Bappi Lahiri's on cloud nine
Music composer Bappi Lahiri is on cloud nine as singing legend Lata Mangeshkar, who has worked with his father and him, will record a song for his son Bappa.
Ebullient Bappi told IANS, "Lata didi, who recorded songs for my father Aparesh Lahiri, also sang some of my most beautiful ballads including Saiyyan bina ghar soona (Aangan Ki Kali), Jaane kyon mujhe (Agreement), Dard ki ragini (Pyaas) and Sooni Sej sajaa doon(Jyoti) and, of course, the song Thoda resham lagtahai which became a huge international re-mix hit. Now Lata didi will record a song for my son Bappa."
"There have been many instances of Lata didi singing for father and son composers, like Sachin Dev Burman-Rahul Dev Burman, Roshan-Rajesh Roshan and Chitragupta-Anand-Milind. But never has she sung for a third-generation composer from the same family, or any family. I feel very blessed," he added.
Bappi is very much in demand as a singer. In the last few months he has recorded as many as 15 songs in 15 days for music directors as far ranging as Vishal-Shekhar and debutant Nitin Shankar for whom he has sung for a film called Bombay To Goa.
"Earlier I'd sing only my own songs. Now suddenly new-generation music composers want my vocals. What can I say? But my proudest moment came when I sang for my son for an untitled film being produced by Sanjay Gupta.
"It was a very big moment for me, because I had sung for my father and now I got to sing for my son. I don't think any composer had the privilege to sing for both his father and son."
The other occasion when a father-composer got to sing for his son was when Sachin Dev sang Doli mein bithaiyeeke for Rahul Dev in Amar Prem.