22 Facts About Bappi Lahiri


Bappi Lahiri popularised the use of synthesised disco music in Indian music industry and sang some of his own compositions.


Bappi Lahiri was popular in the 1980s and 1990s with filmi soundtracks.


Bappi Lahiri delivered major box office successes in Bengali, Telugu, and Kannada films.


Bappi Lahiri's music was well received into the 21st century.


Alokesh Aparesh Lahiri was born into a Bengali Brahmin family in Calcutta.


Bappi Lahiri's parents, were both singers who met while performing for All India Radio.


Bappi Lahiri's relatives include singer Kishore Kumar, his maternal uncle.


Bappi Lahiri showed talent as a child playing the tabla and studied with Samta Prasad on the advice of Lata Mangeshkar.


Bappi Lahiri thought of creating his own signature appearance when he becomes successful, and later upon becoming successful, he created his signature "golden jewellery" look inspired by that of Presley.


Bappi Lahiri received his first opportunity in a Bengali film, Daadu, where Lata Mangeshkar sang his composition.


Bappi Lahiri sang duet with Sulakshana Pandit named Jana Kahan Hai which gave him recognition as singer.


Bappi Lahiri composed music for some ghazals, namely "Kisi Nazar Ko Tera Intezaar Aaj Bhi Hai" and "Aawaz Di Hai" for the 1985 film Aitbaar.


Bappi Lahiri entered the Guinness Book of World Records for recording over 180 songs for 33 films in 1986.


Apart from his popular disco-electronic music, Bappi Lahiri was known for his signature look of his sartorial style that consisted gold chains, golden embellishments, velvety cardigans and sunglasses.


In late 2016, Bappi Lahiri voiced the character of Tamatoa in the Hindi-dubbed version of Disney's 3D computer-animated fantasy adventure film Moana; he composed and sang "Shona", the Hindi version of "Shiny".


Bappi Lahiri won Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award at 63rd Filmfare Awards.


Bappi Lahiri joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on 31 January 2014 in the presence of Rajnath Singh, the then-national President of Bharatiya Janata Party, to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha election.


Bappi Lahiri was made a BJP candidate from Srerampur in 2014, but lost to Kalyan Banerjee.


Bappi Lahiri died of obstructive sleep apnea in Mumbai, on 15 February 2022 at the age of 69.


Bappi Lahiri became popular in the late 1970s-80s and early 1990s for the film soundtracks composed by him such as Naya Kadam, Aangan Ki Kali, Wardat, Disco Dancer, Haathkadi, Namak Halaal, Masterji, Dance Dance, Himmatwala, Justice Chaudhury, Tohfa, Maqsad, Commando, Naukar Biwi Ka, Adhikar and Sharaabi.


Bappi Lahiri was known for disco-style songs where he brought orchestration and fusion of Indian music with international sounds and youthful upbeat rhythms.


Composer Bappi Lahiri's discarded disco track Zindagi Meri Dance Dance was left out of the Babbar Subhash film Dance Dance although it featured on the vinyl album release at the time.