description

Bauls have become renowned as wandering minstrels and mystics of India and Bangladesh, and are known through their beautiful, often enigmatic songs. They are recruited from both Hindu and Muslim communities, privileging the human being over such identities. Despite their iconic status as representatives of the spiritual East, and although they have been the subject of a number of studies, systematic research with Bauls themselves has been largely neglected. Jeanne
Openshaw’s book is new, not only in analyzing the rise of Bauls to their present revered status, but in the depth of its ethnographic research and its reference to the lives of composers and singers as a context for their songs.

The author uses her fieldwork, and oral and manuscript materials to lead the reader from conventional historical and textual approaches towards a world defined by people called Baul, where the human body and love are primary and female is extolled above male. This is a compelling story of creativity and dissent even in the face of persecution.

Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

NOTES ON TRANSLITERATION AND TEXTS

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS

INTRODUCTION

PART I: BACKGROUND-LITERATURE ON BAULS AND BAUL SONGS
What’s in a name? The advent of the Baul
The making of the Bauls-Histories, Themes, Baul Songs

PART II: IN SEARCH OF BAULS
Fieldwork in Rarh
Fieldwork in Bagri

PART III: RECEIVED CLASSIFICATIONS
Two shores, two refuges: householder and renouncer
Evading the two shores: the guru

PART IV: REWORKING THE CLASSIFICATIONS
Affect-love and women
Theory: Images, the I and bartaman

PART V: PRACTICE (sadhana) and TALKING ABOUT PRACTICE (hari-katha)
Practice (sadhana)
Four moons practice and talking about practice

CONCLUSION

GLOSSARY

BIBLIOGRAPHY

GENERAL INDEX

NAME INDEX

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