“Kishore Kumar ek hi the. Woh aaye aur chale gaye. Woh kabhi dobaara nahi aayenge,” says veteran music composer-singer Bappi Lahiri, as he talks about his maternal uncle, late singer Kishore Kumar on his 87th birth anniversary.
He says there are so many memories that he has of his maama (uncle) that he can talk endlessly about them. Bappi says what today’s generation needs to learn from the late singer is his dedication towards his work.
“Before coming to a studio to record a number, he would ask me to send cassettes to his home so that he could listen to the track and do the riyaaz. When he entered the studio, he knew exactly how the song has to be sung. It was not like today that singers listen to the track for the first time when they enter the studio for the recording,” recalls Bappi about his maama on his birthday (August 4).
“After my parents, mujhe sabse zyada aashirwaad Kishore maama se mila. That is why I am what I am today,” says Bappi.
Singer Kishore Kumar was Bappi Lahiri’s maternal uncle.
Listen to Bappi speaking to HT reporter about his uncle: