How Shiv-Hari got Amitabh Bachchan to sing ‘Rang Barse’: ‘Allahabad ka hai, usse gava diya’

MD Merajul IslamMay 10, 2022

Famend Santoor participant Pandit Shivkumar Sharma passed away on Tuesday. He was 84. The maestro composed music for a lot of well-liked Yash Chopra movies within the Nineteen Eighties and Nineties. Movies like Silsila, Chandni, Darr, Lamhe and lots of others with iconic evergreen songs had music composers Shiv-Hari on the helm. Nonetheless, sceptics believed that the musical duo, additionally together with flautist Hariprasad Chaurasiya, would dilute their artwork to satisfy the calls for of Bollywood.

The Santoor participant recalled that on the time, there was numerous ‘criticism’ from all quarters in opposition to classical musicians composing for a Hindi movie. Shivkumar Sharma recalled in an interview with Sathya Saran for Rediff, “There was numerous criticism on the time, with folks asking why classical musicians had been being requested to attain music; had been we diluting our artwork for industrial causes? We realised we needed to rise to the event. We spent many periods with Yashji, discussing conditions, areas, story. He gave us the screenplay which we learn fastidiously.”

In an interview with Sathya Saran for Rediff, the composers recalled how they roped in Amitabh Bachchan to sing ‘Rang Barse’, ‘Neela Aasmaan So Gaya’ and his poetry recitation for ‘Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum’ for Silsila. For ‘Rang Barse’, the composers wished him to sing a Hori and Hariprasad recollected, “Allahabad ka hai, usse gava diya, jaise gale me haat dal ke (He’s from Allahabad, we made him sing).” He additional recalled that Yash Chopra prompt that Amitabh’s father Harivanshrai Bachchan ought to write the track.

“Harivanshraiji was in Bombay at the moment, so he was requested. Inside an hour, the track was written, tailored from a track sung in rural UP. He wasted no time in any respect, particularly since his son was to sing it,” Chaurasiya recalled. The duo remembered that Huge B put in numerous hours within the rehearsal of the track.  “He practiced it properly; the singing, actions, the whole lot. And he obtained the inflections completely,” he mentioned.

For the track ‘Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum’, Shivkumar Sharma recalled that Yash Chopra wished poetry set to music however they prompt that they might begin with poetry, have the track, and have poetic verses between the track. “It was not a track scenario in any respect; Yashji wished phrases, poetry, set to music. We prompt a track and that poetic verses are available between the track, as an alternative of interlude music. First the sthayi, then the recitation, then the antara, then phrases once more,” Sharma recalled.

Speaking about ‘Neela Aasmaan So Gaya’, the flautist recalled, “I preferred the sound of the tune, informed him to sing it to us and developed it right into a full-fledged track.”

Shiv-Hari’s final movie compositions featured within the Yash Chopra movie Darr.


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