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Bappi Lahiri – Kishore Kumar:A special bond.

Bappi Lahiri is famous for the disco music in Bollywood. He introduced the disco music with an Indian flavor and brought many young singers into Hindi cinema. Bappi Lahiri was blessed to be born in a family dedicated to classical music. His father Aparesh Lahiri and mother Bansari Lahiri were famous singers in Bengali. Thus […]

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

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

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

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 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.

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Pic courtesy: Vishwas Nerurkar – The many faces of a Genius.

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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21 Responses to “Bappi Lahiri – Kishore Kumar:A special bond.”

  1. 1
    A Singh Says:

    KK Bhappi Lahiri bond is indeed something special. In the 80s with falling standards of in fill making one doesn’t see much contribution from the KK-Bhappi combo except for ‘Namak Halal’ and ‘Sharaabi’. Plus Bhappi’s rise in 80s was due to gradually downfall of Pancham in the mid 80s. So many Pancham songs went to Bhappi. There is one more film ‘Mohabaat’ which has exceptionally good music. Bhappi himself has sung many songs which were hits.

  2. 2
    Messi Says:

    “Pyaar Maanga hai Tumhee se” is beautiful, it’s silently romantic.
    And “Kabhi Alvidaa naa kehnaa” is another great.

    Nice Article,
    Thank you

  3. 3
    Abhisek Says:

    Bappi Lahiri’s success was really mainly due to he got the world’s greatetest singer,Kishore Kumar,for many of his songs.

  4. 4
    Debjyoti Says:

    Really the way the genius Kishoreda paved the way for Bappi Lahiri’s success is great.Kishoreda is immortal,the world’s most popular genius.I even dream about Kishoreda.

  5. 5
    Monty Says:

    Sapna Dekhna buri aadat nahin hai… magar sapna to sapna hi hota hai na?

  6. 6
    AS Says:

    Ek Ladki badnaam Si has one of the best compositions. Bappi created magic with Kishore and Lata with “Rahe na Rahe hum”

  7. 7
    KKKALN Says:

    The combo is awesome,no doubt.Hats off to Kishoreda,the boss of all bosses.

  8. 8
    C.D.PATEL Says:

    I ALSO AGREE WITH KK KALAN–HATTS OF KISKORKUMAR–”THE BOSS OF ALLBOSSES..— C.D. PATEL.

  9. 9
    Gurufan Says:

    Some of the most memeorable songs came from this stable…chalte chalte, namak halaal etc

  10. 10
    Debjyoti Says:

    Also in bengali songs,this duo creared record and history.JAI KISHORE KUMAR!!!

  11. 11
    Soumitra Says:

    I really appreciate this artical, and thankful to all the person who worked to make those information available to us.

  12. 12
    Anis-ur-Rehman Says:

    Kishoreda–a great Singer & Bappida–a great Music Director. The Combination of these two great artists created many memorable song like Pyar Manga hai, Aao mere paas or aao, etc etc. Approximately all the songs were hit on Box office.

  13. 13
    pratik Says:

    can u give me mail add to bappi lahiri plz plz plz……….

  14. 14
    c.r. dhawan Says:

    u live in your music, in our
    heart,
    but still we miss you a lot
    kishoreda,

    i’m bhakt of kishoreda
    also i learn biogrphy of kishoredaji

    maine aapne jindgi kisi ki jindgi padhi hai to woh hai kishordaji.
    log apni jindgi me gita, ramayan kuran pdhake surwat karte hai
    lekin maine kishoreda ko padha aur mahsus kiya
    pata nhi kyu aisa lagata hai ki maine music ko apana dharam aur
    kishoreda & panchamda ko apana bhagwan man liya
    main apni jindgi me sirf teen logo inpress hun .aur woh
    hai,
    1 kishoreda
    2 panchamda
    3 srk

    luckyda

  15. 15
    SUJIT MHATRE Says:

    I LOVE KISHORE KUMAR. MAIN KISHOREDA KA BAHUT BADA FAN HU, MAIN USKA FAN HI NAHI A/C BHI HU. KASH WHO AAJ JINDA HOTE, JHA BHI HOTE MAIN UNSE MILNE JATA. Abhi Shayad, marneke bad hi mil payuga.

  16. 16
    arijit Says:

    sri kishore kumar was a man of big heart.kishoreji was a legend for me,he is my idol for singing.there is a soul in his voice& he also connect the people
    through his voice.no body can become kishore kumar,. amar shilpi tumi kishore kumar tomake janae tronam.

  17. 17
    Tariq Says:

    I am looking for the song rahen na rahen chahe hum aur tum from Ek LARKI BADNAAM SI, can anybody send it to me please?

  18. 18
    Rambha Pandey Says:

    kishor kumar’s songs totaly change my mood.

  19. 19
    madan Says:

    kishore kumar is the BAAP of all singer & bappi lahiri is BAAP of all music director I Love Both

  20. 20
    GOVINDRAJ KAURAV Says:

    HE IS A GOD FOR ALL KALAKAARS

  21. 21
    Mankeerat Says:

    I find Kishore Kumar’s voice so special I can listen to him gargle if someone
    has a recording!!! However it has saddened me to see his voice rendered fast post recording.

    Bappi Lahiri’s Chalte Chalte is another example of a song rendered considerably
    post recording, there seems too much raspiness in his voice for this song, as though the treble was cranked and bass set to zero when the speed up re_rendition happened

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