Kolkata: Cops Offer Financial Aid & New Instrument To Elderly Violinist Living On Streets

Many people have embarked on a difficult journey after losing their livelihoods to the coronavirus pandemic. Last year, the plight of a hotel musician named Bhagwan Mali surfaced on social media with several people sharing his soulful renditions of old Hindi songs on the streets like ‘Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh’, ‘Deewana Hua Baadal,’ etc. after he too was left unemployed. People online were bowled over his beautiful musical talent, and his videos became popular.

Now, Kolkata’s Commissioner of Police Soumen Mitra invited Mali to his office to give him a surprise gift. As a token of appreciation for his talents, he gifted him a violin and the city’s Community Policing Wing would also provide him with some much-needed financial assistance, Times Now reports.

Furthermore, the local police in the Burtola area of the city have provided him a place to stay for now. Originally hailing from Gujarat, he used to perform for tourists in Siliguri and Darjeeling. Unfortunately, he had lost all his earnings when the pandemic hit and had to live on the streets with his wife and play music to make ends meet.

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The sweet gesture on behalf of Kolkata Police received praise from people online:

We hope that Mali gets to stand on his feet again soon. Kudos to Kolkata Police!

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