Bhuban Badyakar is an Indian street vendor or hawker who went viral for his song “Kacha Badam” in 2022.
Bhuban Badyakar was born in Birbhum, West Bengal.
Height (approx.): 5′ 2″
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Wife & Children
He is married, and the couple has two sons and one daughter. In an interview, while talking about his family, he said,
I come from a small village from Birbhum. My family is very happy with the success of the song. Whenever I leave home to go anywhere, for example, now that I am here in Kolkata for the concert, my wife gets very upset (laughs). My son also worries about how I will travel and where I’ll stay. But I believe that if god has shown you a way, god will also guide you through it.”
Singer of the Viral Song Kacha Badam
While selling kacha badam or peanuts along with other items on his redi, he used to sing the kacha badam song based on the Baul folk tune to attract the customers.
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Later, someone recorded his song and uploaded it on social media. Soon, people started making Instagram reels on the song, and it went viral in India and other countries. The song gained immense popularity after the Indian model Anjali Arora made a lip-sync video on the song in 2022.
In the same year, the music production label Godhulibela Music released the remix version of Kacha Badam featuring Bhuban. He received Rs. 3 lakhs for the song after the netizens started raising the question of whether the original singer got remuneration for the song. While talking to the reporters, the owner of Godhulibela Music said,
We signed a deal with Bhuban da for Rs 3 lakhs today and he was paid Rs 1.5 in cheque. He will be paid the remaining next week. It was a long time due to him. I am so happy to see that so many important people have loved my song and want more such songs from me. I was recently in Kolkata and it was my second visit to the city. The love and praise I received brought tears to my eyes.”
In 2022, he was also invited to perform at various stage shows in Kolkata. He was even facilitated by the West Bengal Police. During an interview, while talking about it, he said,
I feel privileged. Never thought that I’d reach here. God’s grace. Never dreamt of this. I just made the song, never thought it’d be such highlighted. The best part is I am not just a peanut seller now. People see me as a musician and this is a proud moment for not just me but also for my village. I experienced so many things in the past few weeks. I must admit sometimes the attention is leaving me in awkward position. I am not used to this popularity. But I am happy and looking for a better future for my family with help of my music talent.”
In February 2022, he was facilitated at the TV show Dadagiri Unlimited Season 9 by the former Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly.
In an interview, he shared that earlier, he used to sing spiritual songs with the singing group Baul team. He further said,
It all started last year when I came to know from a scrap dealer in Dubrajpur that things like broken cell phones, old imitation jewelry or even human hair can be sold at a good price. I decided to buy these scraps from people in exchange of peanuts. It inspired me to create a song that will be close to people and they will be able to relate to it. One buyer had recorded me while singing and uploaded it on social media. I didn’t realize that so many people will love my song this much. God has showered blessings on me finally.”