The Bauls of Bengal & The Tashi Lhunpo Monks - Double Bill

Thursday, July 5, 2018
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7.30pm
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Tickets: £15

 

The concert is part of a double bill featuring the mystical music of The Bauls of Bengal & the devotional Bhuddist chant, music and dance of The Tashi Lhunpo Monks

The Bauls of Bengal

The word BAUL first appears in Bengali literature of the 14th/15th centuries. It is generally agreed that the word comes from the Sanskrit “vatula” which means insane, affected by the wind. Lovingly it is said that the BAUL is God’s vagabond.

Bauls have given up worldly existence, living a gypsy-like life surviving on alms, who own  nothing but only wear patchwork quilted  cloths. A Baul owes allegiance to no one religion – there is no separation between the creator and the created – he is a cultural nomad. BAULS accept that God is formless – but to them the formless and the formed are the same. What matters most to the Baul is the relations between God, existence and the universe.  The Baul is closer to Tantric ideas and he must find union with God with his search being free of any other motive except loving and finding God especially “within”. To the BAUL “moner manush” – the man within -  is the “absolute”- free from attributes or limitations. The “absolute” is neither male nor female but both. Their songs can be beautiful and often very abstract.

Anando Gopaldas is joined by Nabin, Uttam and Radheyshyam.

 

The Tashi Lhunpo Monks

The Tashi Lhunpo Monastery was one of the most important Buddhist monasteries in Tibet and was the seat of the Panchen Lama. Following the 1959 uprising many monks went to India to establish the monastery in Karnataka where they have continued to practise their religious traditions.  Chanting is an integral part of their daily practice. There are various Tantric prayers and one of the most important is KUNRIK  - the title of the Buddha Vairocana whose mandala releases people from hell. A mark of this tradition is the use of Mudras – hand gestures. The monks use bells and frame drums representing the path to wisdom; the meditation of CHOED  uses melodic chant accompanied by special drums.  In some prayers, a full monastic orchestra can be used – long horns – drums and cymbals.  Prayers are meant to remove all negative forces and bring about universal spiritual harmony with good health in mind and body.

 

 

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