Parvathy Baul is a leading Baul folk singer, musician and storyteller. Trained under Baul gurus, Sanatan Das Baul, Shashanko Goshai Baul in Bengal, she has performed nationally and internationally since 1995. Trained in Kathak, visual art and the Grotowski theatre technique, she was inspired by the traditional music of mystic minstrels in Bengal when she first heard a blind Baul singer on a train to Santiniketan. Later, she met Abdul Salam, a Muslim fakir kalandar, who became her guru and from whom she learnt the spiritual meaning of the tradition. Her book, Songs of the Great Soul, offers insights into a personal journey and a spiritual tradition that has largely been a male preserve thus far.