Who is Ratan Kahar? Badshah’s Genda Phool made him an internet sensation

First Published Mar 31, 2020, 2:46 PM IST

Badshah and Jacqueline Fernandez along with Payal Dev released a new song Genda Phool, which is originally written by Ratan Kahar

Rapper Badshah and actress Jacqueline Fernandez along with singer Payal Dev released a new track Genda Phool, which has a distinct folk melody fused with uber urban sounds.
While the song has already garnered more than 50mn views on YouTube, it has also been marred by plagiarism allegations.
The song has a line "Borlok er Bitilo, lomba lomba chul.....lal genda phool”, which will remind you of the original folk song Borloker Bitilo.
The Bengali folk song was originally written by Ratan Kahar, who was not given credit in the music video, which has violated the Indian Copyright Amendment Act 2012.
Just search Boro Loker Biti on YouTube, and it will take you to the original folk song, which can be heard in Badshah’s Genda Phool.
Who is Ratan Kahar? He is a folk singer and song composer living in Birbhum district of West Bengal.
Recently, his house was demolished because he didn't have money and now he is living in a temporary house.
Ratan Kahar’s song Boro Loker Biti was first adapted by singer Swapna Chakaraborty back in 1976, post which. They made to a lot of Bengali films and music together, but credit always went to her and not Ratan Kahar. The song also won the Golden Disk award.
He has also sung in Kolkata's Akashvani radio station. After that, Ratan Kahar began working with Akashvani under the supervision of Pahari Sanyan.
Ratan Kahar said many singers and lyrics have become famous and have made money out of his songs. But he stayed in darkness without due credit.