Disco King of Indian cinema Bappi Lahiri turns 67

Last Modified Wednesday, 27 November 2019 (17:01 IST)
Kolkata: Bollywood on Friday turned 67.West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee greeted him on the occasion."Warmest birthday greetings to @thebappilahiri Da. May you continue to bring us joy with your music," Ms Banerjee posted on her social networking page."We were honoured to have felicitated you with Sangeet Samman and Mahanayak Samma," she added.
Bengali film superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee in a tweet massage said, "A very #HappyBirthday to the man with the golden heart, the legendary composer #BappiLahiri da."Born on this day in 1952 into a family with a rich tradition in classical music, Bappi has his own unmatched personal style.
 
He  is the perfect blend of East and West, and his wardrobe ranges from the  traditional Indian kurta and sherwani to the western sweatshirts and  blazers.Bappi  is fond of wearing pieces of jewelry that represent significant symbols  in his life. He is famous throughout India for his trademark gold  ornaments and sunglasses.
 
His  father, Aparesh Lahiri was a famous Bengali singer and his mother,  Bansari Lahiri was a musician and a singer who was well-versed in  classical music and Shyama Sangeet. His parents trained him in every  aspect of music.He  received his first opportunity in a Bengali film, Daadu (1972) and the  first Hindi film for which he composed music was Nanha Shikari (1973).
 
The  film which established him in Bollywood was Tahir Husain's Hindi film,  Zakhmee (1975), for which he composed music and doubled as a playback  singer. This film brought him to the heights of fame and brought forth a  new era in the Hindi film industry.
 
Bappi  rose from strength to strength, and the music for his subsequent films  Chalte Chalte and Surakshaa were tremendously popular, placing Bappi on  the pedestal of stardom, making him the youngest music director of his  time to have attained such intense success in such a short duration.
 
Bappi  was the pioneer of disco beats in India and his refreshing, vibrant,  and rhythmic music had the entire nation dancing for decades. Bappi  Lahiri is widely recognized throughout India as the sole originator of  the disco beat in India.He is widely known as the "Disco King" in India, even today.
 
Bappi  was the most popular music director in the 1980s and 1990s due to his  famous compositions for films such as Disco Dancer, which have left a  lasting imprint in the minds of all those who heard the music.
 
The  famous song from Anil Kapoor and Amrita Singh starrer film Saaheb  released in 1985 is sung by Bappi Lahiri and the female vocals are by S.  Janaki. In the song, Anil Kapoor and Amrita Singh are seen visualizing  themselves as two dancers dancing before them on the song.
 
His popular filmi soundtracks such as Wardat, Disco Dancer, Namak Halaal, Dance Dance, Commando, Saaheb, Gang Leader, Sailaab and Sharaabi.He  is famous for his constant desire to reinvent himself and face the  challenge to keep up with the rapidly changing preferences of current  generations.Bappi is the complete entertainer and superstar with his multiple talents as a singer, music director, and percussionist.(UNI)
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