Ratan Kahar, creator of 'Boroloker biti lo': I want Badshah to visit me and help me
Bengali folk artist Ratan Kahar You are suddenly in the spotlight like never before. It's the kind of center of attention in India that didn't enjoy even at the peak of its success when it created the all-time Bengali pop hit 'Boroloker biti lo' all those decades ago in 1972.
Kahar's name stands out because rap superstar Badshah you've used portions of the song in his new single, 'Genda phool'. Soon after the song was released, social media went wild accusing Badshah of plagiarism, citing Kahar as the original's creator. Following this, the rapper on Wednesday had issued a statement saying he has been trying to reach out to Kahar but has not been able to do so owing to the nationwide lockdown.
Kahar, a veteran folk singer and songwriter now lives in poverty in Birbhum District Siuri city with his family. Age has affected his health, but even today, people call him from far away places like Durgapur Congratulate him on his music, and he sings and dances on stage with the taste of a teenager.
Reacting to the news that Badshah wants to reach out to him to acknowledge the fact that his creativty has been used in 'Genda phool', Kahar sounds happy.
It feels great that such a renowned artist has used my song and expressed his desire to help me. I have seen your video and I liked it, said the singer singer of more than 80 years to the media agency.
He adds after a pause, on a more sober note: I hope Badshah will help me. I expect a little monetary help from him. I live in a poverty-stricken condition and will be glad to receive his help.
When a star like Badshah, who has a global fan base, used 'Boroloker biti lo' in his new song, Kahar's creation has also reached audiences all over the world. The song that he created in 1972 is today seeing a spirited revival. Does Kahar feel the rush all over again?
It feels great that people are listening to my song. I am very proud and happy. This song of mine has enjoyed immense popularity in many years, but only within west of bengal . I had never imagined an artist of Badshah 's stature would use it. I'm happy that people everywhere else are listening to my song now. Badshah has used the track in his own style, and in a way nobody did before.
Kahar is now eager to meet Badshah. He wants the rapper to visit his place. I want Badshah to visit me and talk to me. I would first like to thank him for using my song. I am also eager to discuss music with him if he has the time, expressed the folk artist.
On Wednesday rapper Badshah tweeted his statement where talking about Ratan Kahar he mentions: After receiving so much information from the Bengali community, I have been constantly trying my best to reach out to him and connect with him and be able to do justice to the situation to all my might. However, the lockdown situation has not been very helpful, it has been difficult to get through to the village that Shri Kahar is in and I am still trying. I urge and request any of the representatives who have been speaking on his behalf, to help me connect with him so I can do whatever possible on my part on humanitarian grounds to put this right.