Bappi Lahiri

Alokesh "Bappi" Lahiri (born 27 November 1952) is an Indian singer, composer, politician, disco musician and record producer. He popularized the use of synthesized disco music in Indian cinema and sang some of his own compositions. He has composed some songs for Prosenjit Chatterjee. He and Prosenjit had delivered major box office successes like Amar Sangi, 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, Dance Dance, Commando, Saheb, Gang Leader, Sailaab, and Sharaabi. Lahiri joined BJP in 2014. He was declared a BJP candidate from Srirampur in West Bengal for the 2014 Indian general election and lost.[2]

Bappi Lahiri
Lahiri in 2017
Lahiri in 2017
Background information
Birth nameAlokesh Lahiri
Born (1952-11-27) 27 November 1952 (age 67)[1]
Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India
OriginCalcutta, India
  • Singer
  • Composer
  • Actor
  • Record Producer
  • Musician
InstrumentsVocals, tabla, piano, drums, guitar, 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 Hindu Brahmin[3] 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.[4]

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

Lahiri has 2 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.'


Famous for his uptempo and danceable tracks. Bappi would recreate and sometimes sample popular sounds from the foreign market on his soundtracks. Though he was known for disco-style songs he has also 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.[5]

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".[6] This was his first time dubbing for an animated character, and he also appeared in Ramratan song "Yeh Hai Dance Bar".[7] He won Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award at 63rd Filmfare Awards.[8]


Live filmsEdit

Film title Actor Character Dub language Original language Original year release Dub year release Notes
Kingsman: The Golden Circle[9] 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[10] 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, then national President of Bharatiya Janata Party, to contest the 2014 Lok Sabha election. He was made 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
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
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 Ghayal "All Songs" Hindi
1990 Sailaab "All Songs" Along with Aadesh Shrivastava Hindi
1990 Thanedaar "All Songs" Also Singer Hindi
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
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[11] 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 No Film Notes
1986 1 Simhasanam
1987 2 Thene Manasulu
3 Trimurtulu
4 Sankharavam
5 Samrat
1988 6 Collector Vijaya
7 Manmadha Samrajyam
1989 8 State Rowdy
1990 9 Chinna
10 Chinna Kodalu
1991 11 Indra Bhavanam
12 Gang Leader
13 Rowdy Gaari Pellam
14 Rowdy Alludu
1992 15 Donga Police
16 Raktha Tharpanam
17 Rowdy Inspector
18 Brahma
1993 19 Nippu Ravva
20 Rowdy Rajakeeyam
1995 21 Big Boss
22 Muddayi Muddugumma
23 Khaidi Inspector
24 Punya Bhoomi Naa Desam
2020 25 Disco Raja Singer




Lahiri won the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award at the 63rd Filmfare Awards.[12]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Bappi Lahiri". ETimes. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Lok Sabha Results: Top 30 Losers". The Indian Express. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  3. ^
  4. ^ Saxena, Manjari (17 July 2014). "Bappi Lahiri: the golden era of music has ended". Gulf News. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Bappi Lahiri wins suit against Addictive, Dr Dre". 6 February 2003.
  6. ^ "Moana | Bappi Lahiri as Tamatoa | In Cinemas 2 December". Retrieved 2 December 2016 – via YouTube.
  7. ^ "Watch: Bappi Lahiri sings for the Hollywood animation 'Moana'". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  8. ^ ANI (21 January 2018). "63rd Filmfare Awards: Bappi Lahiri receives 'Lifetime Achievement Award'". Business Standard. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Bappi Lahiri to dub for Elton John in Kingsman The Golden Circle". The Indian Express. 15 September 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Watch: Bappi Lahiri sings for the Hollywood animation 'Moana'". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Bappi Lahiri on composing multi-genre tracks for Do Pal Pyar Ke". mid-day. 9 April 2018. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  12. ^ ANI (21 January 2018). "63rd Filmfare Awards: Bappi Lahiri receives 'Lifetime Achievement Award'". Business Standard. Retrieved 24 March 2018.

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