The American Poet Allen Ginsberg &
Babu Kishan The Indian Poet
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 MahaSiddha/Avadhuta who 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 starting in the 1980's until Ginsberg passed in April, 1997. Allen wrote a poem called Lalon, it has nothing to do with Lalon of Baul. Babooo as Allen called Babu Kishan had years and years of discussions of the poetry of India.
"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 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 in 1966, Nabani refused to come to America, thus he sent his two son's, Laxshman Das Baul and Purna Das Baul and their band in 1967, the whole Group was called "The Bauls of Bengal" the name everybody uses today.
BABU KISHAN LINK ON ALLEN GINSBERG.ORG / MISC..
Poetry is written by Allen Ginsberg for Babu Kishan
'This is the only Baul Poetry Allen Ginsberg ever 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 '
Babu Kishan composed music for this poetry, the original in collaboration with Garth Hudson, Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, (of The Band) aka Bob Dylan's Band.
Babu Kishan sang this on the 1985 tour of America, which Babu did percussion and sang.
This tour was the American tour of Bob Dylan & The Band, and Babu Kishan sang this one and only piece of Baul poetry ever composed by Allen Ginsberg's.