Ektara with sacred art
by Parvathy Baul
These Ektaras are original artworks, hand-painted and signed by Parvathy Baul.
Each Ektara comes in a handmade Ektara case,
custom-made by a local musician & craftsman in West Bengal.
Also available as Set with painted Ektara, Ektara case, hand-knotted Ghungur and Khartal.
Only 3 painted Ektaras left.
After your purhase, Parvathy Maa will personally choose one of the limited edition Art Ektaras for you.
This means you will know which sacred design is chosen for you after you purchase.
We will be in touch via email.
Tumi Chile Ektara
Tumi chile ektara hole ektara
Chilo naam zohura asmaan opor,
Tomar smoron nile duniya jai go bhule
Ebe ki koushole shadhibo tomay
১.তুমি ছিলে একতারা
ছিলো নাম জহুরা আসমান ওপর।
তোমার স্মরণ লইলে
দুনিয়া যায় গো ভুলে
এবে কি কৌশলে সাধিব তোমায়।।
Journey of the Ektaras
As soon as the idea of the hand-painted Ektaras took form, Parvathy Maa and her assistant set out for Shantineketan to visit Torun Da, a trusted and beloved instrument maker. Choosing ten ektaras that fit in both Parvathy Maa’s small hands, and in the sevak’s larger ones, they carefully selected instruments that could be universally received.
Once the instruments arrived at the ashram, Parvathy Maa absorbed herself into awakening ten divine deities with her painting.
The designs, arising from the depth of her practice and inspired by the wisdom of the Baul songs, anchor an exquisite and utterly unique presence in each instrument.
But how to bring these deities safely into the houses of people around the world?
Two and a half hours on the passenger seat down a strenuous winding village road, Parvathy Maa and ten hand painted Ektaras emerged in the village of Bardhaman. There, a skilled musician and craftsman began casting cases to match each individual Ektara perfectly.
Such cases have never been seen before and insure that every instrument can travel safely over the oceans and beyond with their precious cargo.
Now that the Ektaras have returned to the ashram with their new cases, they are ready to journey to you, whose heart has already begun sounding with the divine resonance.
Knowing each instrument intimately, Maa will hand choose your instrument to match this inner vibration. Trust the mystery as your Ektara comes home to you.
For a Baul, the Ektara is considered an embodied goddess.
It is our prayer that She wakes up in your hands,
and that as you play Her one string, She plays yours until you resonate with the cosmos.
Joy guru. Joy guru. Joy guru.