The Bauls of Bengal have kept their philosophies alive for over a 1000 years

 The Bauls of Bengal have kept their philosophies alive for over a 1000 years

An epic documentary feature film on the mystic music traditions of over a thousand years of the Bauls of Bengal.  Bauls are a nonconformist sect having gurus (mentors) but no dogmas, rituals, religious institutions or scriptures. Their path to God or spirituality is defined through music. Declared as an Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, The Bauls of Bengal have kept their philosophies alive for over a 1000 years, but modern demands threaten their simple, enlightened lifestyles.

Directed by Sairam Sagiraju, Produced by Vikram Sampath, Rajib Sarma and with original score and music supervision by Grammy Award Winner Ricky Kej.

Director: Sairam Sagiraju

Original Score & Music Supervision: Ricky Kej

Producers: Vikram Sampath, Ricky Kej, Rajib Sarma

Film Duration: 54 Min

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Bangalore based historian, Dr. Vikram Sampath is the author of four acclaimed books: Splendours of Royal Mysore: the Untold Story of the Wodeyars; “MyName Is Gauhar Jaan: The Life and Times of a Musician”-­ and “Voice of the Veena: S Balachander -­ A Biography”. His latest book is the first volume of a two-volume biography “Savarkar: Echoes from a Forgotten Past” from Penguin Random House India that has gone on to become a National Best Seller and was acclaimed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Vikram was awarded the Sahitya Akademi’s first Yuva Puraskar in English literature and the ARSC International Award for Excellence in Historical research in New York for his book on Gauhar Jaan. The book has also been adapted to theatre as a play “Gauhar” by Lillette Dubey and is being adapted to a Bollywood film by Ashutosh Gowariker. Vikram was among the 4 writers and artists to be selected as a Writer-‐in-‐Residence at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in 2015. Vikram has a doctorate in history & music from the University of Queensland, Australia and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi. He is also an Aspen Global Leadership Fellow, a Fellow at Wissenchaftskolleg Berlin and an Eisenhower Global Fellow 2021. An Engineer/mathematician from BITS-­‐Pilani and an MBA in Finance from S. P. Jain, Mumbai, Vikram is also a trained Carnatic vocalist. He has established the Archive of Indian Music, India’s first digital sound archive for vintage recordings, was the Founder of the Bangalore Literature Festival, Indic Thoughts Festival and curates the ZEE Group’s ‘ARTH-­‐ A Culture Fest’.

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