Above all, he was my friend: Runa Laila

Bappi Lahiri’s acquaintance with Runa Layla during the work of ‘Super Runa’ album in the eighties. Their relationship since then. Although the relationship started because of the profession, at one time it took the form of a family relationship. Bappi Lahiri’s daughter also has a great friendship with Runa Layla’s daughter. Runa-Bappi’s friendship lasted for four decades. Runa Laila, a renowned musician of the subcontinent, was shocked by the sudden demise of that friend.
Shocked Runa Laila said, ‘I am deeply saddened and saddened to hear the news of the death of the extraordinarily talented composer and musician Bappi Lahiri. I have had the privilege of working with him on several film songs and song albums, one of which was the super hit album “Super Runa”. The two of us sang together on different stages of the world. Above all, he was my friend. A very funny favorite person. It’s hard to say goodbye to such a talented person, he could have taken himself even higher. In the last few days I have said goodbye to Lata Didi, Sandhya Mukherjee Didi and now Bappiji. I have no language to mourn their loss. I am completely stunned and depressed. ‘

Speaking about working with Bappi Lahiri on the album ‘Super Runa’, Runa Laila said, ‘The recording of this pop album was done in 1982 at Abby Road Studios in London. Members of the once famous band Beatles recorded their songs there. Memories of recording with Bappiji in that studio will be remembered forever. The album “Super Runa” sold 1 lakh copies on the day of its release. For this, the production company EMI Music gave me the Golden Disc Award as a gift. ‘
Reminiscing about her work in ‘Super Runa’, Runa Laila added, ছিলাম ‘I sang a song to Bappiji’s tune in the 1989 Bollywood film “Jan-e-Bahar” directed by Prakash Kapoor. It was titled “Mar Gayo Re Rasgolla Khilai Ke Mar Gayo Re”. Mohammad Rafi Saheb and Anand Kumar also sang in it. The song written by Gowher Kanpuri was very popular.

Exactly 5 years later, in 1984, Runa Laila sang another Hindi song to the tune of Bappi Lahiri. Referring to that, he said, “I sang the song ‘Aye Dilwale Aao’ written by Indibar and sung by Bappiji in the film ‘Yadgar’ directed by Dasari Narayan Rao.” It starred Kamal Hasan and Poonam Dhillon. It’s one of my favorite songs. ”
Runa Laila wanted to celebrate her birthday on November 16, 2016 in Kolkata. So Alamgir and Runa Laila went to Calcutta before their birthday. If you want, you can celebrate the birthday of the superstar in this way! In the case of Runa Layla, that was not possible at all. Popular Indian singer and music director Bappi Lahiri grew up with his wife at the hotel where Runa Laila stayed in Kolkata. Bappi Lahiri spoke on the phone after learning that Runa Layla was staying at the same hotel. Then the two met. Bappi Lahiri appeared in Runa’s room at the hotel with flowers and cake. Recalling that memory, Runa Laila said, ‘I went to Calcutta with Mr. Alamgir (Nayak Alamgir) to spend Seba’s birthday. We got up at the Grand Oberoi Hotel. At that time Bappiji was his wife in the same hotel. Knowing I was there, he first greeted me on the phone. Then he came to our room with his wife with flowers and cake. I cut the cake with four people. I didn’t think I would get him like this on his birthday. The incident was a surprise to me. After cutting the cake we chatted. I reminisced about the recording of “Supan Runa”. That was our last meeting. ”

Indian singer, composer and music director Bappi Lahiri. He died at a private hospital in Mumbai at midnight on Tuesday. He was 69 years old. This news has been reported in NDTV report. Deepak Namjoshi, director of Criticare Hospital in Mumbai, told PTI that Bappi Lahiri had been in the hospital for a month. He returned home after being released from the hospital last Monday. The next day, a doctor was called to the house by his family when his condition deteriorated. Bappi Lahiri died of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) shortly before midnight yesterday.

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