Sanwar Ahmed, better known to the Jackson Heights community as Baul Dada or Jhal Muri Dada
has been bringing joy to people through his soulful singing and his jhal muri for over a decade.
He has become a local celebrity and has been featured on multiple platforms. He's been featured on Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown blog.
He has been featured on the Fung Bros
And now, his food cart and his home will be included as an exhibit at the Museum of Food and Drink by the Knights of the Raj NYC and UK artist Mohammed Ali.
Since 2016, Jhal Muri Dada has also been a part of organizing street vendors in Jackson Heights with DRUM:Desis Rising Up and Moving in response to NYPD's attacks on street vendors.
While many know Sanwar Ahmed for his singing and his Jhal Muri, there is something most people don't know. Sanwar Ahmed as been living in NYC for 38 years as an undocumented immigrant
. For 38 years he has been living and working here alone so that he can support his family back in Bangladesh. And in all this time he hasn't been able to see his wife, his 2 daughters and 2 sons. While he's been away from his family, he has lost his youngest son and one of his son in-law. So after 38 years and at the age of 89, he has decided to return home to be with his family in his last years of life. But to do so, he needs our support with the travel expenses and getting settled back home with his family.
For 38 years Jhal Muri Dada has been a part of our community bringing us joy. Now it's our turn to do something for our Jhal Muri Dada. So if you've ever enjoyed his singing or his Jhal Muri, please consider donating what you can to support Jhal Muri Dada.