Bappi Lahiri, an Indian music composer, noted for his funky dance melodies and eye-catching dress sense, passed away at 69.
The singer, known affectionately as Bappi da, was most known for reviving disco music in the Indian mainstream throughout the 1980s and 1990s. His funky, foot-stomping music introduced Indians to disco and had the entire country dancing to his melodies. He was dubbed “Disco King” for his films such as Disco Dancer, Namak Halaal, Dance Dance, and Commando.
He recovered from Covid in April of last year but has been in the hospital for the past month. Unfortunately, he died Tuesday morning. Indeed, politicians, cricketers, and Hindi cinema stars have expressed their condolences, with many recalling their favorite tunes.
Hence, let us dive deeper into his music career and cherish the music legend’s life.
Best Works Of Bappi Lahiri
Bappi is well-known for his upbeat, dance-grooving compositions. He would be inspired by international music, sampling famous tunes and incorporating them into the Indian scene.
In brief, his tracks have been remixed with a contemporary twist. Yet some of his works did a number on its listeners more than others. Hence, we take a journey down memory lane, looking at his most famous works and singing tunes that music fans loved.
- Bambai Se Aaya Mera Dost – Aap Ki Khatir (1977)
- Dekha Hai Maine Tujhko Phir – Wardat (1981)
- Raat Baaki Baat Baaki – Namak Halaal (1982)
- Koi Yahan Aha Nache Nache – Disco Dancer (1982)
- Yaad Aa Raha Hai – Disco Dancer (1982)
- Jeena Bhi Kya Hai Jeena – Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki (1984)
- Yaar Bina Chain Kahan Re – Saaheb (1985)
- Dil Mein Ho Tum – Satyamev Jayate (1987)
- Tamma Tamma Loge – Thanedaar (1990)
- Ooh La La – The Dirty Picture (2012)
- Tune Maari Entriyaan – Gunday (2014)
Some Facts About Bappi Lahiri
Did you know that Bappi Lahiri is linked to Kishore Kumar, who assisted him in breaking into the music industry? On his maternal side, he is connected to Kishore Kumar. Indeed, Bappi Lahiri set a record by composing 12 super-hit silver jubilee films from 1983 to 1985.
Bappi Lahiri was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records in 1986 for recording over 180 songs for 33 films. In addition, Bappi Lahiri was the only Indian music director asked by Jonathon Ross to play live on BBC London in 1989.
Additionally, he was recognized by the House of Lords for his contributions to the non-governmental organization Justice for Widows. On January 28, 2018, Bappi was honored for his outstanding contributions to Bollywood. At the 63rd Filmfare Awards, he received the prestigious ‘Lifetime Achievement Award.’
Furthermore, aside from music, he is known as the ‘King of Bling.’ He is frequently spotted wearing a lot of jewelry. Bappi derives his inspiration from the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, with over 754 grams of gold chains and bracelets. According to reports, Bappi Lahiri had gold jewelry valued of up to Rs. 17,67,451 by 2014.
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