Plate Spinner, Acrobat, Movie Star—This Is Why 'Dark Rye' Loves Kumar Pallana

The multifaceted Kumar Pallana shares his everyday practices on 'Dark Rye,' the new TV series from our sister network, Pivot, and Whole Foods Market®, every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. ET/7:00 a.m. PT.
Feb 19, 2014·
Andrew Freeman is a California native with a degree in history from UCLA. He is particularly interested in politics and policy.

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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