Keep something to yourself! At least for a few days. A strange call in our age of show and display. The poet urges us not to fritter away the treasure we have in exhibitionism and display.
Typical of the oral traditions, there are different opinions about who the poet is of this beautiful song. Parvathy says after consultations with respected Baul practitioners that it is most likely to be Uttam Chand Goshai, though Roshik Das and Rasaraj Goshai are also advanced as possible authors. Whoever the poet, the listener’s true calling is to imbibe the ‘ras’ (essence).
In September 2011, Parvathy Baul graciously welcomed the Kabir Project team to her home in Trivandrum and we got an opportunity to immerse in songs and satsangs with her over an intense 7 days. One night in the akhada in the upper part of her home, Parvathy performed this song to an intimate audience of friends. In this delightful Baul song, the poet Roshik urges us to keep our love for the Beloved hidden from the world, deep in the corner of our hearts.
Parvathy is a Baul singer and saadhika, painter and storyteller from Bengal and has been a disciple of Shashanko Goshai and Sanatan Das Baul. She currently lives in Trivandrum, Kerala. (www.parvathybaul.srijan.asia)
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This is one of the many songs and reflections recorded with Parvathy, part of a series of uploads for Ajab Shahar, an upcoming webspace dedicated to mystic poem and song, currently under construction by the Kabir Project team (www.ajabshahar.org; www.kabirproject.org)
Ektara, Duggi and Vocals: Parvathy Baul
Translation: Vipul Rikhi
Cameras: Smriti Chanchani & Aarthi Parthasarathy
Editing & Sound: Aarthi Parthasarathy
Sub-Titling: Nandini Nayyar
Collection: The Kabir Project