Music composer-singer Bappi Lahiri, a self-confessed devotee of all religions, recently said that he has created a song of Gayatri Mantra and Buddha chants, which he plans to send to the Grammy Award committee.
“Recently I have made something of only chants which will be going to the Grammys. There is Gayatri Mantra and Buddha chants in it, because people abroad like chants tremendously. You can check Tina Turner on Youtube, world number one singer, she has done so many rock songs, but she has created chants, it is very popular there,” Lahiri said on the during the poster launch of the film ‘Umformung’, based on Buddhist monks.
He added, “I love monks because just now I returned from Darjeeling Mirik and I am always a very great devotee of Buddha, I am a devotee of all religions.”
Lahiri had recently made a short film titled ‘Slum Stars’, which won multiple awards at international festivals.
While talking about the film, he said, “I did the film to encourage slum people. I am always going to Hollywood and Quincy Jones, renowned composer, who has discovered Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, told me that everybody is from slums, raj mahal (palace) is made later. In fact, there are no slums, because when we come to the cities, we make it a raj mahal, so I just tried to encourage those who sing well.”
Lahiri ruled the Bollywood music scene in the 1980s and 1990s with filmi soundtracks like Wardat, Disco Dancer, Namak Halaal, Dance Dance, Commando, Sailaab and Sharaabi among others. His most recent hit includes the song ‘Oh la la la’ for the film ‘Dirty Picture’, which became an instant hit with the masses.