Amitabh Bachchan remembers his father on his birth anniversary
Sr Bachchan paid tribute to poet father and talks about his love and respect towards him
On the occasion of Harivanshrai Bachchan‘s 107th birth anniversary, his son and megastar Amitabh Bachchan called him a “unique genius”, and also remembered one time when the noted poet called him his “best poetry”.
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Amitabh Bachchan: Who would want to listen to ‘Madhushala’?
The actor is recording his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s revered collection of poems
Modern technology has overshadowed the feel of original music, rues Amitabh Bachchan, who is recording his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s Madhushala in his voice. Madhushala, a collection of poems, which talks about the complexities of life, was published in 1935. The megastar is also skeptical about the poetry connecting with today’s youth. “…singing the verses of Madhushala, the ‘alaap’ and lending orchestral brilliance to the basic structure that I made in an impromptu setting on my piano. What a different world this is…. We crave today in music sittings for the age of unplugged instrumentation. The reality and the joy of listening to the original sounds of string and ‘dholak’. Of the great masters and their wares – the Sarod, the Shehnai, the Sarangi, the Sitar. All lost and buried under the weight of modern sounds, mastered and manufactured through science and technology. All gone and overtaken by technology,” the 69-year-old posted on his blog. Click here to read more
Big B to record father’s work in his voice?
A leading music company has approached megastar Amitabh Bachchan to record his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s works in his voice. “I am approached by a music company of repute. They wish for me to record for them my father’s works all over again. They have the rights to one that we did, my father and me, many years ago – Bachchan recites Bachchan,” the 69-year-old posted on his blog bigb.bigadda.com. “Now they wish me to sing some of his verse in my voice! They present me with some gifts. And I am amazed what it is. It is the old style record vinyl LP player, along with some LPs of my films. They tell me that this is what is being made popular by the generation next,” he added. Harivansh Rai, a noted Hindi poet, is credited with literary works like Madhushala and Agneepath. He died in 2003. Amitabh, his eldest son, has been making efforts to popularise his works internationally by reciting his poems in New York and Paris. Earlier, he has expressed a desire to open a museum to store his father’s works.
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KBC 5: Teachers’ Day tribute
Big B talks about the great teachers of India on September 5
Amitabh Bachchan recites lines from his father, poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s famous book of quatrains, Madhushala. Kaun Banega Crorepati 5‘s Teachers’ Day episode starts with Amrita Singh, a student from Jharkhand, on the hot seat. Click here to read more