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Bappi Lahiri at Grammy Awards

india Updated: Jan 31, 2012 15:36 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times
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Bappi Lahiri could well have a reason to celebrate early next month. His album 'World Peace, Love & Harmony' is among the top five albums being considered for a Grammy nomination this year. When asked, Lahiri confirms the news: “From what I’ve heard, my album will make it to the nominations and, God willing, has had enough word-of-mouth publicity to actually win a Grammy. The nominations will be out in the first week of December. If I get one, I will become the first Indian composer of an album to make it.”



Lahiri worked on the album in collaboration with American and Indian instrumentalists like jazz saxophonist Gerald Albright, Mridangam player TV Gopalakrishnan (AR Rahman and Illaiyaraja’s teacher) and Grammy winner Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. The carnatic album will release in the US and India. Lahiri and lyricist Ishita Roonghtaa have written the songs. The album even has a song rendered by his daughter Reema.



The disco king decided to come up with the album after witnessing the 26/11 attacks in the city in 2008, and before that, the 9/11 attacks in the US in 2001: “It’s a weird coincidence, but I was present in both cities when they were attacked. I cried like a baby when Mumbai was attacked because I couldn’t understand why so many innocents were being killed.”



Apart from this, the composer is excited about singing for Mithun Chakraborty in

Golmaal 3

. “I didn’t sing the original ‘

I am a disco dancer’

, but I’ve done playback for Mithun several times. The last time was 25 years ago. I must say that he’s just as charming as he was then,” gushes Lahiri. The singer-composer also claimed that the popular

Dabangg

track ‘

Munni badnaam hui’

, and

‘Jai ho’

from

Slumdog Millionaire

have been lifted from his compositions. “I didn’t accuse anyone. Daler Mehndi pointed out to me that

‘Ramba ho’

had inspired

‘Jai ho’

. And all the other composers agreed that

‘Gori kabse hui jawaan’

has inspired

‘Munni’

says Lahiri. “I’m not accusing anyone, but one should credit the original composer?”



A year and a half ago, Lahiri was expected to collaborate with the former Jackson 5. He admits that the project has gone kaput: “I worked hard on getting all the five siblings together on my album. We had worked out the deal, but Michael passed away one morning and the album’s idea died too,” sighs Lahiri. “Nevertheless, I am still in touch with the remaining four. And we are collaborating on a project next year.”