A two-minute video turns a railway platform singer into National Star. The video will bring a smile on your face and happiness in your heart. While the only background music is a train noisily passing by, the sound that shines is the words of ‘Ek Pyaar Ka Nagma Hai, Maujo Ki Ravani Hai’ by the 59 year old Ranu Mariah Mandal.
The video was uploaded by a commuter at Ranaghat railway station in Nadia district of West Bengal on July 21. Ranu Mondal, who was born in Krishnanagar, spent most of her childhood at her aunt’s place in Ranaghat after losing her mother. Since then, she has been “living alone in poverty and earned her living by singing at the station.”
Now, she is set to enthrall audiences on a larger stage after her talent caught the attention of a Mumbai-based entertainment channel. In several photos posted by ‘BarpetaTown: The place of peace’, the woman can be seen getting a makeover at a parlour ahead of her participation in a music reality show. “From my childhood, I had a passion for listening to music and singing along. Although I liked Mohammad Rafi and Mukeshji’s songs, it was Lata Mangeshkar who inspired me a lot. I could relate to her singing and the melody always touched my heart,” Ranu was quoted as saying.
She’s now getting calls from radio channels, film production houses and the biggest gift has been a visit from her daughter with whom there was no contact for almost a decade. “Eta amar ditiyo jibon” (this is my second life), Mandal said. And I will try to make the most of it.
Authorities in Ranaghat are now planning to felicitate her on August 14 as part of the West Bengal government’s Kanyashree Divas celebrations.