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Monday, December 11, 2023

Bappi Lahiri: India’s Disco Pioneer Is No More

The king of synthesized disco beats, composer Bappi Lahiri, has passed away at the age of 69 in a Mumbai hospital. He was treated for multiple health issues. Reports believe he died due to Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Apparently, Mr Lahiri was also discharged on Monday but his health deteriorated on Tuesday.

Fondly known as ‘Bappi Da’ will be cremated tomorrow after the arrival of son Bappa from the US. A family statement confirms the same: “It’s a deeply sad moment for us. Our beloved Bappi Da has left for heavenly abode last midnight. The cremation will take on the arrival of Bappa From LA tomorrow mid-morning. We are seeking love and blessings for his soul.”

Bappi Da was among the most prominent figures in Indian film music. A pioneer of disco in the 80s and 90s Bollywood. He composed super-hit film albums like Disco Dancer, Dance Dance, Chalte Chalte and Namak Halaal, to name a few. He also had extensive music credits in the world of Bengali cinema. He sang several of his own compositions. Among them ‘Koi Yaha Naache Naache’ from Disco Dancer and ‘Pyar Bina Chain Kaha’ from Saheb. Bappi da. He presented a charismatic figure with his trademark gold chains and sunglasses.

His real name was Alokesh. Mr Lahiri’s last Bollywood song was Bhankas for the 2020 film Baaghi 3. He is survived by his wife, son Bappa and daughter Rema.

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