Bollywood disco legend Bappi Lahiri dies at 69


A file photo of Bappi Lahiri. (courtesy: bappilahiri_official_)

Strong points

  • Bappi Lahiri died in Bombay
  • He died at the age of 69
  • He died in a Mumbai hospital last night

New Delhi:

Composer Bappi Lahiri, known for his synthesized disco beats, died last night in a Mumbai hospital at the age of 69. He had been hospitalized for a month and being treated for multiple health issues, reports the PTI news agency. “Bappi Lahiri had been admitted to hospital for a month and was discharged on Monday. But his health deteriorated on Tuesday and his family called a doctor to come to their home. He was taken to the hospital. He had multiple medical conditions. He died of OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) shortly before midnight,” Dr. Deepak Namjoshi, director of CritiCare Hospital, told PTI.

Bappi Lahiri’s last rites will take place at Pawan Hans Crematorium on Thursday after his son Bappa arrives from the United States, PTI reports.

Bollywood tributes to Bappi Lahiri poured in this morning. Akshay Kumar tweeted, “Today we lost another gem of the music industry. Bappi Da, your voice was the reason millions danced including me. Thank you for all the happiness you have brought through your music. My sincere condolences to the family. Om Shanti.” Ajay Devgan tweeted: “Bappi Da was so endearing in person. But his music had an edge. He introduced a more contemporary style to Hindi film music with Chalte Chalte, Suraksha and disco dancer. Shanti Dada. We will miss you.”

Bappi Lahiri, one of the most influential figures in Indian film music, was a pioneer of disco in 80s and 90s Bollywood, composing hit soundtracks for films such as disco dancer, Dance Dance, Chalte Chalte and Namak Halal. He also had many musical credits in the world of Bengali cinema. He sang many of his own compositions, including Koi Yaha Naache Naache from the disco Dancer and Chain Pyar Bina Kaha from saheb. bappi aas he was affectionately known, cut a fine figure with his gold chains and signature sunglasses.

Bappi Lahiri, real name Alokesh, also had a brief career as a politician, joining the BJP in 2014. He lost the Lok Sabha election that year to a candidate from Trinamool.

Bappi Lahiri’s last Bollywood song was Bhankas for movie 2020 Baghi 3. He is survived by his son Bappa and his daughter Rema.


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