- Video of Kolkata chaiwala goes viral on social media
- Served tea while singing Kishore Kumar’s songs on his birth anniversary
- 56-year-old Paltan Nag is popularly known as Paltan Kumar in the city.
- After the song went viral, now playback singing offers are coming
A tea stall, about 300 meters away from the Presidency University and Indian Coffee House, is in the news, away from the hustle and bustle of central Kolkata. At this tea stall, tea is served to the customers along with the songs of Kishore Kumar. The video of this chaiwala from Kolkata is being shared on social media.
The tea shop is run by a 56-year-old Paltan Nag. He is popularly known as Paltan Kumar. A three-minute video of him is going viral on social media. In this, he is singing the song ‘Main Shayar Badnaam’ from the 1973 blockbuster Namak Haram on the 92nd birth anniversary of Kishore Kumar. Last Wednesday, he was seen humming Kishore Kumar’s song while serving tea to a customer.
After seeing this video, he became famous in his neighborhood and far-flung areas. Not only this, now he is also getting offers for playback singing. Nag told our affiliate newspaper Times of India, ‘I have participated in a few reality shows but never got a chance to sing as a playback singer. After the song sung recently went viral, a person who identified himself as a member of Shankar Mahadevan’s team called me for an audition. Let us see if my wish can be fulfilled now.
Paltan Nag says, ‘Singing is my first and only hobby. I always wanted to be a singer like Kishore Kumar but had to manage this tea stall after my father’s death at a young age. Being the only earning person in a family of seven, I had to focus on business but I could never get away from music. In fact, I have got new audiences as my customers. I take great pleasure in entertaining them.
On Thursday, Paltan was seen humming the song Koi Hota from the 1971 film Mere Apne. Singing the song, he served tea and eggs to half a dozen customers at his shop in Beniatola.
He is a big fan of Kishore Kumar and treats him like a god. Paltan Nag tells that from a very young age he started singing songs. However, his parents could not provide music education for him. Nag says, ‘But it never became a hindrance for me. In the late 70s, I used to sing at local cultural events. I became quite famous as a copy singer of Kishore Kumar while singing in his style and voice. Apart from this, I also started participating in many stage shows but my father and Kishore Kumar died in the same year. After that I had to get into the family business of tea stall.