photo Francesco Galli
Parvathy Baul is a singer, painter and storyteller from West Bengal. After receiving her initial music and dance training during her childhood, she studied visual arts at the Kala Bhavan at Shantiniketan, the university founded by Rabindranath Tagore. Her encounter with the living tradition of Baul prompted her to choose the path of self-training in the Baul order rather than an institutional degree. Since 1995 she has performed in her home state Bengal and all over India and in several international festivals, including Transit, Denmark (editions 5, 6 and 7). In 2012, Parvathy Baul organised the first women’s theatre festival in India, Tantidhatri, in connection with the Magdalena project. The festival took place in Auroville and Pondicherry and was an occasion for women of both traditional and contemporary backgrounds to meet. In 2016, Baul organised the second Tantidhatri festival in Bangalore. Parvathy Baul is a performer in the new Odin Teatret performance The Tree.