“King of Disco” no more – singer and composer Bappi Lahiri dies in Mumbai hospital

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“King of Disco” no more – singer and composer Bappi Lahiri dies in Mumbai hospital

He was infected with Covid-19 in April last year. Bappi Lahiri was admitted to Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai at that time. After a while he recovered and returned home. He succumbed to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) at Juhu Hospital, in Mumbai at midnight on Tuesday. He was 69 years old at the time of his death.

According to hospital sources, he was admitted to the hospital for various physical problems for the last one month. Bappi returned home on Monday. But on Tuesday he fell ill again. The family doctor told him to be admitted to Criticare Hospital again. He died at the same hospital at midnight on Tuesday.

Bappi Lahiri is one of the most popular names in the world of Hindi cinema in the 1960’s and 70’s. He has composed tunes in Super Dupper Hit films like ‘Disco Dancer’, ‘Chalte Chalte’, ‘Sharabi’, in Bengali ‘Amar Sangi’, ‘Asha O Bhalobasha’, ‘Amar Tumi’, ‘Amar Prem’ etc.

He sang many songs as a playback singer. For his last song ‘Buggy-3’ in 2020. Legend late Kishore Kumar was Bappi’s relative, he called him uncle. Father Aparesh Lahiri and mother Bansari Lahiri both belong to the musical fraternity. Bappi was born on 26 November 1952 in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal. The only child Bappi was also attracted to music since childhood. Mom, get the first song training from father. His parents named him Alokesh, but he became popular as Bappi.

Legends R.D. Burman, S.D. Burman, Hemanta Mukherjee, Manna Dey, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle shared the stage with him and his journey started with a super hit song by Kishore Kumar from “Chalte Chalte Mere Yeh Geet Yaad Rakhna”.

After that he sang Bengali and Hindi movie songs for a long time. Gave the tune. He always loved to wear lots of gold jewelry. He used to say, ‘My God’s name is Sona(Gold)!’ Received multiple awards and honors.

Bappi Lahiri also entered politics. He joined the BJP and contested the Lok Sabha elections from the Serampore constituency in West Bengal. But Bappi never felt comfortable in politics.

His tunes may have been influenced by the western world, even so, popularity was unparallel with Mithun Chakraborty’s “Disco Dancer”. India lost another pillar of the Bollywood playback music world.

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