Born in Murshidabad, West Bengal, the legendary baul singer Paban Das Baul incarnates the synergy of his place of birth, drawing from his Tantric, Vaishnava, Sufi and Buddhist roots to enrichen his music and his art.
At 14, he was initiated into the baul traditions of singing by the great baul singer, the late Subal Das Baul from Dhaka. At 16, his incandescent voice seduced the composers, musicians and poets of Kolkata of the 70s. Bengali modern poet late Shakti Chattopadhyay introduced him to western music and this led to him exploring new musical routes and to jamming with jazz gurus of the time, Clark Terry and Big Joe Williams on tour in Kolkata. He went on to play, perform and compose with modern Bengali musicians and composers, notably Gautam Chatterjee and the band Mohiner Ghoraguli.
His most well-known collaboration has been the album Real Sugar with Sam Mills in which he recorded his cult song ‘Dil Ki Doya’. In 2015 and 2016, when Paban and Sam performed the songs of Real Sugar at the Dhaka International Folk Festival to an audience of 95,000, thousands sang along with them.