The tune of the Odia song in question ‘Pakhi Pakhi’, sung by well-known singer Udit Narayan, is almost similar to Zubeen Garg’s popular Assamese number ‘Pakhi Pakhi Ei Mon’, released 15 years ago.
Now noted Assamese singer Zubeen Garg is planning legal action against the music director and producer of the Odia film “Tapori” for allegedly copying a song composed by him in their film.
Here is the Odia song, rendered by Udit Narayan.
“This song recently sung by Udit Narayan ji is a total copy of my song “pakhi pakhi ei mon” which I wrote/composed and sung 15 years ago. As an artist, I won’t tolerate this, and I hereby declare that I am going to take legal action against this. I condemn this act,” Zubeen wrote on his official Facebook page.
The singer, who hit the national headlines with his Hindi number ‘Ya Ali’ in 2006, clarified that he had nothing against Udit Narayan. Zubeen said he was talking about the music director Asad Nizam and producer Adikanda Sahu of the Odia film directed by Biswajit Panda.
Zubeen, whose first album ‘Anamika’ was released in 1992, has sung thousands of songs in Assamese, Hindi, and many other Indian languages. He also writes songs, composes music, and acts. He also said two other songs of his were copied in Odia – the title song of the film ‘Anjali’ and ‘Chagala Chagala’ from Mu Diwana To Pain.
Here is Zubeen Garg’s original song which was a cult classic in Assam.