INDIAN MELODY: Bappi Lahiri & Smita

October 11, 2016 by 1888media

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An outstanding achievement in World Music, INDIAN MELODY is the new collaboration between legendary Indian music icon Bappi Lahiri and vocalist Smita Guha.

Drawing from the rich heritage of Sufi, Bangla, Bhajan, and Ghazal, and adding flourishes of Classical, Disco and EDM, INDIAN MELODY is a deeply expressive album that showcases the variety and beauty of Indian melodies and Bangla expressionism. 

 INDIAN MELODY
1. Tu Hi Tu (You Are Everything) [Ghazal]
2. Hai Rabba [Sufi]
3. Allah Megh De [Traditional Bangla Folk]
4. Vaishnava Janato [Bhajan]
5. Aguner Poroshmoni [Rabindra Sangeet]
6. Piya Bina [Classical]
7. Allah Megh De (Club House Mix)

“Vaishnava Janato” by Nursing Mehta (Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite song)
“Aguner Poroshmoni” by Rabindranath Tagore (Nobel Laureate and India’s national poet)

Music produced by Bappi Lahiri & Bappa.B.Lahiri
Lyrics – Bappi Lahiri, Deepak Sneh & Bijoy Bhagat
Drums – Bappa.B.Lahiri

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BAPPI LAHIRI

Known as the “Disco King,” Bappi Lahiri was born in Kolkata and comes from an illustrious musical family, with his parents Aparesh Lahiri and Bansari Lahiri being well known Bengali classical singers and musicians. The famous artists Kishore Kumar and S Mukherjee are related to him from his maternal side. He started young, playing tabla at the age of 3 years and was later trained by his parents in music. In 2014, he became a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India, as a candidate vying for a Lok Sabha (House of the People, the lower house of India’s Bicameral-Parliament) seat from Srirampur in West Bengal.

Bappi Lahiri started his film career at the age of 19 years, when he moved to Mumbai in search of work. He made his debut in 1972, with a Bengali film called “Daadu” and his Hindi debut came in 1973 with a movie called “Nanha Shikari”. He made his debut as a playback singer in 1975 with a Hindi film called “Zakhmee”, for which he also composed music. Some other hit songs came with films like “Wardat”, “Pyara Dushman”, “Armaan”, “Disco Dancer,” “Dance Dance,” “Pyar Ke Naam Kurbaan,” “Namal Halal,” “Sharaabi,” and “Commando,” in which he showed his versatility, particularly in the disco genre. He was considered the best choice for composing music for Mithun Chakraborty movies and has aptly been given the title of “Disco King.”

To date, Lahiri has composed more than 5000 songs in over 500 movies in diverse languages, including Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Oriya, and Assamese was recognized by Guinness Book of World Records for having recorded more than 180 songs in 33 films during 1986.

Additionally, he has composed music for some Bangladeshi films and Hollywood films as well, such as “Eyewitness to Murder” and “Divine Lovers.” Mr. Lahiri is also an accredited actor, with roles in the films “Badhti ka Naam Daadhi,” “Kalakaar,” “Geet,” “Bombay Girls,” and “Om Shanti Om.” 

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SMITA GUHA

Based in Queens, NY, Dr. Smita Guha has taught music to children and adults for over 27 years and is currently a professor at St. John’s University.

With music degrees in Sangeet Prabhakar and Sangeet Bhushan in North Indian (Hindusthani) Classical and Rabindra Sangeet and Gita Prabha from Bengal Music College, Dr. Guha has also been trained in North Indian (Hindusthani) Classical and Bhajans from Pt. Ajoy Chakrabarty and is well versed in Tagore’s songs from Shree Prasad Sen and Smt. Suchitra Mitra.

Singing since the age of three, Smita’s repertoire includes Bhajans, Bengali songs, Tagore songs, Folk, Adhunik (Modern) and Bollywood as she performs regularly in India and the United States.

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