INDIA

The Bauls are members of a religious sect in West Bengal in INDIA and in neighbouring Bangladesh .  They believe in the Hindu philosophy and like wandering minstrels they move from village to village, entertaining the people with music and dance and passing on their spiritual message through poetry which they compose and sing themselves.  The Bauls are skilled musicians and play a variety of instruments including the EKTARA, a single-string instrument played with a plectrum (pick).  The changing times have brought changes for the Bauls and some of them have moved into the cities where their music has become popular, thought losing its religious quality.