Remembering Legendary Musician Bappi Lahiri, India’s “Golden” Boy

Popular music composer Bappi Lahiri died Wednesday morning at the age of 69. He was battling multiple health issues. According to doctors at CritiCare Hospital in Mumbai, where he had been admitted for a month, Lahiri died of complications from OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences. In a tweet, he said: “Shri Bappi Lahiri Ji’s music was all encompassing, beautifully expressing various emotions. People of all generations could relate to his works. His lively nature will be missed by all. Saddened by his disappearance. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.

His legacy will forever be etched in people’s memory. Over the years, the Kolkata born musician has delivered several hit songs. In fact, he was dubbed the “King of Disco” for introducing cabaret music into mainstream Bollywood music.

Early life

He was born into a family with a rich musical tradition in 1952. His father, Aparesh Lahiri, was a famous Bengali singer, and his mother, Bansari Lahiri, was also well versed in classical music and Shyama Sangeet. Veteran actor and singer Kishore Kumar was his maternal uncle.

journey to success

At the young age of just 19, Lahiri began his career as a composer with the Bengali film, Daadu (1972). The first Hindi film for which he composed music was — Nanha Shikari (1973). However, the singer-songwriter’s first major Bollywood hit was that of Aamir Khan’s father, Tahir Hussain. Zakhmee (1975). In the years after ZakhmeeLahiri has composed the successful music for several films, including Disco Dancer, Himmatwala, Sharaabi, Adventures of Tarzan, Dance Dance, Satyamev Jayate, Commando, Aaj Ke Shahenshah, Thanedaar, Numbri Aadmi, Shola Aur Shabnamamong others.

Lately, several of his songs — Oh dear from The dirty picture, Grant Maari Entriyaan from gunday, Tamma Tamma from Badrinath Ki Dulhaniaand more Areey Pyar Kar Le from Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan – have become chartbusters. His last composition was a song called — Bhankas — for the 2020 movie Baghi 3.

Apart from Bengali and Hindi, Bappi Lahiri has also sung hit numbers in several other languages. In 2021, he revealed that he made his acting debut in a film starring Kishore Kumar – Badhti Ka Naam Dadhi. The title is similar to Kishore’s 1958 film “Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi“.

Bappi Lahiri received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award at the 63rd Filmfare Awards in 2018.

First post: STI


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