Babla & His Orchestra (Bhule Bisere Geet) - 2392 179 - (Condition 85-90%) - LP Record
Babla & Kanchan were
an Indian husband-wife musical group best known for work in the chutney music
and Desi Folk music genres. They performed together for forty years until
Kanchan died in 2004. Originating from India, their music is well known
through the world, especially in countries like Canada, United States,
Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Jamaica, the Caribbean, the Netherlands,
Mauritius, Fiji, South Africa, Suriname, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and
United Kingdom. Babla is the younger brother of famous music director duo
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
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 Disco Dandiya".
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 films.
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
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.
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 traveling abroad.
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.
Babla & His Orchestra
(Bhule Bisere Geet) - 2392 179