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Saturday, July 09, 2005

An original and a copy

Thee are hundreds of songs that are copied blatantly. The sad fact is that the folk singers who compose the originals lose out on the big bucks made by slick artistes from the Bombay film industry. Take Nimbuda Nimbuda from HDDCS for example. The original Rajasthani song was composed by Ghazni Khan Manganiyar. You can listen to it here - it is the 9th song from the bottom.

Two years ago the Sunday Tribune had an interesting article on it.
"The song was actually composed by a little-known folk singer, Ghazni Khan Manganiyar," informs Kothari. "Its original Rajasthani version was even recorded in a private album. And now, somebody from Bombay comes, steals his song and takes all the credit!"The worst part, according to the archivist, is that Manganiyar cannot sing his song any more. "He has to take permission and perhaps, even pay royalty to the Bombay composer for singing his own song," says Kothari. "This is grossly unfair."
In Hindi, one would say; chori aur seena jori.


Blogger neha said...

Yeah I think the original singer came on one of the news channel and sang the song. a few people gt to know of the blatant copying, but didnt really know what could be done about it!

5:32 AM  
Blogger Twilight Fairy said...

true..and some of the *oldest* evergreen melodies from bollywood are also stolen 'foreign' tunes!

2:02 AM  

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