Bappi Lahiri, a veteran singer-composer, died in a Mumbai hospital after suffering from severe health concerns. A doctor at the hospital verified his death. On Tuesday night, he passed away at Mumbai’s CritiCare Hospital in Juhu. Bappi Lehri age was 69 at the time. A relative told ANI that the final rites would be on Thursday.
Bappi Lahiri, a music composer and vocalist who popularised disco music in India throughout the 1980s and 1990s passed away today in Mumbai’s CritiCare Hospital. “Lahiri had been in the hospital for a month before being released on Monday. On Tuesday, however, his health began to worsen, and his family requested that a doctor come to their house. He was taken to a hospital. As he was suffering from a variety of ailments. “He died just before midnight owing to OSA (obstructive sleep apnea),” said Dr. Deepak Namjoshi, the hospital’s director.
|Born||27 November 1952|
|Place of Birth||Jalpaiguri, West Bengal|
|Birth Name||Alokesh Lahiri|
|Nickname||Bappi Daa, Disco King of India|
|Died||15 February 2022 (aged 69)|
|Place of Death||Criti Care Hospital, Mumbai, India|
|Parents||Father: Aparesh LahiriMother: Bansari Lahiri|
|Children||Son: Bappa Lahiri|
Daughter: Rema Lahiri
Bappi Lahiri sang hit songs in films such as ‘Chalte Chalte,’ ‘Disco Dancer,’ and ‘Sharaabi’ in the late 1970s and 1980s. His most recent Bollywood song, Bhankas, was written for the 2020 film ‘Baaghi 3’.
Bappi Lehri Biography
Bappi Lahiri, sometimes known as Alokesh Lahiri, is a Hindi (or Bollywood) film music director. In the 1980s, he was known for films such as Disco Dancer, Namak Halaal, and Sharaabi. He was the first to incorporate disco music in Indian movies, and he also sang some of his songs. He enjoys wearing jewelry and is often seen with gold trinkets and dark spectacles. Also, he has more than one crore INR (roughly) worth of gold on his body, weighing about 2 kg (approx).
At the age of 19, he moved to Mumbai. Nanha Shikari was his debut Hindi film for which he wrote music (1973). Tahir Husain’s Hindi film Zakhmee (1975), for which he wrote the music and served as a playback vocalist, was a watershed moment in his career. He sang a duet called Nothing is Impossible with Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar for the same film.
His following film’s songs, Chalte Chalte, became a craze. Ravikant Nagaich’s vocals and music grew even more famous after the release of Suraksha. He has composed music for several South Indian Hindi films.
Bappi Lehri Family
Bappi Lahiri was born in Calcutta, West Bengal, into a musical family with a long history. Aparesh Lahiri, his father, was a well-known Bengali vocalist, and Banshori Lahiri, his mother, was a musician and singer who was well-versed in classical music and Shyama Sangeet. He was the only kid in the family.
Kishore Kumar and the S. Mukherjee family are among his mother’s relatives. He aspired to be renowned from a young age, not just in his home country but also worldwide. At the age of three, he started playing the tabla.
Bappi Lehri Career and Best Songs
Lahiri’s compositions for the film Chalte Chalte, notably the songs “Chalte Chalte mere yeh geet yaad rakhna na, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna hai” and “Pyar Mein Kabhi Kabhi hai,” were very famous in 1976. Kishore Kumar sang the first song co-wrote it with writer Amit Khanna. Kumar told Lahiri in a Screen India interview that the singer was so taken with the music that he told him, “Bappi, this is a memorable song.”
“I was so blown away by Shailendra Singh’s voice that I phoned Shaily to ask him if he’d sing a song for me,” Lahiri said in the same interview about the latter, which he created for singer Shailendra Singh. A contract with Raj Kapoor bound him forbade him from performing for too many outside banners. Shaily, on the other hand, assured me that he’d perform my song since he’s a good buddy. And he was true to his promise.”
Bappi Lehri Death Reason
- “Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and frequent chest infections affected Bappi Lahiri. He was admitted to CritiCare Hospital in Juhu for 29 days. On February 15, he came (for) home after a successful recovery. After a day at home, his health worsened again. He was sent back to CritiCare hospital in a severe condition. He died of his sickness at 11:45 p.m. Dr. Deepak Namjoshi, the hospital’s director, informed him ANI that he had OSA for the previous year. Last year, he was infected with Covid.
- Some Lesser Known Facts About Bappi Lahiri
- Bappi Lahiri was an Indian singer and music composer. He died on 16 February 2022 due to OSA (obstructive sleep apnea).
He was a nephew of the legendary Indian singer Kishore Kumar.
- Since childhood, he was interested in music. At the age of 3, he started playing the tabla and later, he learnt other musical instruments, like piano, drums, guitar, saxophone, bongos, and dholak.
He got immense popularity as a music composer with the Bollywood film ‘Zakhmee’ (1975).
- He composed music and sung songs in many Bollywood films, including ‘Chalte Chalte’ (1976), ‘Disco Dancer’ (1982), ‘Namak Halaal’ (1982), ‘Sharaabi’ (1984), ‘Dharma Karma’ (1997), ‘Taxi No. 9211’ (2006), ‘The Dirty Picture’ (2011), and ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’ (2017).
- He composed songs in different languages, including Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, and Oriya. Out of his more than 5000 songs, some of his popular songs are ‘Yaar Bina Chain Kaha Re’ from ‘Saaheb’ (1999), ‘I Am A Disco Dancer’ from ‘Disco Dancer’ (1982), ‘Aaj Rapat Jaayein’ from ‘Namak Halaal’ (1982), ‘Raat Baaqi’ from ‘Namak Halaal’ (1982), ‘Dede Pyaar De’ from ‘Sharaabi’ (1984), ‘Tamma Tamma’ from ‘Thanedar’ (1990), and ‘Ooh La La’ from ‘The Dirty Picture’ (2011).
- He also gave music in many Kannada films including ‘Africadalli Sheela’ (1986), ‘Krishna Nee Begane Baro’ (1986), ‘Police Matthu Dada’ (1991), and ‘Guru’ (1989).
- He composed music for many Telugu films like ‘Simhasanam’ (1986), ‘State Rowdy’ (1989), ‘Rowdy Inspector’ (1992), and ‘Punya Bhoomi Naa’ (1995).
- He is also known for his music in many Tamil films including ‘Apoorva Sahodarigal’ (1983), ‘Paadum Vaanampadi’ (1985), and ‘Kizhakku Africavil Sheela’ (1987).
- He worked as a dubbing artist too. In 2016, he dubbed in Hindi for the character of ‘Tamatoa’ in the animated film ‘Moana.’
- His another film as a dubbing artist is ‘Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle’ (2017) in which he dubbed in Hindi for Elton John’s character.
- He held the Guinness Book World record for doing 33 films in a year.
He received many awards for his contribution to the music industry. In an interview, he said,
- In 1996, he met the world-famous singer and dancer Michael Jackson in Jackson’s first live show in India.
- In 2002, the American R&B singer ‘Truth Hurts’ used a few lines of Bappi’s song ‘Thoda Resham Lagta Hai’ in his song. The copyright holders of the original song, Saregama India Ltd., sued the distributors, Interscope Records, and its parent company, ‘Universal Music Group,’ for more than $500 million as no credit was given to Bappi Lahiri or Saregamapa in Truth Hurts song’s credit list. Later, Bappi’s name was added to the credit list of the song. 
- He co-judged the popular singing reality show “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs” on Zee TV in 2006, “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge” in 2007, and “‘K For Kishore” on Sony TV.
- In 2008, he gave the music for Shah Rukh Khan‘s “Kolkata Knight Riders” team in the Indian Premier League.
- He joined the BJP on 31 January 2014 in the presence of the then-national president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, Rajnath Singh. In 2014, he contested for the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections from Srerampur (Lok Sabha constituency) but lost to Kalyan Banerjee of the All India Trinamool Congress.
- In 2018, he was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award at the 63rd Filmfare Awards.
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