Kolkata: Bappi Lahiri was just three-year-old when Lata Mangeshkar spotted him playing the tabla. India’s nightingale had predicted that he would make the world dance to his rhythm. On February 6, Lata passed away and on February 15, at the age of 69, Bappi da, as he was fondly known as in the music fraternity, breathed his last. The Indian music industry is heartbroken.
But both the musical gems shared a strong connection. Lata had sung for Bappi’s first composition in a Bengali film ‘Daadu’ in 1969. “If she hadn’t sung for me, I’d have been swept away by the competition,” Bappi had said in an interview.
When the entire nation is mourning the loss of two stalwarts of Indian music, a few throwback pictures of Bappi da with Lata have surfaced on social media, thus making all music lovers emotional.
In one of the pictures, a smiling Bappi da can be seen with Lata. A childhood photograph of Bappi da sitting on Lata’s lap also went viral. For those who are unaware, Kishore Kumar was Bappi da’s maternal uncle and has crooned for the veteran music director several times including the superhit songs like ‘Chalte Chalte,’ ‘Pag Ghungroo Baandh’, ‘Taaki O Taaki’ and ‘Inteha Ho Gayi.’ In one of the throwback photographs, we see Lata, Bappi da and Kishore Kumar.
When the ‘Queen of Melody’ passed away, Bappi da posted a throwback photo of the India’s nightingale on Instagram. He captioned it ‘Maa.’
Big B pens tribute for Bappi Lahiri
Amitabh Bachchan also penned a heartfelt tribute for the veteran singer-composer. Taking to his blog, Big B wrote, “Bappi Lahiri .. music director extraordinaire passes away .. shocked and surprised and in the misery of these tragic events of ‘passing’ in the rapid succession of times .. his songs of films with me are and shall I believe remain eternal .. they are played hummed sung along in these modern generation times with alacrity and rejoice .. and the ability of his sense of success with a particular moment, untethered .. checking in to board a flight at Heathrow from London to home and a gentle tap on your shoulder, ‘your this film is going to be very successful and the song I just gave, shall be remembered for ages’ ..”
He further added, “he was right .. and learning the graphs of some, at his modest home , in rehearsal, an even greater experience ..slowly they all leave us .. good night dearests .. it nears the hour of 2 am and the (sleep emojis) it colludes to perform well..”
Bappi da has collaborated with Amitabh on various songs including ‘Raat Baaqi Baat Baaqi’, ‘Dhoop Mein Nikla Na Karo’, ‘Pag Ghungroo Baandh’ and ‘Manzileh Apni Jagan Hai’, among others.
India’s nightingale sings in heaven
With the country mourning the loss of three music icons — Lata Mangeshkar, Sandhya Mukherjee and Bappi Lahiri — netizens share photos to remind of the legends. Among the many photographs shared on social media, one is a painting by Ravish Dhanwade. In the painting which has been shared by Anup Jalota and Adnan Sami, it seems Lata is being welcomed into heaven. Lata has a mic in her hand. Kishore Kumar, also with a microphone, is welcoming her with a smile while Mohammad Rafi, Mukesh, Manna Dey, Naushad Saheb, Madan Mohan, SD Burman and RD Burman look on. These are her friends from the music fraternity with whom she has worked with. The painting has made music lovers across the country emotional.