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Bappi Lahiri dies at 69: Bollywood, in complete shock, after the demise of Disco pioneer of Indian Cinema

Bappi Lahiri, a music composer and vocalist who popularised disco music in India in the 1980s and 1990s, died today in Mumbai’s CritiCare Hospital. He was 69 years old at the time.

Bappi Lahiri dies at 69: Bollywood, in complete shock, after the demise of Disco pioneer of Indian Cinema
Bappi Lahiri's last Bollywood song titled Bhankas was for the 2020 film Baaghi 3

The legendary singer, songwriter, and music producer Bappi Lahiri dies in Mumbai at the age of 69. Lahiri, known to popularize disco music in Bollywood, his claim to fame included several hits like I am a Disco Dancer, filmed on the famous Bollywood actor Mithun Chakravarti. 

Bappi Lahiri, affectionately known as Bappi Da, was popular in the late 70s to early 90s. His music and songs dominated the film industry during the 80s, with popular soundtracks from films like Disco Dancer, Namak Halaal, Masterji, Dance Dance, Himmatwala, Tohfa, Commando, Sailaab, and Sharaabi

With Tahir Husain’s, Zakhmee, he caught people’s eyeballs. He composed music and was also a playback singer. He even composed a duet with Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar called Nothing Is Impossible, for this film. 

All songs from the film Chalte Chalte became superhits, which brought him recognition as a music director at the national level. His last Bollywood song was from the Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor starer Baaghi 3 called Bhankas, it was a 2020 release.

Last year in April, the singer had been admitted to Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital after testing positive for Covid 19. He recovered after a few days. 

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As PTI has reported, the musician had been admitted to the hospital for a month and was discharged on Monday. His health deteriorated on Tuesday. 

Dr. Deepak Namjoshi, director of the hospital CritiCare and the Physician, Cardiologist, and Pulmonologist, said his health deteriorated on Tuesday, he was brought to the hospital. He had multiple health issues and died due to OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) before midnight

His last on-screen appearance was with Salman Khan on the reality show Bigg Boss 15. He was there to promote his grandson Swastik’s new song Baccha Party.

Bappi Lahiri dies at 69: Bollywood, in complete shock, after the demise of Disco pioneer of Indian Cinema
February has been a sad month for Indian music – legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar (seen here with Bappi Lahiri) also died a few days ago

After the huge loss of  Musical icon Lata Mangeshkar, who died at the age of 92, on 6th February 2022, at Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai, due to multiple organ failures, Bappi Lahiri’s death came as a shock for the Hindi Film Industry. Losing two legendary icons consecutively has made quite a stir in the Indian Film Industry. 

Bappi Lahiri was born into a Brahmin family in Jalpaiguri. His parents, Aparesh Lahiri and Bansuri Lahiri, both were Bengali musicians trained in classical music and Shyama Sangeet. His relatives include singer Kishore Kumar, who is said to be his maternal uncle. The Disco Singer started learning music at the age of three and was trained by his parents. He can play tabla, piano, drum, guitar, saxophone, bongos, and dholak. Being born and raised in a musical family, he later succeeded in his musical career by creating music under popular labels like Saregama, Venus, Tips Music, and many more.

Losing him today feels like an end of an era. His craft will always be appreciated even by the younger generation and the generations to come ahead. He has left his fans with a rich history, that will keep him alive in people’s hearts forever.

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