Stories in a song

Redemption song: ‘I Am A Disco Dancer’ by Vijay Benedict

The singer debuted with a massive hit but decided to forgo fame for devotional music.

Actor Mithun Chakraborty’s dance moves to the beat of the Bappi Lahiri composed song “I Am A Disco Dancer” made him an overnight sensation. It also brought into limelight a singer who was instantly christened as Chakraborty’s on-screen singing voice.

Play
‘I Am A Disco Dancer’ from ‘Disco Dancer’.

Vijay Benedict’s solo debut in Disco Dancer (1982) accelerated his singing career with such velocity that he decided to change tracks to keep his head out of the clouds. His career soared after the song became a huge hit, but it also meant he would have little time for his family.

In a 2010 interview, Benedict recalled his heydays. “Having gained much fame from my songs, I became a globetrotter with concerts all over the world,” he said. “It was at this juncture that an incident put a halt to everything and led me to ruminate and search for peace that the world and things around me could not offer,” he said, discussing the family tragedy that made him switch from Bollywood to Gospel.

Benedict’s younger brother was murdered in Germany. Benedict was filled with great despair. “The Word of God says that the rich man is attracted to money, ” he said. “I found it very difficult to love God and be in the film industry, so I left films and chose Lord Jesus Christ instead.”

Benedict studied Indian classical music. His singing career began with a sputter in 1978 when he sang “Nazar Lage Na Saathiyon” in Des Pardes. The song was shot with Dev Anand and sung by three other singers, Kishore Kumar, Amit Kumar, Manhar Udhas, for music composer Rajesh Roshan. Four years later, “I Am A Disco Dancer” was topping the charts, announcing Benedict's flashy arrival.

Benedict put his fame behind him and wouldn’t go as far to proclaim the ’82 hit as his redemption song. A pious man devoted to god, Benedict said, “One morning when I was composing a song, I heard a voice asking me ‘Can you not make one song for me?’” The result was “Yeshu Tu Hai Mahaan”, a redemption song if there ever was one.

Play
‘Yeshu Tu Hai Mahaan’.
We welcome your comments at letters@scroll.in.
Sponsored Content BY 

Children's Day is not for children alone

It’s also a time for adults to revisit their childhood.

Most adults look at childhood wistfully, as a time when the biggest worry was a scraped knee, every adult was a source of chocolate and every fight lasted only till the next playtime. Since time immemorial, children seem to have nailed the art of being joyful, and adults can learn a thing or two about stress-free living from them. Now it’s that time of the year again when children are celebrated for...simply being children, and let it serve as a timely reminder for adults to board that imaginary time machine and revisit their childhood. If you’re unable to unbuckle yourself from your adult seat, here is some inspiration.

Start small, by doodling at the back page of your to-do diary as a throwback to that ancient school tradition. If you’re more confident, you could even start your own comic strip featuring people in your lives. You can caricaturise them or attribute them animal personalities for the sake of humour. Stuck in a boring meeting? Draw your boss with mouse ears or your coffee with radioactive powers. Just make sure you give your colleagues aliases.

Pull a prank, those not resulting in revenue losses of course. Prank calls, creeping up behind someone…pull them out from your memory and watch as everyone has a good laugh. Dress up a little quirky for work. It’s time you tried those colourful ties, or tastefully mismatched socks. Dress as your favourite cartoon characters someday – it’s as easy as choosing a ponytail-style, drawing a scar on your forehead or converting a bath towel into a cape. Even dinner can be full of childish fun. No, you don’t have to eat spinach if you don’t like it. Use the available cutlery and bust out your favourite tunes. Spoons and forks are good enough for any beat and for the rest, count on your voice to belt out any pitch. Better yet, stream the classic cartoons of your childhood instead of binge watching drama or news; they seem even funnier as an adult. If you prefer reading before bedtime, do a reread of your favourite childhood book(s). You’ll be surprised by their timeless wisdom.

A regular day has scope for childhood indulgences in every nook and cranny. While walking down a lane, challenge your friend to a non-stop game of hopscotch till the end of the tiled footpath. If you’re of a petite frame, insist on a ride in the trolley as you about picking items in the supermarket. Challenge your fellow gym goers and trainers to a hula hoop routine, and beat ‘em to it!

Children have an incredible ability to be completely immersed in the moment during play, and acting like one benefits adults too. Just count the moments of precious laughter you will have added to your day in the process. So, take time to indulge yourself and celebrate life with child-like abandon, as the video below shows.

Play

This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of SBI Life and not by the Scroll editorial team.