Big B goes nostalgic, recalls history behind Holi songs

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New Delhi: Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who featured in many popular Holi numbers, went nostalgic on Wednesday, as he recalled the history behind many of these hit songs, including Rang barse.

In a Facebook post, he said that both Rang barse, from the 1981 Bollywood movie Silsila, and Hori kheley from Baghbaan are "legacy" of his father and poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan.

"My entire childhood and later years right up to the film industry time, these were the songs sung by my father ... folk songs of UP... We would pick up a dholak and he would sing," he wrote.

"I repeated this during the times when I worked in Kolkata and early years of the film industry. Yash Chopra used to hear this from me each Holi at Prateeksha, when one day he decided to bring it to film .. and Rang Barse took birth in film ... though the words and tune are all my father's !!

"Then Baghbaan happened. Hori kheley is another Holi song that would be sung by my Father, another folk song. When Ravi Chopra directing the film 'Baghbaan' asked me for a Holi number, I told him I would get one for him ... so Aadesh Srivastava and me sat one night and recorded this ... another contribution by my father." PTI

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