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Bhagwan Mali, an unemployed hotel musician, is one such example who is now taking to the streets and winning hearts in the city of Kolkata.

The second wave of Covid-19 had a wide range of consequences, from people losing their lives and loved ones to lose their jobs and livelihoods. Cases of individuals losing their jobs and experiencing difficulty have come to the fore with lockdowns and substantial limitations in public mobility in many cities and towns.

Bhagwan Mali, an unemployed hotel musician, is one such example who is now taking to the streets and winning hearts in the city of Kolkata. The musician was born in Gujarat but relocated to Malda after the Gujarat earthquake. He subsequently relocated to Darjeeling and Siliguri, where he began playing at tourist hotels. He lost all of his money when the epidemic struck.

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Mali expressed his agony throughout the years. "During last year's lockdown, I lost my job, and my daughter, who is married and lives in Kolkata, was in the early stages of pregnancy. I had to relocate to Kolkata to care for my daughter, but I was unable to leave the city due to the lockdown. My wife and I have been living on the street since my daughter gave birth since the one-room where our daughter and son-in-law dwell isn't big enough for us "Mali went on to say.

Kolkata Mali who sits on the street with his violin to organize food for his granddaughter will undoubtedly give hope and strength to people Photo by Heera Ramesh on Unsplash

To earn a living, he began to play music at that time. For the time being, the local police in the Burotolla neighborhood of the city have given him a place to stay. Mali explained that he started performing on the streets in order to feed himself and his wife. He spent whatever money he had leftover on baby food and fruit for the baby and the mother. However, tragedy struck once more when Mali's violin was broken a few weeks ago, according to a police officer from the Burotolla police station. Burotolla police and subsequently the community policing wing chose to intervene at that point.

Somen Mitra, the Kolkata Police Commissioner, was so pleased by Mali that he gave him a violin on Monday as part of the community policing program. "Met Mr. Bhagwan Mali, who is a very talented musician. A few weeks ago, a video of him playing his violin in the city streets had gone viral on social media. Last week, he was financially assisted by our Community Policing Wing. Today, @/CPkolkata gifted him a new violin," he revealed.

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Meanwhile, Mali was initially seen playing his violin at the Beadon Street and Girish Park intersection by Director Raj Chakraborty, who is also a Trinamool Congress MLA from Barrackpore. Chakraborty was so taken with his music that he contacted the local MLA and minister, Sashi Panja, and arranged for his food and medicine. Chakraborty speaks to Mali in a video that has gone popular on the Internet, giving him a role in his film. Mali will also get the opportunity to play on Chakraborty's next music reality program. Mali, who has so far refused any financial assistance, claiming that he will accept money only after performing, has also been given a place to stay by the police in Burotolla.

If you happen to walk through the intersection of Beadon Street and Girish Park, you might hear the magical melodies of Asha Bhosle and Mohammed Rafi's '12Diwana Hua Baadal' from the 1964 film '12Kashmir ki Kali', Lata Mangeshkar's '12Ajeeb dastan hai yeh' from the 1960 film '12Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai' floating and many more evergreen melodies of the era. With his magical tunes, Mali who sits on the street with his violin to organize food for his granddaughter will undoubtedly give hope and strength to people during these tough times. Such stories come out on the world of the internet every day and force us to forget the harshest realities of our lives.

(This article is a rehash from IANS)


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