The man who pushed disco music forward in India is gone! Eyes couldn’t be wetter than right now. Just a few days ago we lost our queen of melody Lata Mangeshkar, then only yesterday the news of the passing of legendary Bengali singer and musician Sandhya Mukherjee, and now Bappi Da! Now we can say that it is seriously the end of an era of music! At 69, due to OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea), Bappi Lahiri breathed his last shortly before midnight in Mumbai (February 15, 2022). The news came as a shock to many fans of this legendary Indian singer, songwriter, politician, record producer, and so on!
Earlier, he was admitted to the hospital for a month. However, only on Monday he got his leave. But again, out of the blue, his condition worsened on Tuesday, following which he was admitted to hospital. According to doctors, Alokesh Lahiri popularly known as Bappi Da had multiple health issues. The family said they are awaiting the return of Bappi Da’s musician son, “Bappa Lahiri”, from Los Angeles, United States. And so, the last rites of this veteran Indian singer would take place tomorrow, February 17.
In no time, all the industry megastars, top politicians and all his fans all over the world paid tribute to him through their heartfelt notes and memorable photos that were taken with him. Interestingly, among the first to cry was Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He focused on the fact that people across generations could identify with Bappi Da’s works. Moreover, it was her lively nature that everyone would miss deeply! Bappi Lahiri’s last public appearance was on one of the weekend episodes of Bigg Boss 15 with Salman Khan.
Bappi Da was also active on his Instagram handle. Interestingly, the caption of his last post is worth mentioning. He wrote that “old is still gold!” And today, these words define the present moment! As we all pay our respects, let’s take a look back at his enchanting career and legacy, which Bappi Da left behind!
Bappi Lahiri’s career and the legacy he left!
The man who played a major role in strengthening the roots of several megastars like Mithun Chakraborty through his legendary song “I Am A Disco Dancer”, was a child prodigy. And interestingly, he was born into a family whose backbone was music. Bappi Lahiri was born into a Bengali Brahmin family in Jalpaiguri to Aparesh Lahiri and Bansuri Lahiri, who were both Bengali singers and musicians of classical music and Shyama Sangeet. He was their only child. Moreover, it is worth mentioning that one of the greatest and most dynamic singers in the history of Indian music- Kishore Kumarwas his maternal uncle!
Bappi Da started her musical journey under the guidance of her parents. And at the tender age of 3, he started playing the tabla! Over the years, he reserved his name for disco-style songs, where he introduced the harmonization of iconic Indian music with international sounds and youthful, upbeat beats. Bappi Da’s enchanting career had flourished in the world of multiple languages, mainly Bengali and Hindi! The enormous fame he began to receive in the late 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s for the film soundtracks composed by him, will continue to infinity!
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Yaar Bina Chain Kaha Re, Tamma Tamma Loge, Ooh La La, Bambai Se Aaya Mera Dost, Tune Maari Entriyaan, Yaad Aa Raha Hai, De De Pyar De including I Am A Disco Dancer are some of Bappi’s big hits Lahiri in Hindi entertainment industry! Then Bolchi Tomar Kane Kane, Aaj Ei Dintake, Jano Naki Tumi, Jibanta Kichhu Noy, Chirodini Tumi Je Aamar, Tomra Paisa Diye are some of the massive hits in the Bangla world who leaned on the shoulders of Bappi Da! Other than that, he will be remembered for his iconic look embellished with heavy gold chains, golden ornaments, velvety cardigans and sunglasses!
The first opportunity he grabbed was at a cinema in West Bengal, Daadu, in 1974. And the first Hindi film for which he composed the music was in 1973 for Nanha Shikari. The major turning point in Bappi Da’s career came with Tahir Husain’s Hindi film Zakhmee in 1975, in which he composed music and doubled as a playback singer. Then his music in Ogo Bodhu Shundori 1981 was also a hit, and the list goes on! While his legendary compositions in the rock world have always had his back on the dance floor, his several soothing tunes never fail to make our evening perfect! The legendary veteran singer-songwriter is above all prizes! Bappi Da would be alive through the music he left behind!
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