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Alokesh "Bappi" Lahiri is an Indian music composer, music director, singer, actor and record producer. He popularized the use of synthesized disco music in Indian cinema and sang some of his own compositions. He was popular in the 1980s and 1990s with filmi soundtracks such as Wardat, Disco Dancer, Namak Halaal, Dance Dance, Commando, Gang Leader, Sailaab and Sharaabi.

Bappi Lahiri
Bappi Lahiri 2016.jpg
Lahiri in 2017
Background information
Birth name Alokesh Lahiri
Born Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India
Origin Kolkata, India
Occupation(s) Music composer, music director, actor and record producer
Instruments Tabla, piano, drums, guitar, saxophone, bongos, dholak, singing
Years active 1972–present
Labels BL Sound, Saregama, Venus Records & Tapes, T-Series, Tips Industries, Universal Music Group, Abbey Road Studios, Planet LA Records

Lahiri joined BJP in 2014. He was declared a BJP candidate from Srirampur in West Bengal for the Indian general election, 2014 and lost.[1]


Early lifeEdit

Lahiri was born in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal. His parents, Aparesh Lahiri and Bansari Lahiri, both from Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, were famous Bengali singers and musicians in classical music and Shyama Sangeet.[citation needed] He is their only child.

His relatives include singer Kishore Kumar, his maternal uncle.[2]

Lahiri began to play tabla at the age of 3. Initially, he was trained by his parents.[citation needed]


Portions of Lahiri's song "Thoda Resham Lagta Hai" were included in the 2002 song "Addictive" by American R&B singer Truth Hurts. Copyright holders Saregama India, Ltd. sued Interscope Records and its parent company, Universal Music Group for more than $500 million. A Los Angeles federal judge subsequently barred further sales of the CD unless and until Lahiri was listed on the song's credits.[3]

Lahiri performing live on stage in Littleton, Massachusetts, 2012

In late 2016, Lahiri voiced the character of Tamatoa in the Hindi-dubbed version of Disney's 3D computer-animated fantasy adventure film Moana; he also composed and sang "Shona" (Gold), the Hindi version of "Shiny".[4] This was his first time dubbing for an animated character, and he also appeared in Ramratan song "Yeh Hai Dance Bar".[5] He won Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award at 63rd Filmfare Awards.[6]

Dubbing careerEdit

Film title Actor Character Dub language Original language Original release Dub release
Kingsman: The Golden Circle[7] Elton John Himself Hindi English 2017 2017

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Lok Sabha Results: Top 30 Losers". The Indian Express. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 2015-12-17. 
  2. ^ Saxena, Manjari (17 July 2014). "Bappi Lahiri: the golden era of music has ended". Gulf News. Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Bappi Lahiri wins suit against Addictive, Dr Dre". February 6, 2003. 
  4. ^ "Moana | Bappi Lahiri as Tamatoa | In Cinemas 2 December". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  5. ^ "Watch: Bappi Lahiri sings for the Hollywood animation 'Moana' - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-12-18. 
  6. ^ ANI (21 January 2018). "63rd Filmfare Awards: Bappi Lahiri receives 'Lifetime Achievement Award'". Retrieved 24 March 2018 – via Business Standard. 
  7. ^ "Bappi Lahiri to dub for Elton John in Kingsman The Golden Circle". 15 September 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2018. 

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