Bappi Lahiri, The Bollywood King of Disco passes away at the age of 69

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Bappi Lahiri, the singer-composer who popularised disco music in Bollywood in the 80s and 90s, died after suffering from severe health concerns.

Saksham Kumar

He was best known for his synthesized disco beats, died in a Mumbai hospital Friday night at the age of 69. He died of obstructive sleep apnea after spending a month in the hospital for various health conditions.

He was a pioneer of disco in Bollywood in the 1980s and 1990s, writing superhit soundtracks for films like Disco Dancer (1982), Dance Dance (1987), Chalte Chalte (1976), and Namak Halaal (1982). In the field of Bengali cinema, he also had a long list of soundtrack credits. He performed several of his own works, including DiscoDancer’s Koi Yaha Naache Naache and Saheb’s Pyar Bina Chain Kaha. With his distinctive gold chains and sunglasses, Bappi da, as he was affectionately known, was a dazzling figure.

Bappi Lahiri in his young days

Life of Bappi Lahiri: Aparesh Lahiri, his father, was a well-known Bengali vocalist, and Bansari Lahiri, his mother, was a musician and singer who was well-versed in classical music and Shyama Sangeet. His parents instilled a love of music in him. Bappi had his own distinct sense of style. His attire ranged from traditional Indian kurta and sherwani to western sweatshirts and blazers, and he was the perfect blend of East and West. He liked to wear jewelry that was symbolic of important events in his life. He is considered India’s pioneer of disco beats, had the entire country dancing for decades with his invigorating, lively, and rhythmic music. He is usually credited with being the single inventor of the disco beat in India. Even now, he is known in India as the “Disco King.” Bappi Lahiri was the most popular music director in the 1980s because of his well-known compositions for films like Disco Dancer, which have left an indelible impression on those who have heard the music. Bappi is known for his ongoing ambition to reinvent himself and tackle the difficulty of keeping up with current generations’ quickly changing preferences.

Many famous celebrities and politicians shared their condolences through social media.

President Ramnath Kovind with his condolence message
PM Narendra Modi shared a photo with Bappi Lahiri in his remembrance

Bappi Lahiri, whose real name is Alokesh, also had a brief political career, joining the BJP in 2014. He was defeated by a Trinamool candidate in the Lok Sabha election that year.

Bhankas for the 2020 film Baaghi 3 was Bappi Lahiri’s last Bollywood song. His wife, son Bappa, and daughter Rema survive him.

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