Plate Spinner, Acrobat, Movie Star—This Is Why 'Dark Rye' Loves Kumar Pallana
He was a plate-spinning vaudevillian, appeared on “Captain Kangaroo” and “The Mickey Mouse Club,” and made his film debut at the age of 78, appearing in Bottle Rocket, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Darjeeling Limited—to name a few.
But it was in his everyday practice that the late, great Kumar Pallana may have made the greatest impact. In his 94 years on Earth, he meditated, taught yoga, and took as much pride in the little things—making his daily cup of chai tea, for one—as he did in his glitzier achievements.
This endearing portrait of Kumar affords a playful glimpse into the heart and mind of this rare character. Though he died last October, there is little doubt that a spirit like his will live on.
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