The Drum Addict: Shyam Bhagat

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Shyam Bhagat, self proclaimed drum addict, sets up shop several times per week on the 16th Mall.

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Bhagat, 29 is a self proclaimed street artist.

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Saturday February 4, 2017 Bhagat positions himself on the west side of 16th & California.  He’s a regular on the corner.

 

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Bhagat, has no formal percussion training and has never performed live on a set of real drums.  One if his goals for this year is to learn.

 

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The Virginia native has been playing “drums” on random objects since he was 8 years old.

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Bhagat picks up the pace as a curious crowd gathers.

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Giving money to a street performer was a first for 15 year old Amber.

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Bagaht will not share how much he makes in a day, but is able to sustain himself by street performing and the work he does with his non-profit organization, Drum Addicts, where he provides after school workshops for elementary school children.

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“People walk up to me looking at me like I’m crazy for a second, but usually they get into the groove before too long.” Bagaht said.

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“I love playing, that’s why I do it.  I hope to show young kids that you can be great at anything.  Your only limitations are the ones that you set for yourself.”

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