Babla And His Orchestra - 6405 621 - (Condition 85-90%) - LP Record
Babla Shah, drummer, percussionist, live performing
artist, composer and record producer (b. Lxmichand Shah 1942, in Mumbai,
Maharashtra, India), started his band popularly called Babla Orchestra in
1962, and since then performed over a thousand dance concerts and music shows
around the planet.
Shah was perhaps at his most active when touring with
Kumari Kanchan Dinkerao Mail Shah in the 1980s, as the CD music revolution in
pop music was first taking hold.
A form of Folk Dance from the state of Gujarat called
Dandiya Raas or Garba Raas was musically redefined by Babla Shah in the 1970s
at his live Navratri Music Performances in India, the USA, Australia,
Singapore, Canada, London, and many other places.
The dance music for these sensual folk dances came to be
termed chutney (from a morph on the culinary term chutney) and was later
credited to having originated in Trinidad and Tobago, due to its prominent
semi-traditional Indian-ancestry population. However, sources insist that it
was this lively duo and their efforts to revive the hit songs of lesser-known
chutney pioneers like Sundar Popo that truly made chutney the international
dance phenomenon it is to this day.
However, the music soon took on a trajectory and had a
life of its own and became a Caribbean-origin popular style in its own right,
arguably cross-pollinating and influencing various other popular styles.
Chutney music and dance concerts remain popular social and cultural events in
the so-called Lesser Antilles until today, and perhaps due in part to the
touring groundwork laid by Babla & Kanchan decades earlier, is arguably
an important pillar of Caribbean culture.
Because popular music tends to be released en masse (e.g.,
dance music compilations often used by DJs to cover a wide variety of styles),
chutneys origin as a primarily Indian style may have become somewhat unknown.
Babla Shah is popularly called India's "Pioneer of
In the year 2011 Shah was awarded the Radio Mirchi (one of
India's largest FM broadcast networks) Music Award for Outstanding
Contribution to Hindi Film Music.
He has served as a Rhythm Arranger & Music Producer in
over 100 Indian feature films alongside veteran Music composers such as
Padmashri Kalyanji Anandji.
Shah started playing rhythms in live performances at eight
years old with his elder music composer brothers, to their combined acclaim.
As a Music Director on his own, he has also composed music for several Indian
Babla Shah was also credited as the first music director
to add the then-new sounds of rapidly tunable "Roto Tom" drums in
soundtrack recordings for the iconic Indian original song “Laila O Laila”
sung by his wife Kanchan in the 1980 film Qurbani.
After appearing as a playback singer in the films Rafoo
Chakkar, Dharamatma and Qurbani, Kanchan joined her husband and together they
performed and toured around the globe.
Their international engagements (playing live shows and
orchestra music) then kept them away from Hindi (Bollywood) film music. They
were mostly popular in Caribbean countries, where they covered soca hits like
"Hot Hot Hot" and they also revived older hits by their chutney
music predecessor singer Sundar Popo. Due to their extensive touring support,
their LP albums including Kuch Gadbad Hai sold well for an Indian group
Kanchan's solo albums like Kaise Bani were popular with
the Bhojpuri audience. Her fame led to product endorsement deals for
promoting various consumer brands including those of Johnson & Johnson.
According to film music expert Rajesh Subramanian the song
"Khaike Pan Banaraswala" was composed by Babla.
Babla Shah is still actively performing music across
India, and he occasionally appears at selected shows abroad, where his
decades of works created as artist, producer and Caribbean cultural icon have
elevated his profile to a beloved and legendary status.[citation needed.