Bappi Lahiri

Alokesh Lahiri (born 27 November 1952), popularly known as Bappi Lahiri, is an Indian singer, composer, politician and record producer. He popularised the use of synthesized disco music in Indian cinema and sang some of his own compositions. He had delivered major box office successes in bengali films like Amar Sangee, Asha O Bhalobasha, Aamar Tumi, Amar Prem, Mandira, Badnam, Raktelekha, Priya and so. He was popular in the 1980s and 1990s with filmi soundtracks such as Wardat, Disco Dancer, Namak Halaal, Sharaabi, Dance Dance, Commando, Saaheb, Gang Leader, Sailaab. Lahiri joined BJP in 2014. He was declared a BJP candidate from Srerampur (Lok Sabha constituency) in West Bengal for the 2014 Indian general election and lost.[1]

Bappi Lahiri
Bappi Lahiri in 2017
Bappi Lahiri in 2017
Background information
Birth nameAlokesh Lahiri
Born (1952-11-27) 27 November 1952 (age 69)
Jalpaiguri,West Bengal, India
OriginNorth Bengal
  • Singer
  • Composer
  • Actor
  • Record Producer
  • Politician
InstrumentsVocals, tabla, piano, drum, guiter, saxophone, bongos, dholak
Years active1972–present
LabelsBL Sound, Saregama, Venus Records & Tapes, T-Series, Tips Industries, Universal Music Group, Abbey Road Studios, Planet LA Records

Early lifeEdit

Lahiri was born into a Bengali [2] Brahmin family in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal. His parents, Aparesh Lahiri and Bansuri Lahiri, both from Jalpaiguri, 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.[3]

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

Lahiri has two children, a son Bappa Lahiri and a daughter Rema Lahiri. His son is married to Sannaya Gandhi with whom he has a son Azam John Lahiri.

His favorite quote is 'Gold is my God.'


Though he was known for disco-style songs, he has composed some melodious songs as well, such as the songs from Chalte Chalte and Zakhmee.

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.[4]

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".[5] This was his first time dubbing for an animated character, and he also appeared in Ramratan song "Yeh Hai Dance Bar".[6] He won Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award at 63rd Filmfare Awards.[7]


Live filmsEdit

Film title Actor Character Dub language Original language Original year release Dub year release Notes
Kingsman: The Golden Circle[8] Elton John Himself Hindi English 2017 2017

Animated filmsEdit

Film title Original Voice(s) Character Dub language Original language Original year release Dub year release Notes
Moana[6] Jemaine Clement Tamatoa Hindi English 2016 2016

Political career

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. He was made a BJP candidate from Srerampur (Lok Sabha constituency) in 2014, but lost to Kalyan Banerjee of All India Trinamool Congress.


Denotes films that have not yet been released

Hindi and BengaliEdit

Year Film Songs Notes Language
1973 Nanha Shikari "All Songs" Hindi
1973 Charitra "All Songs" Hindi
1974 Bazar Band Karo "All Songs" Hindi
1974 Ek Ladki Badnaam Si "All Songs" Hindi
1975 Zakhmee "All Songs" Hindi
1976 Chalte Chalte "All Songs" Hindi
1977 Aap Ki Khatir "All Songs" Hindi
1978 Toote Khilone "All Songs" Hindi
1979 Surakksha "All Songs" Also Singer Hindi
1979 Aangan Ki Kali "All Songs" Hindi
1979 Lahu Ke Do Rang "All Songs" Hindi
1980 Manokamna "All Songs" Also Singer Hindi
1981 Wardat "All Songs" Also Singer Hindi
1981 Jyoti "All Songs" Hindi
1982 Disco Dancer "All Songs" Also Singer Hindi
1982 Namak Halaal "All Songs" Also Singer Zubin Ittefaq Hindi
1983 Himmatwala "All Songs" Hindi
1984 Sharaabi "All Songs" Hindi
1984 Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki All Songs Also Singer Hindi
1985 Aitbaar "All Songs" Hindi
1985 Saaheb "All Songs" Also Singer Hindi
1985 Geraftaar "All Songs" Also Singer Hindi
1985 Adventures of Tarzan "All Songs" Hindi
1987 Dance Dance "All Songs" Also Singer Hindi
1987 Satyamev Jayate "All Songs" Also Singer Hindi
1987 Amar Sangi "All Songs" Also Singer Bengali
1988 Commando "All Songs" Hindi
1988 Mera Shikar "All Songs" Also Singer Hindi
1989 Guru "All Songs" Also Singer Hindi
1989 Aamar Tumi "All Songs" Also Singer Bengali
1989 Prem Pratigyaa "All Songs" Also Singer Hindi
1989 Pronomi Tomay "All Songs" Also Singer Bengali
1990 Naakabandi "All Songs" Also Singer Hindi
1990 Ghayal "All Songs" Hindi
1990 Aaj Ke Shahenshah "All Songs" Hindi
1990 Sailaab "All Songs" Along with Aadesh Shrivastava Hindi
1990 Thanedaar "All Songs" Also Singer Hindi
1992 Shola Aur Shabnam (1992 film) "All Songs" Bengali
1992 Tomar Naam Likhe Debo "All Songs" Also Singer Bengali
1993 Dalaal "All Songs" Also Singer Hindi
1994 Neelanjana "All Songs" Also Singer Bengali
1995 Rock Dancer "All Songs" Also Singer Hindi
1995 Diya Aur Toofan "All Songs" Hindi
1996 Dil Ke Jharoke Main "All Songs" Hindi
1996 Rangbaaz "All Songs" Also Singer Hindi
1996 Bal Bramhachari "All Songs" Hindi
1996 Hum Sab Chor Hain "All Songs" Hindi
1997 Nirnayak "All Songs" Also Singer Hindi
1997 Dharma Karma "All Songs" Also Singer Hindi
1998 Military Raaj "All Songs" Also Singer Hindi
1999 Aaya Toofan "All Songs" Also Singer Hindi
1999 Benaam "All Songs" Hindi
2000 Justice Chowdhary "All Songs" Hindi
2008 Mudrank "All Songs" Also Singer Hindi
2008 C Kkompany "Khokha", "Jaane Kya Ho Gaya Mujhko" Hindi
2008 Chandni Chowk to China "India Se Aaya Tera Dost (Aap Ki Khatir)" Hindi
2009 Jai Veeru "All Songs" Hindi
2011 The Dirty Picture "Ooh La La" As Singer Hindi
2013 Gunday "Tune Maari Entriyaan","Asalaam-E-Ishqum" As Singer Hindi
2013 Himmatwala "Thank God It's Friday" Uncredited Hindi
2014 Main Aur Mr. Riight "All Songs" Hindi
2017 Badrinath Ki Dulhania "Tamma Tamma Song" Singer & Original Composer Hindi
2018 3rd Eye Hindi
2018 Mausam Ikrar Ke Do Pal Pyaar Ke[9] All Songs Music Director Hindi
2019 Why Cheat India "Dil Mein Ho Tum" Original Music Director Hindi
2020 Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan "Areey Pyar Kar Le" Singer and original music director Hindi
2020 Baaghi 3 "Bhankas" Singer and original music director Hindi


Year Film Notes
1986 Simhasanam
1987 Thene Manasulu
1988 Collector Vijaya
Manmadha Samrajyam
1989 State Rowdy
1990 Chinna
Chinna Kodalu
1991 Indra Bhavanam
Gang Leader
Rowdy Gaari Pellam
Rowdy Alludu
1992 Donga Police
Raktha Tharpanam
Rowdy Inspector
1993 Nippu Ravva
Rowdy Rajakeeyam
1995 Big Boss
Muddayi Muddugumma
Khaidi Inspector
Punya Bhoomi Naa Desam
2013 Action 3D Co-composed with his son Bappa Lahari
2020 Disco Raja Singer




  • Janam Janam na Saath (1977)


Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1982 Filmfare Awards Best Music Director Armaan Nominated [7]
1983 Namak Halaal Nominated
1985 Sharaabi Won
Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki Nominated
Tohfa Nominated
1991 Aaj Ka Arjun Nominated
2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Won
2012 Mirchi Music Awards Best Item Song of the Year "Ooh La La" (From The Dirty Picture) Won [10]


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.[11] It was re-discovered and had a second lease of life in director Ashim Ahluwalia's 2017 gangster film Daddy starring Arjun Rampal.[11] The re-release of the song was a huge success, becoming one of the top tracks of the year.[11]

Ahluwalia wanted an authentic 80s Bappi Lahiri sound and not an overproduced remix.[12] Norwegian producer Olefonken reworked the song to be more dynamic for contemporary sound systems but kept many of the original elements including the original vocals of Alisha Chinai and Vijay Benedict as well as the original synth and drum machines.[12] The choreographer of Ahluwalia's first film Miss Lovely, was ironically Kamal Nath, who had also worked on B. Subhash's disco film Dance Dance and Commando starring Mithun Chakraborty, both of which feature Bappi Lahiri soundtracks.[13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Lok Sabha Results: Top 30 Losers". The Indian Express. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Goldfinger".
  3. ^ Saxena, Manjari (17 July 2014). "Bappi Lahiri: the golden era of music has ended". Gulf News. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Bappi Lahiri wins suit against Addictive, Dr Dre". 6 February 2003.
  5. ^ "Moana | Bappi Lahiri as Tamatoa | In Cinemas 2 December". Retrieved 2 December 2016 – via YouTube.
  6. ^ a b "Watch: Bappi Lahiri sings for the Hollywood animation 'Moana'". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  7. ^ a b ANI (21 January 2018). "63rd Filmfare Awards: Bappi Lahiri receives 'Lifetime Achievement Award'". Business Standard. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Bappi Lahiri to dub for Elton John in Kingsman The Golden Circle". The Indian Express. 15 September 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Bappi Lahiri on composing multi-genre tracks for Do Pal Pyar Ke". mid-day. 9 April 2018. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Winners - Mirchi Music Award Hindi 2011".
  11. ^ a b c Lookhar, Mayur. "Rewind 2017: The best Hindi film songs of the year". Cinestaan.
  12. ^ a b Scroll Staff. "'Daddy' song 'Zindagi Meri Dance Dance' brings Bappi Lahiri's discarded tune back to life".
  13. ^ Gaekwad, Manish (4 September 2017). "Norwegian Bollywood" – via

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