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This song is based on my free translation of Punjabi mystic Bulleh Shah’s poem “Bulleh ki janna main kaun?”


Chinmaya-Dunster vocals with Oliver Kraft: Electric Guitar,
Rob Mita: Bass and
Seetha Manognya (backing vocals)

I’m not in the mosque or the palace

Not among pure or unpure souls

Neither Moses nor the Pharoah

Who is this Bulleh to know?
Bulleh ki janna main kaun?

I’m not in the whorehouse nor the temple

Neither drunk nor fast alone

Nor do I sit with Al-gebra or Bible

Who is this Bulleh to know?
Bulleh ki janna main kaun?

I’m not in happiness nor in sorrow

My name I neither chose nor own

No city or country on Earth can claim me

Who is this Bulleh to know?
Bulleh ki janna main kaun?

From first to last I search my being

Where no other can be known

No great thinker no lost dreamer

Who stands then in Bulleh’s shoes alone?
Bulleh ki jana main kaun?

Chinmaya was born in 1954 in England and started playing the classical guitar at 15. After taking sannyas in 1982 he took up playing the sarod.

The Osho Commune in Pune provided him the ground for musical experiments over the next quarter century until, today, he has thirteen CDs released on New Earth Records and a further four (three of them under the band names Bhakti and Akasha) on Malimba Records.

Chinmaya is also involved with environmental / social justice issues in India, which took him around the continent with the Green Ragas Band. He also creates awareness-raising films on these issues.

One of his passions is also the production aspect of music of which he has a deep knowledge.

Since 2014 he lives with his partner Naveena and daughter Koyal in Auckland, New Zealand.

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After being invited by Paul McCartney to play at his wedding in 2002, Paul had this to say: “I love the unique blend of Irish and Indian style music of Chinmaya Dunster’s ‘Celtic Ragas’. It has become one of my favourites.”