Kolkata Man Bhogoban Mali plays the violin


The poor are having a hard time, no doubt. So when we have the chance to recognize them for their talent, we should never pass up this opportunity. In doing so, we might just help them in a way or two – you never know – social media is a powerful tool.

A video of a man from Calcutta playing classic Bollywood covers on his violin goes viral on social media, leaving netizens in awe of his musical skills.


The heartwarming clip was shared by Twitter user Aarif Shah and it features an elderly man named Bhogoban Mali, who the tweet caption says is a struggling artist playing his musical instrument to entertain people during the lockdown .

The video is captioned “Look at the talent of this old man from Kolkata”.

The video shows Mr. Mali playing Diwana Hua Baadal by Asha Bhosle and Mohammed Rafi, from the movie 1964 Cashmere ki Kali, followed by Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh by Lata Mangeshkar from the 1960 film Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai.

According to the Twitter user, Mr. Mali lives near Girish Park in Kolkata. However, it is still unclear where the video was shot. People took to the comments section to claim that the musician is often seen on Beadon Street in North Kolkata.

Others wondered if it was possible to offer help during this difficult time.

“I would have loved to be in India, I would have loved to help him make CDs on his numbers and I’m sure people would have picked them up. His rendition of ‘ajeeb dastan hai yeh’ lifted the soul, ‘ one user commented.

Another wrote, “Whenever videos like this appear, my heart breaks a little more. I am losing a little of myself. You desperately want to help and donate and it never seems possible. People only share videos, but no one is able to reach that help from us. Can someone or an NGO help him?

“I only saw him today and listening to his talent, I got goosebumps and my eyes were wet with a smile. Please let me know how can I reach it … I’m too small to help such a talent but still want to do it for myself (sic), ‘ commented a third.

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It is a difficult time for all of us, especially for those who have less to live with. Please offer a helping hand to those who are not as privileged as you.