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Bappi Lahiri at Will to Live Music Launch
|Birth name||Alokesh Lahiri|
|Born||November 27, 1952|
|Origin||Kolkata, West Bengal, India|
|Genres||Film score, Theatre|
|Occupations||Music director & singer|
Bappi Lahiri or Alokesh Lahiri (born 27 November 1952) is a music director in the Hindi film industry. He popularized the use of synthesized disco music in Indian cinema and sang some of his own compositions. He was popular in the 1980s with filmi soundtracks like Disco Dancer, Namak Halaal and Sharaabi among others.
Early years 
Bappi D. Lahiri was born in Calcutta (now Kolkata), West Bengal into a Bengali Hindu family with a rich tradition in classical music. 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. He is their only child.
At a very early age, he had the ambition to become internationally famous. He began to play the tabla at the age of three. His maternal relatives include legendary singer Kishore Kumar and the S. Mukherjee clan. Initially he was trained by his parents.
Hindi films 
He moved to Mumbai when he was 19. The first film for which he composed music was Nanha Shikari (1973). The 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. The songs of his next film, Chalte Chalte (1976), became hits. With Ravikant Nagaich's Surakksha his singing and music became even more popular.
He was the fittest musician for Mithun Chakraborty's disco dance-based films. Mithun Chakraborty and Bappi Lahiri became synonyms of Indian disco culture in the 1980s. He also scored music for many Hindi films produced from South India. He is called 'Disco King' around India.
Style of music 
Along with Biddu, Bappi Lahiri popularized the use of synthesized disco music in Indian cinema with an Indian flavour. Most of his songs would be rendered by singers Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle. He launched Vijay Benedict and Sharon Prabhakar into the music industry. He also used Alisha Chinoy and Usha Uthup extensively for his compositions.He created hits with South Indian singer S. Janaki also .
Some of his music has often been sampled by international musicians, such as Dr. Dre, Truth Hurts, and Prodigy, among others. His Disco Dancer (1982) soundtrack has influenced songs by artists such as Charanjit Singh, Devo, Ruki Vverh! Russian Group, and M.I.A.. 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, A.G., Planet Asia, "Zooby Zooby" Dance Dance Kutmasta Kurt, Masta Ace, eMC, Edu Kehäkettunen, Stig Dogg, and Onra.
Allegations of plagiarism 
Conversely, in one instance, portions of his song "Thoda Resham Lagta Hai" were included in a 2002 single "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.
Career history 
Lahiri disappeared from the Indian film industry in the 1990s. Before he made a brief comeback in the Prakash Mehra produced Dalal starring Mithun Chakraborty for song "Gutur Gutur" which was a big hit although it had its share of controversies due to its suggestive lyrics, there was a big hit album HABIBA in 1989.
In 2004, he brought out his album Bappi Magic - The Asli Baap Mix, featuring popular numbers such as "Gori Hai Kalaiyan" and "Jimmy Jimmy." It attained great popularity. In 2005, he composed the background score for the Jahnu Barua film, Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Maara, thus reaffirming his identity as a very versatile composer. In 2006, he lent his voice to another composer for the first time with the song "Boombai Nagariya" which he sang for Vishal-Shekhar for the movie Taxi Number 9211. Of late, he has once again lent his voice to the title track of the Mani Ratnam film Guru, in which the music has been composed by A.R.Rahman. He has recorded songs for the movie Level Crossing produced by actor Jayaprada. In 2006, he appeared on the popular television show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs on Zee TV as co-judge with singers Alka Yagnik and Abhijeet. He was a judge for the 2007 edition of Zee TV's Sa Re Ga Ma Pa and Sony Entertainment Television's K For Kishore reality show that aims to find the 'heir apparent' to Kishore Kumar.
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 sung the song Ooo la la Ooo la lain the movie The Dirty Picture for Vishal-Shekhar, which cherishes his Disco image. In 2011, he released album Walking On Love Street featuring American Idol contestant Shaun Barrows. The album features on CMJ's New Music Report Magazine charts, Week World Chart and WONY Oneonta, New York - Top Ten Jazz Playlist. Bappi Lahiri planned a grand celebration to mark the completion of 40 years in Bollywood in November 2012.
Personal life 
Bappi Lahiri is married to Chitrani since January 24th, 1977. They have two children- daughter Rema and son Bappa. He is very fond of jewelry and is usually seen wearing gold ornaments and dark glasses with a tracksuit.
Selected discography 
Some of the movies for which he composed successful music are:
- Morcha (1980)
- Ek Baar Kaho (1980)
- Surakshaa (1979)
- Chalte Chalte (1976)
- Pyara Dushman
- Disco Dancer
- Dance Dance
- Film Hi Film
- Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki
- Wanted: Dead or Alive (1984 film)|Wanted: Dead or Alive
- Namak Halaal
- Sharaabi - Winner 1984 Filmfare Best Music Director Award
- Zindagi Ek Jua
- Justice Chaudary
- Nippu Ravva
- Rowdy Inspector
- Gang Leader
- Rowdy Alludu
- Hum Tumhaare Hain Sanam
Music Done for a Malayalam Film ( Kerala )
- The Good Boys - Malayalam Film
Bappi Lahiri has also done playback singing for his compositions. Some of the notable songs that he has sung include:
- "Rahi Hu Mein" (Wanted: Dead or Alive)
- "Bombai Se Aaya Mera Dost (Aap Ki Khatir)
- "Bambai Se Aaya mera Dost (Aap ki khatir)
- "Mausam Hai Gaane Ka" (Surakshaa)
- "Dil Tha Akela Akela" (Surakshaa)
- "Tum Jo Bhi Ho" (Surakshaa)
- "Tu Mujhe Jaan Se Bhi Pyaraa hai" (Wardat)
- "Yaad Aa Raha Hai" (Disco Dancer)
- "Super Dancer" (Dance Dancer)
- "Jeena Bhi Kya Hai Jeena" (Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki)
- "Tera Mera Pehla Yaarana" (Shart)
- "Pyar Chahiye Mujhe Jeene Ke Liye" (Manokamna)
- "Raat Baaki" (Namak Halal)
- "Yaar Bina Chain Kahan Re" (Saaheb)
- "Tamma Tamma Loge" (Thaneedar)
- "Pyar Kabhi Kam Nahi Karna" (Prem Pratigya)
- "Dekha Hai Maine Tumhe Phir Se Palatke" (Wardat)
- "Dil Main Ho Tum"
- "Ji Le Le" (Tarzan)
- "Bambai Nagariya" (Taxi No 9211)
- "Oh la la la" (Dirty Picture)
Before his disco rejuvenation he also gave some of his evergreen music to the industry that include:
- "Chalte Chalte Mere Yeh Geet Yaad Rakhna" (Chalte Chalte (1976))
- "Dil Se Mile Dil, Dil Se Mile Dil" (Dil Se Mile Dil)
- "Muskuraata Hua" (Lahu Ke Do Rang)
- "Chaar Din Ki Zindagi Hai" (Ek Baar Kaho)
- "Dheere Dheere Subah Huyi" (Haisiyat)
- "Maana Ho Tum" (Toote Khilone)
- "Teri Chhoti Si Bhool" (Shikshaa)
- "Yeh Naina Yeh Kajal" (Dil Se Mile Dil)
- "Gaao Mere Man" (Apne Paraaye)
- "Shyam Rang Ranga Re" (Apne Paraaye)
- "Pyar Hee Jeene Ki" (Armaan)
- "Pyar Manga Hai Tumhi Se" (College Girl)
- "Ke Pag Ghungroo Baandh Meera Nachi Thi" (Namak Halaal)
- "Dil Mein Ho Tum Aankhon Mein Tum"
Besides disco music, Bappi Lahiri has also produced Ghazals such as
- "Bappi Lahiri". WhoSampled. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
- Intellectual theft, disco, and Bollywood: Bappi Lahiri and music’s winding international networksthevarsity.ca. University of Toronto's Student Newspaper. Published on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2013
- "Bappi Lahiri - Screen". Cscsarchive.org:8081. 2004-06-20. Retrieved 2012-02-27.
- "chronicles of plagiarism in indian film music". itwofs.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27.
- Excerpt from Cassette Culture by Peter Manueldreamcalendar.tripod.com. Retrieved 23 March 2013
- "Truth Hurts : Judge Rules Truth Hurts' Album Must Be Pulled Or Stickered - Rhapsody Music Downloads". VH1.com. Retrieved 2012-02-27.
- "I always wanted to render: Bappi Lahiri". The Times Of India. 27 November 2011.
- "Bappi Lahiri to celebrate 40 years in Bollywood". 23 July 2012!.
- Official website
- Bappi Lahiri at the Internet Movie Database
- Bappi Lahiri to get naughty with Katy Perry down south!