Popular music director, Pritam, recently tweeted a video of a 28-year-old boy playing Sarangi on the streets of Gangtok. The street singer Santosh Gandarva is from Rangpo in East Sikkim who left for Mumbai from Bagdogra airport on Friday to meet Pritam.
Santosh is a known face in Gangtok. The Sarangi is a Nepali Folk instrument. ‘It is like a big dream for a Sikkimese street singer like me to meet the renowned music director,’ Santosh exclaimed.
The whole incident started with the recent tweet of Pritam on 19th June. He tweeted “Came across this video of a local Sikkimese street singer performing on #ChannaMereya, made my day. It amazes me how a song touches people at different levels. That’s the biggest high of our work, keeps me going.”
The tweet went viral and shared many times. In the video, Santosh was singing this famous Bollywood number Channa Mereya from the movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil with his Sarangi in a street of Gangtok. The song was written by Amitabh Bhattacharya and composed by Pritam himself. The video was initially uploaded by a Gangtok resident, Pravesh Chettri on social media earlier this month.