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Alokesh Lahiri, better known as Bappi Lahiri is a veteran Indian singer, composer, 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 (1988 film), Gang Leader, Sailaab and Sharaabi.

Bappi Lahiri
Bappi Lahiri 2016.jpg
Lahiri in 2017
Background information
Birth nameAlokesh Lahiri
Born (1952-11-27) 27 November 1952 (age 66)
Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India
OriginKolkata, India
Genresbollywood , indian music , indian classical music and playback singing
Occupation(s)Singer, composer , actor and record producer
InstrumentsTabla, piano, drums, guitar, saxophone, bongos, dholak, singing
Years active1972–present
LabelsBL 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 (August 8, 1924 – May 28, 1998) and Bansari Lahiri (March 27, 1930 – March 1, 1993), 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]

Hindi films He moved to Mumbai when he was 19. 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 first turning point of his career was Tahir Husain's Hindi film, Zakhmee (1975), for which he composed music and doubled as a playback singer. He sang a duet with Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar called "Nothing Is Impossible" for the same film. His first popular film was Chalte Chalte (1976), whose songs became hits thus bringing him recognition as a music director. With Ravikant Nagaich's Surakksha 1979 his singing and music became even more popular. In the early 80s, he added an element of the then popular disco music to his compositions, in movies such as Wardat 1981, Sahhas 1981, Laparwah 1981, Pyara Dushman 1980 song Hari Om Hari, Armaan 1981 song Ramba Ho Samba Ho . Mithun Chakraborty and Bappi Lahiri became synonyms of Indian disco culture in the 1980s, largely due to movies such as Disco Dancer. Bappi Lahiri is the first Music Director to get the China Award in Beijing, China for the film Disco Dancer in 1982. His song "Jimmy Jimmy" was a success in the early 1980s and is said to have achieved some fame in other countries such as Russia former Soviet Union . Some in the media have called him the "Disco King" of India He has also composed music for some ghazals namely Kisi nazar ko tera intezaar aaj bhi hai and Aawaz di hai for the 1985 film Aitbaar . Lahiri entered the Guinness Book of World Records for recording over 180 songs for 33 films in 1986. He used fusion music in a feature film Namak Halaal in the song "Pagh Ghungroo Bandh Meera Nache Te", a song 12 minutes long. Lahiri has composed over 5,000 songs in over 500 films. He has also composed music for three films made in Bangladesh. Bappi Lahiri composed the background score for a 1989 Hollywood Film "Eye Witness to Murder" which was produced by Vijay Amritraj and Directed by Jagmohan Mundra. He also gave the music for an Indian English language film Divine Lovers which was produced and directed by B.Subhash (Babbar Subhash) in 1997. Bappi Lahiri has cut two private English albums "Moving Away" in 1986 and "Snake Dance" in 1990 with songs sung by himself. In 1982, he cut a private Hindi pop Album titled, "Superuna", with songs sung by the Bangladesh singer Runa Laila. This was followed by a private Hindi pop album for Polygram called "Dance Dance Music Lover" with Padmini Kolhapure. In 1986, he released "Welcome" in London with Anil Kapoor and Salma Agha, and "Dancing City" which featured songs by the Hindi actress Mandakini. Bappi Lahiri introduced his daughter Rema Lahiri in 1987, then 9 years old in a disco version of children's nursery rhymes called "Little Star", marketed by HMV. The platinum disc song had an unbroken record for best sales among children section. Based on Michael Jackson's Thriller, Lahiri released a video-pop album titled "Bappi Lahiri's thriller live" consisting of eight Hindi songs. He also released albums like "Dance Party" sung by his daughter Rema Lahiri in 1990, "Jawani Jawani" released by Venus Records & Tapes, "Night Lovers" 1992, "Heatrave" 1993, "Yamma Yamma Dance " with Usha Uthup in 1995, and "Nine Below Zero" in 1997. In 2014, he composed two songs for the album Women's Day Special: Spreading Melodies Everywhere, along with Sunil Jha and Shakir Ali. The tracks were penned by Meenu Singh and sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and Rekha Raj respectively.

Career Post 1990sEdit

BL Sound Sanirema Pvt LtdEdit

In November 1994 Lahiri started his music company, BL Sound Sanirema Pvt. Ltd. (now called B9 Digital Studios Mumbai). He released several CDs under his banner like "Ala-li-la" 1995, "Jungle Boy", "Super Rema" sung by his daughter Rema Lahiri, "Purono jeans" (Bengali),"Agnee Prem, "Hum Hai Khalnayak", "Saajan Ke Liye", "Sraddhanjali amar maa – a tribute to Bansari Lahiri" (1997) and "Get on the dance floor" (a compilation of 8 songs by international singers like Tony Di Bart and Sabrina Johnston), cover versions "Feleeng Hot Hot Hot" Dance Chart 5, "Dance Chart 2 100% Dance", "Dance Chart 4 Feat. Sarah Washington

Discovering singersEdit

Bappi Lahiri is also a singer and performer of repute on stage. He introduced Disco Songs to Hindi cinema and introduced several Pop Singers like Usha Uthup, Sharon Prabhakar, Alisha Chinai, Parvati Khan, Bali Brahmabhatt, Vijay Benedict, Nandu Bhende, Remo Fernandes, Salma Agha, and film star Anil Kapoor, Amrish Puri, Padmini Kolhapure, Mandakini, and Amjad Khan to sing under his baton. Many prominent singers like Lata Mangeshkar, P.Susheela, Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi, Mukesh, Manna Dey, Yesudas, S. Janaki and the newer generation singers like K.S.Chitra, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Amit Kumar, Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Suresh Wadkar, Sadhana Sargam, Sonu Nigam, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, S.P.Balasubramaniam, Alka Yagnik, Anuradha Paudwal, Shailender Singh, Shabbir Kumar, Vinod Rathod Mohammad Aziz, Sudesh Bhosle along with Gazal singers Jagjit Singh, Bhupinder Singh and Pankaj Udhas have sung songs composed by Bappi Lahiri in a career spanning for 40 years in over 600 films in over 5000 songs. Bappi Lahiri received an award in 1990 from the then Indian President Giani Zail Singh for the best musical score in the film "Thanedaar". He was invited by Ex-Prime Minister of India, H.D. Deve Gowda, to compose a song for the World Football Tournament in Calcutta at Salt Lake. It was sung by Bappi Lahiri, Udit Narayan, and Rema Lahiri. Lahiri's wife Chitrani Lahiri produced her first feature film Lal Darja (The Red Door) and which won the 1997 Gloden Lotus award during the 44th National Awards of India. The film, directed by Buddhadev Dasgupta, got the award for being the Best Feature Film of India.

Style of musicEdit

Along with Biddu, Bappi popularized the use of synthesized disco music in Indian cinema with an Indian flavour. Most of his songs were rendered by singers such as Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle as well as new singers like Vijay Benedict and Sharon Prabhakar. He also used Alisha Chinoy and Usha Uthup extensively for his compositions. He created a few hits with the South Indian singer S. Janaki as well. Some of his music has been sampled by international musicians, such as Dr. Dre, Truth Hurts, and Prodigy, among others. His Disco Dancer (1982) soundtrack is said to have influenced songs by artists such as Charanjit Singh, Devo, Ruki Vverh! Russian Group, and MIA. His most widely sampled song is "Come Closer" from Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki (1984), which has been sampled by various musicians in recent years, including Dabrye, AG, Planet Asia, "Zooby Zooby" Dance Dance KutMasta Kurt, Masta Ace, eMC, Edu Kehäkettunen, Stig Dogg, and Onra. Allegations of plagiarism Throughout his career Lahiri has been accused of plagiarizing music produced by other composers without giving them any credit or royalties. Conversely, in one instance, portions of his song "Thoda Resham Lagta Hai" were included in a 2002 "Addictive" by American R&B singer Truth Hurts. Copyright holders Saregama India, Ltd. sued Interscope Records and its parent company, Universal Music Group to the tune of 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. Lahiri disappeared from the Indian film industry in the 1990s though he tried a brief comeback in the Prakash Mehra produced Dalal starring Mithun Chakraborty with the song "Gutur Gutur" which was a big hit although it had its share of controversies due to its suggestive lyrics. Thereafter he focussed on bringing out albums with remixes of his earlier songs, such as the 2004 album Bappi Magic – The Asli Baap Mix. In 2005, he composed the background score for the Jahnu Barua film, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Maara, thus reaffirming his identity as a versatile composer. He subsequently lent his svoice to occasional songs such as "Boombai Nagariya" for the Vishal-Shekhar movie Taxi Number 9211 and the title track of the Mani Ratnam film Guru. In 2006, he appeared as a judge on the first season of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs on Zee TV with singers Alka Yagnik and Abhijeet. He was also a judge on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2007 and Sony Entertainment Television's K For Kishore. In 2010 Lahiri was back with "I am a disco dancer" in Golmaal 3 in his own voice. The track was from his previous film Disco Dancer. In 2011, he sang the song Ooo la la Ooo la lain the movie The Dirty Picture for Vishal-Shekhar. He also released an album Walking on Love Street featuring the American Idol contestant Shaun Barrows. The album featured on CMJ's New Music Report Magazine charts, Week World Chart and the WONY Oneonta, New York – Top Ten Jazz Playlist.


Bappi Lahiri has made guest appearances in several movies. These include the 1974 Kishore Kumar film Badhti Ka Naam Dadhi as Bappu Gipsyan. Later he appeared in P. Sambasiva Rao's movie "Kalakaar" 1983 with Kunal Goswami, Sridevi. in 1986 Kirayadar as a musician. In 1988 in Bengali movie "Nayan Mony", 1990 Marathi film Dokyala Taap Nahi as a singer. Garajna 1991 as singer with Vinod Khanna, and Sridevi in 1992 in Parto Ghosh Geet with Divya Bharti and Avinash Wadhavan, then in 1993 in Deepak Balraj Vij "Bomb Blast" as a singer. Dharma Karma 1997, with Jeetendra. As a friendly appearance in "Main Hoon Qatil Jaadugarni" 1998, in 2001 Bappi Lahiri appears in "Bombay Girls" as a music director. In Om Shanti Om 2007 Bappi Lahiri as himself. In 2009 Main Aurr Mrs Khanna as Victor with Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor. Hangover 2010 Bengali movie as a stage performer. Bappi Lahiri also acted in Love.Com ... The Ultimate Killing Site (2010) as a singer. In 2012 Bappi Lahiri acted as a Disco composer named DK in "It's Rocking Dard-E-Disco" which was produced by Dhumketu 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] 2016, "Pyaar Ka Test" title song 2017

Personal lifeEdit

Bappi Lahiri is married to Chitrani since 24 January 1977. They have two children- daughter Rema Lahiri who is also a singer, she got married to a businessman Govind Bansal in February 2009, they have child name Swastik (Rego) Bansal born September 21, 2009, and son Bappa Lahiri who also became a music director, got married to Taneesha Varma in April 2012 they have a son named Krishh was born in Los Angeles on October 4, 2017 . Bappi Lahiri is very fond of jewellery and is usually seen wearing ornaments and dark glasses with a tracksuit, and long hair. He won Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award at 63rd Filmfare Awards.[6]

Lahiri performing live on stage in Littleton, Massachusetts, 2012

Private albumsEdit

  • 1982 "Superuna" with Runa Laila was recorded in London
  • 1985 "Music Lover Dance Dance" with Padmini Kolhapure
  • 1986 "K Bappi Bappi Moving Away" With Krish recorded in London
  • "Dancing City" with Mandakini
  • "Welcome" with Anil Kapur, and Salma Agha
  • 1987 "Little Star" with Rema Lahiri
  • 1989 "Habiba" (sung by Bappi Lahiri and his daughter Rema Lahiri)
  • 1990 "Jawani Jawani"
  • "Snake Dance"
  • 1992 "Night Lovers"
  • 1993 "Shake Your Body
  • "Heatrave"
  • 1995 "Ala-Li-La"
  • "Saajan Ke Liye"
  • "Superema" with Rema Lahiri
  • "Jungle Boy"
  • "Bappi's Bollywood Hungama Mix" with Rema Lahiri and Bappa Lahiri
  • "Yamma Yamma Dance" with Usha Uthup and Rema Lahiri
  • "Shake The World" Feat. Kumar Sanu
  • 1996 "Wallah Wallah with Runa Laila released United Music Pvt. Ltd.
  • "Bappi With Love" Remix Released By Pen Audio
  • 1997 "One Foot in Heaven, One Foot in Hell" Feat. Nine Below Zero
  • 1998 "Mother of the Nation", dedicated to Mother Teresa, which was blessed by Mother Teresa.
  • "Love Story 98", Feat. Boy George, Apache Indian, Rema Lahiri, Bappa Lahiri, Udit Narayan, Kumar Sanu
  • 1999 "Will To Live" with MC Hammer title and singers like Sharon Prabhakar, Asha Bhosle, Kumar Sanu, Rema Lahiri.
  • 2001 "Festival of light" released in London
  • "Time 2 Dance" recorded in London
  • "Housefull (Bengali)
  • 2002 "Tumi Keno Elena" (Bengali) with Asha Bhosle
  • 2003 "Bappiwood remix" Feat. Rema Lahiri
  • "Bikram's lounge" released in United States with Sherrie Payne Freda Payne, Gina Malfatti, with international stars
  • 2004 "Janta Ki Maang Soniyaji" for Congress party
  • "Ghungta"
  • 2005 "Hand to Hand" dedicating the album to the tsunami victims.
  • "Yaadein Kaifi"
  • 2006 "V Mobile Singer"
  • 2007 "Kavita Emotional Journey" with Rajashree was recorded in United States
  • 2008 "Ishq Deewana"
  • 2009 "My Love"
  • 2010 "Tribute to The King of Pop" dedicated to Michael Jackson, recorded in Hollywood
  • "World Peace Love & Harmony" was recorded and released in Hollywood
  • 2011 "Walking on the Love Street" with Diana Williamson, recorded in Hollywood
  • 2012 "Jhoom Jhoom Jhoom Baba" Single was recorded in Hollywood
  • 2013 "Global Legends" recorded and released in Hollywood
  • "Justice for Widows" Single
  • 2014 "Bappi's Lounge" recorded and released in Hollywood
  • "God Is One" Gospel album recorded and released in Hollywood
  • 2015 "Slumstars" with slum children, dedicated to slum children
  • "Taal Tarang" was recorded in Hollywood with guest singer Julia Price
  • "Indian Melody" was recorded in Hollywood
  • 2017 "Divine Power"
  • 2018 "Music Room" recorded in Los Angeles


Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Songs Notes Language
1975 Zakhmee "All Songs" Hindi
1976 Chalte Chalte "All Songs" Hindi
1977 Aap Ki Khatir "All Songs" Hindi
1979 Surakksha "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 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
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
1991 Gang Leader "All Songs" Telugu
1991 Rowdy Alludu "All Songs" Telugu
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 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
2018 3rd Eye Hindi
2018 Mausam Ikrar Ke Do Pal Pyaar Ke[7] All Songs Music Director Hindi
2019 Why Cheat India "Dil Mein Ho Tum" Music Director Hindi

Dubbing rolesEdit

Live action 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 Jemaine Clement Tamatoa Hindi English 2016 2016

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 on composing multi-genre tracks for Do Pal Pyar Ke". mid-day. 2018-04-09. Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  8. ^ "Bappi Lahiri to dub for Elton John in Kingsman The Golden Circle". 15 September 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2018.

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