Kannai is the most renowned wandering musical Sadhu(Baul) in India. He is seen as the leader of
the Bauls and is much admired for his voice and poetry, and is able to play the ancient musical
instruments even though he is completely blind.
like many Sadhus, one of Kannai's main pastimes is smoking marijuana. Kannai is devoted to Kali
(goddess of death) and is associated with Tarapith and the Tantric Sadhus who live in the cremation
Bauls use song and dance as a means of holy communion in an attempt to unite the human and the Divine.
Their religious songs are not usually accompanied by the traditional Indian sitar or tabla, but
Indian instruments that are ancient in origin such as the dotar, a cross between a lute and a
mandolin, and the gubgubbi for percussion.
Kannai adopts the Baul costume consisting of saffron robes (alkhalla) and beads and the noticable
long uncut locks, which are coiled on top of the head in a bun.
Kannai, like so many others, feels so strongly about the Kumbh; but he does have some concerns
that this may be his last.