Updated: June 9, 2021 12:22:11 pm
A video of a man in Kolkata playing Bollywood covers on his violin has left netizens impressed after it went viral on social media. Shared by Twitter user Aarif Shah (@aarifshaah), the video features an elderly musician, Bhogoban Mali, who, according to the tweet, is a struggling artiste playing to entertain people amid the lockdown in the city.
The 2.05-minute clip features Mali playing Diwana Hua Baadal by Asha Bhosle and Mohammed Rafi, from the 1964 movie Kashmir ki Kali, followed by Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh by Lata Mangeshkar from the 1960 movie Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai.
Watch this old man’s talent from Kolkata pic.twitter.com/bewfNFzQF0
— Aarif Shah (@aarifshaah) June 5, 2021
Mali, who the Twitter user said reportedly lives near Girish Park — played the songs beautifully, leaving netizens inquiring about his whereabouts. While it is not clear exactly where the video was shot, many commented that the man was often spotted at Beadon Street in north Kolkata.
Wow. This is amazing
— Voice of Mukesh (@MukeshVoice) June 6, 2021
Wish I could do something for him…..
— Suman Chopra (@sumanchopra) June 6, 2021
Wow that is just awesome..what a talent
— Azam Mirza (@Azam_Mirza) June 6, 2021
Please watch this! It really makes you humble regarding what it means to be talented. 🙏 so soulful! https://t.co/wn8DZqAnwN
— Vipin Sharma 🇨🇦🎥🇮🇳 (@sharmamatvipin) June 6, 2021
Unbelievable talent🙏🎶🎻🎼🙏 https://t.co/cGDEf4LfBK
— Swarnava Banerjee (@banerjswarnava) June 6, 2021
Many also shed light on the plight of artistes amid the lockdown and wondered if it was possible to help Mali.
The fact that he has the instrument could mean that he’s yet another artist who’s ended up in poverty.
Would it be possible to know where this was? Maybe some local NGO could help them.
— Anamika (BasAinweHi) (@HiAinwe) June 6, 2021
Any idea how this person may be traced and helped? Willing to contribute.
— Dibyendu Nandi (@ydnadydnad) June 6, 2021
@arrahman @SonuSood @srijitspeaketh Really music can heal the lot of pain what we’re going through,but these people also need little recognition for such a soulful presentation. 🙏🙏 https://t.co/Dfkkwa0pGe
— Shubhendu (@shubhendu1975) June 6, 2021
Waah! Hope we can come up together and do something for this musical talent. His melody deserves better orchestra ❤️ https://t.co/UThFt7nu7p
— Samrat Chakraborty (@dahnumber7) June 7, 2021
— Prateek Banerjee (@bannyprateek) June 6, 2021
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