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Interview: Bappi Lahiri on Judging the Star Jalsha Show Phire Asar Gaan, His Award Winning Short Film and More (Sholoana Bangaliana Exclusive)

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Known popularly as the Disco King, Bappi Lahiri is still ruling the hearts of millions of fans with his songs. Starting his career at the young age of nineteen, he had the opportunity to work with the singing legends of the music industry like Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle, Usha Uthup and others. The ace music director-singer will now be seen as the judge of the reality show Phire Asar Gaan which is aired on Star Jalsha. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent caught up with this musical genius on the sets of Phire Asar Gaan. Read on….

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- The show Phire Asar Gaan is about nostalgia. Similarly the name Bappi Lahiri also spells nostalgia. How is your experience till now of judging this show?

Bappi Lahiri- Well, this is indeed a noble concept. Putting bands on our eyes and listening to the songs. You do not see the singer before. It is only after you like the voice of the person that you remove the band from your eyes. In today’s time people listen less to the songs and watch them more. In my career of forty six years, from Chalte Chalte to Gundaay, Jai Gangaajal, how audiences listen to songs have undergone a huge change. If you come to my house, you will find over a hundred platinum discs on the walls of my house. In such a situation, listening to the songs before you actually watch the singer is indeed good. Moreover, giving a second chance to those singers who could not make it big in the first chance is also helpful for them. This is my 21st show on the National television and I am glad to see this initiative.

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You are a wonderful stage performer and so are Usha Uthup and Amit Kumar. You also have worked with them before. You must be having fun judging the participants with them on the show?

Bappi Lahiri- True!! I have worked with Usha Uthup in songs like Ramba Ho, Uree uree baba and others and also with Amit Kumar in songs like Chali aana tu paan ke dukan pe.  So I have a good working relationship with them. We all have experiences of performing on stage. So we are utilizing those experiences when we are judging the participants on the stage.

Do you really feel that these reality shows give great opportunities to upcoming singers in making their presence felt before the audiences?

Bappi Lahiri- Absolutely!! You see most of the top singers of today’s time starting from Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan, Aditya Narayan, Arijit Singh, Kunal ganjawala have started off from singing in such reality shows. Arijit Singh is singing very well and he has sung numerous hit songs. So the stage is very helpful for finding new talents. Without new talents, the music industry will not be able to progress.

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You have given chances to many new comers. So do you have any plans of giving a chance to any singer on this show?

Bappi Lahiri- New talent needs to be promoted and I have done so before too. I have already declared that I will be giving Snighdhojeet a chance to sing a song. He has great vocal abilities. If he can keep his mind cool, he will surely go a long way. He has the ability. I have given him the nickname “Bon Jovi Nusrat Mix”. Priyanka is also good. Apart from him, all the other participants are outstanding.

What are the next projects that you are working on?

Bappi Lahiri- Jai Gangaajal has released already. Apart from that I have a film with Salman Khan and also a film named Sattya Sai Baba. An album of Tagore songs that I have done was recently released on You Tube. I have also directed a short film “Slum Stars of India” which has received widespread recognition. The film was released by the Prime Ministers of three countries- Shri Narendra Modi (India), Sheikh Hasina (Bangladesh) and Sri Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli (Nepal). “Slumstars of India” has been broad casted by Fox News in the US and received Best Short Film at the Sydney Film Festival and at the Rajasthan Film Festival.

I have also done a song for Bengali New Year’s day named “Notun bochor abar elo amar Banglai”. This has been promoted on You Tube and I have made a video for this song. Prime Minister of Bangladesh has appreciated this song and has asked for this song.

Slum Stars of India focused on the singing sensations in the slums of Dharavi, Mumbai. Do you have any plans of making such a short film on the Kolkata slums?

Bappi Lahiri- Yes, the next film will focus on the slums of Kolkata. Slumdog Millionaire, the name did not sound good to me. An individual living in the slum should not be so named. Instead Slum Stars sound good to me. Everyone has to toil hard to achieve success.

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With Jai Gangaajal, you achieved the feat of composing music for 650 films. Congrats on the achievement. How does it feel?

Bappi Lahiri- (smiles) I am privileged that people have loved me so much that I have been able to continue with this job for so many years. I am also blessed that I have been able to work with musical maestros of the past and also with new talents of the present time. I went to Dhaka a few days ago and about twenty five thousand people turned up. To see so much love showered on me makes me feel wonderful and blessed. I had to sing “Oo la la” three times and then I performed a Baul song. I will be next going to Dubai for the Bong Connection show. See, more than anything else, I have always been proud that I am a Bengali. Wherever I go, whatever I may do, this fact remains etched in my heart and mind.

With an advanced wish for Sholoana Bangaliana readers on the occasion of the upcoming Bengali New Year’s Day, Bappi Lahiri headed for the shoot of Phire Asar Gaan yet again!!

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Priyanka Dutta takes a keen interest in lifestyle and entertainment related news. She also enjoys interviewing celebrities and other renowned personalities. Priyanka holds a post graduate degree in English and Mass Communication. Journalism is her passion and she has reported for many a reputed international web portals.

 

 

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New Star Jalsha Show Phire Asar Gaan Gives Wonderful Platform to Talented Singers

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“Everyone deserves a second chance to fulfill one’s dream. With Phire Asar Gaan exposure is provided to those who are talented and have always dreamt for an opportunity to show their passion for music” said Bappi Lahiri on the sets of Phire Asar Gaan.

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Sayani Ghosh and Biswanath Basu act as hosts of this show while the show is being judged by Usha Uthup, Bappi Lahiri and Amit Kumar.

“I immensely liked the concept of blind audition. We actually did not see the finalists until we removed the band from our eyes. This is an impartial way of selecting candidates for sure. What makes it even more special is the fact that contestants are getting a second chance at pursuing their dreams” said Usha Uthup.

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Ace singer Amit Kumar who is also on the judges’ panel praised the concept of this show highly. When asked about the status of modern songs, the singer said “I hardly listen to any of the songs. The lyrics are so meaningless. I listen to the old songs though I have already heard all of them. Still they are better. Even now old songs are remixed and sung at functions and shows. Old is gold”.

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Suparna Chakraborty is the creative director while the screenplay is by Shibashish Bandyopadhyay. Gagandeep Bijraniya is the director of this show while the music has been composed by Chandrashish Mukherjee.

The show Phire Asar Gaan is aired every Sunday at 9pm on Star Jalsha.

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New Star Jalsa Music Reality Show Phire Asar Gaan to Give New Talents an Unmatched Platform

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A second in life is what many people need. But many do not get this. Star Jalsha’s new show Phire Asar Gaan will give such individuals a platform to fulfil their dream. With the help of this show, many individuals who aspired to be a singer will get the opportunity to show their singing talent.

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Sixteen participants will showcase their talent in the first two episodes of this new show. Eight participants will be then selected for the rest of the episodes in the blind audition method. This will enable the talented individuals to dream and also show their passion for music.

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Sayoni Ghosh and Biswanath will be anchoring the show. Seated on the judge seats will be veteran singers like Bappi Lahiri, Amit Kumar and Usha Uthup.

Starting from Sunday, 13th of March, Pihre Asar Gaan will be aired every Sunday from 9pm to 10pm only on Star Jalsha.

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24th Kalakar Awards 2016 awards Raja Murad with the Lifetime Achievement Award

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Veteran Bollywood Actor Raja Murad was honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the recently held 24th Kalakar Awards 2016 event held at Science City auditorium.

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Kalakar Awards is recognized as one of the leading award ceremonies of Eastern India. The brand Kalakar is all about a vision and the relentless pursuit towards its success. Kalakar Awards is the most eagerly awaited annual event in the cultural calendar of Eastern India, attended by a host of dignitaries, stars and celebrities from film and television industry alike.

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The occasion was also graced by the presence of renowned Celebrities and Dignitaries like Purna Chandra Das-Baul, Bratya Basu, Madhur Bhandarkar, Arindam Sil, Anuradha Paudwal, Payel Sarkar, Kyra Dutt, Karan Mehra (Naitik of Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai), Radhika Madan (Ishani of Meri Ashiqui Tum Se Hi).

The gala award ceremony also witnessed the musical recital by Anuradha Paudwal, Bappi Lahiri and Arman Malik.

The 24th Kalakar Awards therefore kept up to its name and honored dignitaries from both Tollywood and Bollywood alike.

 

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Bappi Lahiri becomes the first Indian composer to be lauded by the Queen Of England

The Queen of England has sent an appreciation letter from Buckingham palace to veteran composer Bappi Lahiri on his melodious composition on the 60th anniversary of her coronation. A fusion of Ganesh vandana with a prayer that blesses the Queen with long life, the composition saw yet another facet of this versatile genius who becomes the first Indian composer to be lauded by the Queen.

This achievement is another feather in his already overcrowded cap. Considering that Bappi da was awarded the Justice for Widows Award recently for his composition and contribution on International Widows Day at The House of Lords, looks like we will soon see the veteran crooning at Buckingham Palace very soon. Here is looking forward to that!