Baul music is about self-searching and Rina Das found her true calling in it. A resident of Paruldanga village near Bolpur (known for its red soil and Noble Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore) Rina Das is a well-known Baul singer. Hailing from a family of musicians Rina grew up with music around. Rina says that rhythm and melody was an integral part of her existence from early childhood. She understood nothing but the language of music, she knew nothing but the notation of music. She learned not only the lyrics and rhythms and musical instruments but the most important aspect of Baul music- the philosophy. Rina Das is a renowned Baul today but her journey as a female Baul is an interesting one, an inspiration to many. She has won prestigious awards from the government for her contribution to folk music, performed many a times on television and radio. Rina Das has travelled extensively within and beyond West Bengal and India. Rina has traveled extensively in India and abroad with her music. Within India, she has performed in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Daman and Diu, Goa and Rajasthan. Outside India, she has performed in Urkult Festival in Sweden, Armor India Festival in France and Bangladesh. The pandemic was a challenging time for Rina with no programme, festival and performance opportunity, but she did not lose hope. Rather she utilized the time to write and compose songs and encourage her fellow community members.
Rina believes that it is not enough to just learn music but imparting of that knowledge is equally important. Today she teaches music to children at her Akhra. Rina Das is musician, performer, lyricist, composer, teacher, social changemaker and role model for many in her community.
Rina Das Baul and her 5 member team Rangamatir Baul of Birbhum, West Bengal gets selected at the most prestigious World Music platform of the world, to be showcased at WOMEX 2022 to be held at Lisbon in Portugal on 19-24, Oct. 2022.