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It is not the sound of a drum, but of a subway train approaching the station. Vagradyan, 24, is a subway musician, plying his trade deep underground in the tunnels between stations.

He strikes up a tune rougly two days every week, earning around Hr 80 per hour to pay off debts from his old business and develop his new one.

“The first time I played violin to collect money was around two or three years ago, and it started as a joke,” Vagradyan says. “My friend and I joked around performing in a university park and in a half-hour we collected enough for us and our girlfriends to go ice skating. That’s how I learned that I can earn something this way.”

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