"Many people in Indian have written about Allen Ginsberg & Bob Dylan and none of them have met either, making huge speculations that are impossibly inaccurate. They love to make up stories tying both to Bangladesh and the poet Lalon Fakir with Allen Ginsberg & Bob Dylan, making up stories about how generic Baul is tied to both. No Baul met or associated with Ginsberg and Dylan other than first Babu Kishan's father and his brother and then Babu Kishan. Babu Kishan is the only one who had an ongoing relationship with both but it is curious how other Bauls follow where Babu goes.
However, there is no tie other than late in Ginsberg's life he wrote a poem title Lalon and the poem had nothing to do with Lalon? It is a joke, so here is the real story and who both were great friends with, BABU KISHAN he is the only one from India and the only Baul who is on both web sites. Babu Kishan is the only one who became great friends with Al Aronowitz who was the God Father of Rock Journalism was also, friends with Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Albert B Grossman it was through Al Aronowitz that Babu Kishan met all of the great Musicians of America.
It was through Ravi Shankar that he met George Harrison, Babu traveled and performed with Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan and many others."
Babu Kishan is in the process of writing his personal story of his long friend and friendship with Allen Ginsberg. He is the only Baul who developed a long friendship with Allen Ginsberg.
Of course this friendship has it roots in Babu Kishan's Grandfather 'Nabani Das Khyepa Baul'who was an Avadhuta that Ginsberg met on his trip to India in '1962' and whom he kept a personal and private connection all his life. You can see Babu Kishan's link on Allen Ginsbergs Page under links, miscellany. Babu and Allen are both poets and they were mystical friends.
"We also are indebted to the influence of Allen Ginsberg, who met Nabani Das in the early 1960s and wrote “Indian Journals” and never wavered from his spiritual path; to Albert B. Grossman who brought Nabani’s sons Purna and Luxman Das Baul with their group to the US in 1967 to record for Elektra Records and tour; "
Albert Grossman was the Music Producer of Bob Dylan. It was 'Allen Ginsberg' who contacted them to bring Nabani Das Khyapa Baul to America:
"Albert Bernard Grossman (May 21, 1926 – January 25, 1986) was an American entrepreneur and manager in the American folk music scene and rock and roll. He was famous as the manager of many of the most popular and successful performers of folk and folk-rock music, including Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Peter, Paul and Mary, the Band, Odetta, Gordon Lightfoot and Ian & Sylvia."
It should be noted that it was Allen Ginsberg who wanted to bring Nabani Das Khyepa Baul to America but he refused, thus he sent his two son's, Laxshman Das Baul and Purna Das Baul and their band. You can see them on the cover of Bob Dylan's album 'John Wesley Harding'.
This is the only Baul Poetry Allen Ginsberg wrote.
“Baul of Bengal, I sing for all, Blue Danube is my Jamuna, Hudson my Vrindavan, see me in Calcutta, Toronto and London, Hear my call Baul of Bengal, Same man many names, same player, many games, Love is magic to win at life, Hear my call O Baul of Bengal.”
Written by Allen Ginsberg in 1983,
as a gift to Babu Kishan '
Babukishan composed the music for the original in collaboration with Garth Hudson, Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, (of The Band) Bob Dylan's Band in 1985 for the tour.
This is the one and only piece of Baul poetry Ginsberg wrote. Babu Kishan sang this on 40 city American tour with Bob Dylan and the Band.
Babu became great friends with The Band and jammed with them all the time.
Author Al Aronowitz, a legendary New York journalist, will sign copies of his book at the club, located at 308 Bowery, beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 27. As the man who introduced Allen Ginsberg to Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan to the Beatles and the Beatles to marijuana, Aronowitz likes to boast:
"The '60s wouldn't have been the same without me."
The book contains first-hand descriptions of meetings between Dylan and the Beatles that no other writer can describe because no other writer was there at the time. Also participating in the music jam will be jazz saxophonist Hayes Greenfield; Chicago blues guitarist Ladell McLin; Jazz Foundation president Wendy Oxenhorn on harmonica; Kevin Twigg on drums and John DeWitt on bass.
Babukishan Das, familiarly known as Babu, is the son of the celebrated Bengali Baul. Purna Das, whom Dylan introduced to American audiences by posing with Purna for the cover of Dylan's "John Wesley Harding" album. Purna's son, Babu, who has a hit recording on India's pop charts, has made a name for himself by writing scores for many of the films streaming out of India's film capital, known for some reason as Bollywood.