Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Special Bond - Bappi Lahiri & Kishore Kumar

Bappi Lahiri is a famous musician for his disco music in Bollywood. He introduced the disco music with an Indian flavor and also brought many young singers into Hindi cinema.

Bappi Lahiri was blessed by god to be born in a family dedicated to classical music. His father Aparesh Lahiri and mother Bansari Lahiri were quiet famous singers in Bengali. Thus he got the first lessons of music from his family itself, a blessing that connected him with music at a much tender age. He started playing tabla at the age of 3.

Bappi’s association with Kishore Kumar can be considered as that derived not only from the adoration. He would fondly call Kishore as Kishore Mama. Kishore and Bappi’s mother considered each other as brother and sister. Bappi, as a child, was a frequent visitor to Kishore’s house and Kishore would often say he is very cute.

By the time Bappi entered into the realm of Hindi music, Kishore Kumar had become popular in Bollywood and had established his own brand in the Indian music, not only in Hindi but also in other popular Indian languages.

Bappi got the first opportunity to compose music in Bengali as well as Hindi movie when he was just 19 years old. His debut in the Bollywood was ‘Nanha Shikari’ (1973). Kishore subsequently sang for Bappi for the first time for this very film. The movie ‘Zakhmee’(1975) gave him a break in which he doubled his performance as a playback singer and a music composer. He sang the song ‘Nothing is Impossible’ along with Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar for this movie. Bappi credits that his singing career began (in Zakhmee), when Kishore encouraged him to sing.

Bappi and Kishore Kumar proved to be one of the friendliest combos in Bollywood music. Their association lasted till the death of Kishore Kumar in the year 1987. Bappi, like many other music directors, found Kishore Kumar a suitable singer for the unique tunes he composed. The popular hits of Bappi from the movie ‘Namak Halal’, ‘Chalte Chalte’, ‘Pag Ghunghroo’, ‘Aaj Rapat Jaayein’- were the contribution of the duo Bappi and KK. In 1984 another opportunity struck the duo in the form of the movie ‘Sharabi’ for which KK sang ‘Jahan Chaar Yaar’, ‘Manzilen Apni Jagah Hai’ and won a Filmfare award.

Bappi’s music was made for Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle. KK’s adaptability to different music attracted Bappi towards him, like many other music directors. Many popular actors of the past and the present also insisted on Kishore Kumar for giving voice to their acting. Rajesh Khanna and Dev Anand in the past and Amitabh Bachchan in the present were among the many actors whom the voice of Kishore Kumar was as genuine as theirs. Bappi himself states, that Kishore sang his last song under composition for the movie, Waqt ki awaaz.

The death of Kishore Kumar left Bappi with a deep hollow in his heart as well as his music career. He was so dependent on KK that it took some time for him to find a substitute for the lost legend. He thus introduced Alisha Chinoy and Vijay Benedict as the new pair for his duets.

The Bollywood had always been favorable to Bappi- Kishore Kumar duo. The only fact, their devotion towards the music, was sufficient to unite the souls of these two-generation maestros of music into one. The perfect creations produced by their harmonious association thus challenge all the questions concerning the co-existence of different generation artists.

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