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Tomomi Paromita is a practitioner of Baul, a translator, and a woodcarving-painter.
Born in Japan, growing up in Australia and Singapore as a child, Tomomi had interest in ancient culture from childhood. Her interest in ancient Japanese culture took her beyond Silk Road and ended up in India, the source of much influence in Japan.
Since 2013, she has been practicing Baul path under the guidance of Parvathy Baul, and received her Baul name Prajna Paramita.
She has started performing in public with her guru’s permission in 2017.
The Baul tradition is a synthesis of traditions such as Sahajiya Buddhism, Turkish Sufism and Bengali Hinduism.
It was the interest in the culture of singing poetry and its physicality that eventually led her to this tradition of spiritual practice. In the process, Tomomi has learned and received inspiration from Japanese martial arts, Yedo Kagura dance and linguistics, among other things.
Painting has been a part of her life since she was a baby, and exhibitions are conducted regularly since 2015.
Tomomi Paromita has translated her guru Smt. Parvathy Baul’s “Song of the Great Soul” in 2018 (Echoes of Baul Committee), and William Dalrymple’s “Nine Lives” in January 2022 (Shueisha).