Kunal Nayyar, who played Raj Koothrappali, takes The Big Bang Theory fans down memory lane by singing Sheldon’s “Soft Kitty” song. It’s been two years since the popular CBS sitcom wrapped up its 12-year-run, but it remains popular thanks to syndication and streaming availability. Its story also somehow continues through its spin-off show Young Sheldon.

While its offshoot has filled the void it left after it went off the air, there’s still clamor for The Big Bang Theory, especially since it features all seven main cast whereas its prequel only focuses on Sheldon. Debuting in 2007, the series focused on four incredibly intelligent scientists who are deemed social outcasts. They met and became friends with Penny; eventually, Bernie and Amy came along and were promoted to series regular by season 4. Even before that, however, The Big Bang Theory had already endeared itself to its growing fan base with numerous signature elements including Sheldon’s “Soft Kitty” song which was first performed in season 1, episode 11, “The Pancake Batter Anomaly.” The track has become associated with The Big Bang Theory since then that even Young Sheldon featured it.


Given this, Nayyar was asked by his fans to perform the song during an Instagram Live session. The original show cast member obliged knowing full well how much “Soft Kitty” evokes nostalgia. Shared on YouTube by user Thamizhan, check it out below:

While the aforementioned song’s origins have always been traced back into the show, The Big Bang Theory didn’t write it. Instead, it from a 19th-century Polish lullaby called “Wlazł kotek na płotek” about a kitten on a fence which was written by Oskar Kolberg and composed by Stanisław Moniuszko. “Soft Kitty” then got a contemporary version known as “Warm Kitty” written by Edith Newlin; it appeared on Songs for the Nursery School published by the Kentucky-based Willis Music in 1937. Newlin’s estate sued Warner Bros. for supposedly illegally using the song, but eventually, the case was dismissed in 2017 after a two-year court battle.

Admittedly, “Soft Kitty” was no longer prominently used in later seasons of The Big Bang Theory, and it’s curious if the lawsuit had anything to do with this creative decision. Nevertheless, the song had already been synonymous with the sitcom at that time because of its regular usage early on. Proof of that is Nayyar being asked to perform it even though technically, the tune had nothing to do with his character Raj because it’s Sheldon’s comfort song. In any case, considering how missed the series is, the actor knew full well that it’s something that the fans would appreciate.

Source: Kunal Nayyar (via Thamizhan)

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