Strains of Life - Born in Delhi to Inderjeet and Raj Rani Mehta, this modest family had no claims to any musical heritage, although Papa Inderjeet, who was a banker, was an ardent fan of Manna Dey. Perhaps, this streak of music from Papaji rubbed on to young Babla who developed an inclination towards music right from childhood. This love for music soon became the calling of his soul and remains so, till date. The result has been a life dedicated to music.
Interestingly, Babla Mehta never sang in school, being a shy and reticent lad. He often hummed melodies but never had the courage to sing on stage. However, it came to pass that one day, while in college, he corrected one of the boys about a particular song saying it was sung inaccurately. The boy retorted rudely and questioned his knowledge of music. And that was the day he decided it was time he started singing and show the world that he had talent. That was only the beginning. He has never looked back since.
This is interesting-as he grew up, Babla Mehta walked in Papa’s footsteps and became a banker. But the core of his heart lay in music. While working at the bank, he also did shows. At one such show, music veteran Gulshan Kumar spotted this talented young man and signed him on to cut a disc. Without informing his parents, he quit the banking job although he left daily for work at the same time. It was only when his album was launched that he presented a copy to his parents and told them about his having quit the bank. The rest is history….
Babla Mehta’s mission in life is to bring back the lost melody of yesteryears by using contemporary technology so that the charm and the soul of music remains alive through changing times.
Bombay Times: Babla Mehta-Bringing in the lost melody in music
Punjab Kesari: Mukesh ki gunj - Babla Mehta
NDA: The Musical all-rounder
Zuban Pe Dard Bhari Daastan
Mukesh Ki Yaadein (Volume 1-10)
Jai Shree Hanuman (Solo-Album)
Ram Charit Manas (A set of 8 cassettes/CDs)
Dil Hai Ke Maanta Nahi
Chhota Sa Ghar (1996)
Pyar Ka Rog (1994)
Janam Se Pehley (1994)
Jeena Marna Tere Sang (1992)
Pyar Bhara Dil (1991)
Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin (1991)
Jeene Do (1990)
Perhaps the most striking feature of Babla Mehta’s voice is the absolute similarity to the legendary Mukesh. He has sung more than 250 hit songs of Mukesh, compiled in 10 solo albums, besides 6 albums with duets. His voice and natural rendition of songs subconsciously resembles that of Mukesh. It is this unique similarity that has earned him astounding popularity.
Babla Mehta has set up a state-of-the-art music-recording studio, ‘Silver Bells’, to provide end-to-end solutions ranging from composition to master track. The studio, based in Andheri West, Mumbai, is digitally equipped with sophisticated outboard processor, microphones of the like of Neumann U-87, AKG 414 and others. The studio room is centrally air-conditioned and can accommodate 10-12 violinists comfortably in the event of live music recording. The monitor room is spacious. The studio has gained popularity, owing to increasing recordings of film songs and assignments from prestigious banners.
Silver Bells uses the best of both technologies - Analogue and Digital - for Music Production, Mastering and Commercial Audio.
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Babla Mehta & Pancham Da - There is a special bond between R.D. Burman and Babla Mehta. It was destiny’s call that led Babla Mehta to meet R.D. Burman. Sometime in the year 1990, R.D. Burman was passing through Khar when the song ‘Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo’ was blaring from an audiocassette shop. On hearing the song, R.D. Burman, remarked how beautifully Mukesh had sung the song. His friend who was traveling with him told him that it was not Mukesh; but Babla Mehta who had sung this song. R.D was so impressed that he called Babla Mehta to meet him the very next day.
R.D. Burman had a special fondness for Babla Mehta and always supported him. It so happened that once when Babla Mehta was away for his sister’s wedding, he got an invitation from R.D. Burman who had organized a show in Tripura, his hometown. On his invitation, instead of going to Mumbai Babla Mehta took a flight to Kolkata on his way to Tripura. And he was extremely humbled as he found R.D. Burman himself at the airport to receive him. According to Babla Mehta, Pancham Da was an exceptionally good human being and an equally exceptional music director. Though in an industry known for exploitation, R.D. Burman never exploited anybody who came his way.
Babla Mehta & Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma - Babla Mehta had a fulfilling experience when he met Shivji In the course of the conversation, it became evident that Babla Mehta sang like Mukesh. But Shivji asked him whether he could also sing songs sung by Raji and Kishore. Babla Mehta assured him that he could sing almost all the hit songs of Bollywood legendary singers. Shivji then asked him to sing songs of other singers. He sang a few of them remarkably well which landed him an assignment to sing a song for their upcoming film “Chandni” by Yash Raj Films. This was the song ‘Tere Mere Hoton Pe’ with Lata Mangeshkar.
Babla Mehta began his career as a stage artiste and despite becoming a playback singer has kept in touch with stage shows. He has attracted audiences all around the world in countries such as the West Indies, Singapore, Thailand, Canada, the USA, the UK, Portugal, Mauritius, Holland, South Africa, and the Middle East. He has performed over 300 shows in a span of 20 years.