Searching for the Divine, Handling Mobile Phones

  title={Searching for the Divine, Handling Mobile Phones},
  author={Carola Erika Lorea},
  journal={History and Sociology of South Asia},
  pages={59 - 88}
  • C. Lorea
  • Published 1 January 2014
  • Art
  • History and Sociology of South Asia
The Bauls of Bengal, a community of low-caste itinerant performers and esoteric practitioners, have received contrasting appreciations in the course of the last two centuries. Initially disregarded as the low tradition of an ‘immoral’, ‘degenerate’, ‘scatological’ sect, Baul songs were revived and promoted by the famous Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore’s publications on Bauls contributed to the diffusion of their success among intellectuals and the urban élite, in a purified version… 
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