Legendary Bollywood singer and composer, Bappi Lahiri, takes his last breath at the age of 69 in a Mumbai hospital leaving everyone numb and shocked. Known as ‘The Disco King’ of the country, his compositions in the 70s,80s, and 90s created huge waves in the music industry.
Having been born and brought up in a musical family in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri, he started playing tabla at an early age after which his interest in music grew by. Although his original name was Alokesh Lahiri, it was his nickname ‘Bappi Lahiri’ which became popular. After shifting to Mumbai in order to establish himself in the music industry, he started his journey with the film ‘Nanha Shikari’ in 1973. Being able to show his talent, he got opportunities in movies like ‘Zakhmee’, ‘Chalte Chalte’, ‘Aapki Khaatir’, ‘Wardat’ and many more which made him a hit music composer of that era. The film which changed the musical landscape of Bollywood, ‘Disco Dancer’ revolutionized the Disco genre in India after which Bappi Lahiri came to be regarded as ‘The Disco King’. The powerful vocals he delivered in many super hit songs made the compositions more joyful and attractive. Even in the current era, he sang many megahits like ‘Oo la la’ from The Dirty Picture, ‘Tune Maari Entriyaan’ from ‘Gunday’ which are quite popular among the youth today. His last recorded song was from the film Baaghi 3 which is a remixed version of his own song ‘Ek Aankh Maaru’ from the film Tohfa.
‘Bappi Daa’, as he was called among the music fraternity, was known to be very cheerful and lively. He had a great inclination towards gold due to which his dressing sense was quite an interesting talk among people. The way his compositions are popular even today, show what a genius musician the music industry has lost. The music that he has left behind will always make him immortal among many generations to come.