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​佐藤友美パロミタ (English version click here)

インタビュー記事「修行で私は自由になる」[2017/12/12]​by根岸達朗さん

 1986年、埼玉県に生まれ、幼少期をオーストラリアとシンガポールで、十代を日本で過ごす。物心つく前から画を描き、10歳の帰国時から青夏会の松本一に師事。18〜22歳の五年ほどは武道を生活の中心に据えていた。

 幼い頃から古代文化や当時の国際社会に憧れを抱き、所沢高校を卒業して進学したオーストラリア国立大学ではサンスクリット語と言語学を学ぶ。この時、意味論の権威アンナ・ウィアツビ ッカ教授の影響を大いに受ける。

 元々あった「力ある言葉」への興味は当初詩や祝詞、呪文などに向かっていたが、この頃から「歌われる詩」という形を取り始める。はじめ現代インドには心を惹かれなかったが、音符ありきではなくまず詩ありきでの、狭義には旋律を限定しない「うた」というあり方が今も存在していることを知り、文献よりも生きた文化を学びたくなる。

 

 授業の一環として学んでいたサンスクリット詩の詠唱からインドの歌唱に興味を持ち、2008 年に初渡印して南インド古典音楽にふれる。2011 年よりまじめに学び始め、いったんケーララ州に就職し、働きながら稽古を受ける。

 古典音楽のあり方と自分の求めるものとの乖離に悩んでいた2013 年、ケーララ州に拠点を持つパルバティ・バウルに出会う。初めはこころみに歌を数曲習っただけだったが、そのうちの一曲をきっかけとして、バウルの道に入る。2017年1月にケーララ州トリバンドラムにて初公演。

 現在は修行のため、日印を行き来する生活を送る。パルバティ師から日本の舞踊の身体を学ぶよう指示され、帰国時は新座石山社中にて武州里神楽の神楽舞を学ぶ。

 noteで五行歌を発表している。

過去のプロジェクト:

Plants of Meghaduta:詩聖カーリダーサの最高傑作とも言われる「雲の使者」の植物をとりあげ、ついでに関連する詩節を歌った音声ファイルとともに日英の翻訳を掲載。大学時代のプロジェクトでした。音声ファイルは再々録音を計画しています。

ケララのうた:ケーララ民俗芸能について自分なりにリサーチしてまとめたもの。2012年頃に集中して取り組んでいたもので、色々問題点もあるのですが、今のところケーララ芸能に関する詳しい日本語の情報源が無さそうもあるし、記念として残しています。

⇒現在「インドの魔法、芸能の天竺」に移行中

About Tomomi Paromita:

She was born in Saitama, an outskirt area of Tokyo, Japan, in 1986. As a child she lived in Australia and Singapore. Since childhood she has always been into drawings and paintings, and her painting guru is Hajime Matsumoto from Seikakai art group. She has also learned martial arts extensively as a teenager.

Tomomi was always drawn to ancient cultures and the global nature of the ancient society. This has led her to study Sanskrit and linguistics when she went to Australian National University, after spending her teens in Japan. Dr. McComas Taylor initiated her into Sanskrit studies. Prof. Anna Wierzbicka, a renowned scholar of semantics, was another great inspiration in the deeper recognition of the languages.

Through chanting Sanskrit poems Tomomi grew her interest in the singing culture of India, which made her experience South Indian Classical vocal music (Carnatic music) in 2008, when she visited and stayed in India for the first time. Eventually she came back in 2011 to learn more, when she decided to study the art more seriously.

Finding a job in Kerala, India, she continued learning Carnatic music, also trying to learn Kerala's indigenous style. However, this was also when Tomomi started to realise that there was a gap between what she was looking for and how classical music is meant to be.

This was when she heard of Parvathy Baul, who was based in the same town Tomomi was living. She went to Parvathyji without knowing anything about Baul, and it was initially only a learning of a few songs. However, it was one of the songs that led her to meditate more deeply on the aspects of life and Baul, and later got initiated by Parvathyji in 2013. Paromita is her Baul name given by Parvathyji, taking the reference from Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra.  

Tomomi has been practicing Baul since then under Parvathy Baul's guidance, while coming and going between India and Japan. She also studies Kagura dance at Niiza Ishiyama Shachuu in Japan, which she incorporates in her movements.
She had her first performance in Trivandrum, Kerala, in January 2017.

Tomomi is also a translator of English and Japanese, and writes poetry in Japanese regularly.

Past project: Plants of Meghaduta

Guru: Smt. Parvathy Baul​

Parvathy Baul is well known for her masterful solo rendering in the oldest style of Baul song and dance, with the instruments ektara, duggi and nupur. Her great  Baul masters are Shri Sanatan Das Baul and Sri Shasanko Goshai whose rigorous life style, helped her to withstand the hardships of a Baul  practitioner’s way of living.  Parvathy Baul has also practiced various disciplines of painting, print making, theatre, dance and the art of story telling with painted pictures.  A sadhak herself and a teacher of Baul path, she has founded Ektara Baul Sangeetha Kalari iwith her husband Shri Ravi Gopalan Nair, to protect, promote and further pass on the traditional knowledge of the Bauls. It is based on the discipline of the Baul Akhara, and traditional Kerala theatre practice space Kalari. She started performing in 2000, and has been performing and teaching both in India and overseas ever since. She has also collaborated with artists from various genres internationally.

http://parvathybaul.com/

http://ekatharakalari.org/

 
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