It's an astonishing feat, and only a composer of Bappi Lahiri's
zingy spirit could pull it off.
Says the ebullient Bappi-da "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(Pyaasa) and Sooni Sej sajaa
doon(Jyoti) and of course the song Thoda resham lagta hai which
became a huge international re-mix hit. Now, Lata Didi will record
a song for my son Bappa."
Bappi is naturally very proud. "There have been many instances
of Lata Didi singing for father and son composers, like Sachin
Dev&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 very blessed."
Bappi-da currently in the news for his presence as a star-judge
on the popular Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Little Champs music show, is suddenly
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
Bappi-da 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 song Bappa Lahiri 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 only other occasion when a father-composer got to sing for
his son was when Sachin Dev Burman sang Doli mein bithaiyeeke for
R.D in Amar Prem.