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Will sue Kailash Kher: Gorakhpur fest theme song writer

Press Trust of India  |  Gorakhpur (UP) 

The of a song dedicated to a sect that Yogi Adityanath belongs to has threatened to sue singer for defamation.

said the tune of his 'Nath Yogi', the theme song for the Gorakhpur Mahotsav which opened here today, is based on a Bhojpuri folk ditty that he had heard a woman sing more than 30 years ago.

has accused Bawra of copying the tune and lyrics of the song 'Adi Yogi', which the said he had performed at a Mahashivratri programme attended by Prime Minister Modi in last year.

The six-minute long 'Nath Yogi' song will be played during the three-day festival at Gorakhpur, Adityanath's home turf, and is dedicated to the Hindu Nath sect to which the belongs.

A from Gazipur, Bawra, whose son has sung the theme song, in turn accused of copying Bhojpuri numbers.

"I am consulting my for a case of defamation against false allegations. If anyone has to say anything against my 'Nath Yogi' theme song of the Gorakhpur Mahotsav, he should go to court and I will answer him there," Bawra told reporters here yesterday.

He claimed the 'Nath Yogi' song was an original composition and was not a copy.

"The only similarity between the two songs is the word 'Yogi' which is associated with the 'Nath cult' and no one can write a 'Nath cult' song without using the word 'Yogi' or 'Jogi'," he said.

The tune of the song was based on a Bhojpuri folk song, he added.

"I got inspired by a woman's song. In 1987, when I was travelling in a train, a poor woman was singing 'solah saal ki kanya kumara re bani'," he said.

"If my song resembles any other song, it is only the poor beggar woman's song," Bawra asserted.

Maintaining that he had not copied any tune, he said the raga of the two songs was the same.

"A raga is not subject to copyright," he added.

"I don't want to take anybody's name, but this kind of attitude against my 19-year-old son is surprising. Moreover, the song is for a great event - the Gorakhpur Mahotsav - and not for any commercial purpose," he said.

Bawra claimed Kher was envious because the song had become popular.

"This is least expected of a great artiste like him," he added.

Kher had alleged earlier this week that the tune and some of the words of the mahotsav theme song were similar to the one that he had performed last year.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 17:45 IST