|Birth name||Alokesh Lahiri|
|Born||27 November 1952|
|Origin||Kolkata, West Bengal, India|
|Genres||Film score, Disco, Rock, Pop, Theatre, Classical|
|Occupation(s)||Composer, Music director, Singer, Performer, Actor & Producer|
|Instruments||Tabla, Piano, Drums, Guitar, Saxophone|
Bappi Lahiri or Alokesh Lahiri (born 27 November 1952) is a music director in the Indian 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 and 1990s with filmi soundtracks like Wardat, Disco Dancer, Namak Halaal, Dance Dance, Commando, Gang Leader, and Sharaabi among others.
Bappi D. Lahiri was born in Kolkata, West Bengal. His parents, Aparesh Lahiri and Bansari Lahiri both from Kolkata, West Bengal were famous Bengali singer and musician in classical music and Shyama Sangeet. He is their only child.
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 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 1979 his singing and music became even more popular, following movies that he gave Disco numbers 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. 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 smashing success in the early 1980s. The song was such a smashing success that it created ripples in countries as far as Russia[peacock term]. He also scored music for many Hindi films produced from South India. He is called 'Disco King' around India[according to whom?]
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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 in languages including Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi, Bhojpuri, Assamese, Oriya. He has also composed music for three films made in Bangladesh.
Bappi Lahiri have scored music in Hollywood Films like "Eye Witness to Murder" 1989, produced by Vijay Amritraj, Directed by Jagmohan Mundra. Divine Lovers in English, Produced and Directed by B.Subhash (Babbar Subhash) from India in 1997.
Habiba, sung by his daughter Rema Lahiri and Bappi Lahiri. He has also worked on an album titled "Mother of the Nation" 1998, dedicated for Mother Teresa, which was blessed by Mother Teresa. After the 2004 Tsunami, he recorded Hand to Hand dedicated Album to the tsunami victims. In 1999 Bappi Lahiri cuts a musical album with MC Hammer title "Will To Live" including singers like Sharon Prabhakar, Asha Bhosle, Kumar Sanu, Rema Lahiri, etc. which CD got released in May 2011. Senator Edward M. Kennedy released Bappi Lahiri's album Bikram's Lounge in USA in 2003. Superstar Jackie Chan released in 2001 in London Bappi Lahiri's album Festival of Light. Congress Chairman Mrs Soniya Gandhi released an album for Congress Janta Ki Maang Soniya music by Bappi Lahiri in 2004 at Andhra, India. In 2003 Bappi Lahiri has released through Serious Music in USA Album called BAPPIWOOD REMIX with very good response.
Bappi Lahiri has cut two private English albums "Moving Away" K BAPPI BAPPI 1986 "Snake Dance" 1990 sung by also by Bappi Lahiri. Bappi Lahiri has cut a Private Hindi Pop Album titled, "Superuna", in 1982 sung by the Nightingale of Bangladesh Runa Laila. He has also cut a Private Hindi Pop Album for Polygram - Title "Dance Dance Music Lover" with Padmini Kolhapure 1985, also he cut an Album with Anil Kapoor and Salma Agha title "Welcome" in London, in 1986, Mandakini also had sing For Bappi Lahiri in the Album "Dancing City" 1986 which was released by T-Series. Bappi Lahiri has also introduced his daughter Rema Lahiri at the age of 9 years old to sing Children's Nursery Disco titled "Little Star" in 1987 marketed by HMV which has achieved Platinum Disc Status. The song has an unbroken record for best sales among children section. Lahiri released the video-pop album titled "BAPPI LAHIRI'S THRILLER LIVE", which consist 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 1995, Bappi Lahiri also cut an Album with Nine Below Zero 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.
BL Sound Sanirema Pvt Ltd
In November 1994 Lahiri started his music company, BL Sound. 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), "BAPPI'S BOLLYWOOD MIX HUNGAMA", "AGNEE PREM", "HUM HAI KHALNAYAK", "SAAJAN KE LIYE", "SRADDHANJALI AMAR MAA" 1997 a tribute to Bansari Lahiri, "GET ON THE DANCE FLOOR" a compilation of 8 songs by international singers like Tony Di Bart and Sabrina Johnston. Now the company continues under the name of B9 Digital Studios Mumbai.
Bappi Lahiri is also a singer and performer of repute on stage. He introduced Pop Songs and also 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. All the top most singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi, Mukesh, Manna Dey and the newer generation singers like Amit Kumar, Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Suresh Wadkar, S.P.Balasubraminam, Alka Yagnik, Anuradha Paudwal, Shailender Singh, Shabbir Kumar, Mohammad Aziz, Sudesh Bhosle along with Gazal singers Jagjit Singh, Bhupinder Singh and Pankaj Udhas have sung for the songs composed by Bappi Lahiri in a career spanning for 40 years in over 600 films in over 5000 songs. Bappi Lahiri was also awarded by India's President Giani Zail Singh for the best musical score in the film "Thanedaar" 1990. 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 highest award during the 44th National Awards of India-THE GOLDEN LOTUS. The film, directed by Buddhadev Dasgupta, got the award for being the Best Feature Film Of 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
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. 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.
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 actress 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 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.
Bappi Lahiri has appeared in several movies, such as Badhti Ka Naam Dadhi 1974 as Bappu Gipsyan, which was directed by Kishore Kumar. 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. 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 acts as a Disco King DK in "It's Rocking Dard-E-Disco" which was produced by Dhumketu
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, and son Bappa Lahiri who also became a music director, got married to Tanisha Varma in April 2012. Bappi Lahiri is very fond of jewelry and is usually seen wearing ornaments and dark glasses with a tracksuit.
Some of the movies for which he composed successful music are:
- Morcha (1980)
- Ek Baar Kaho (1980)
- Surakshaa (1979)
- Wardat (1981)
- Chalte Chalte (1976)
- Pyara Dushman
- Disco Dancer
- Dance Dance
- Film Hi Film
- Adventures of Tarzan
- Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki
- Wanted: Dead or Alive
- Guru (2007 film)
- Namak Halaal
- Sharaabi - Winner 1984 Filmfare Best Music Director Award
- Zindagi Ek Jua
- Justice Chaudary [Telugu]
- Nippu Ravva [Telugu]
- Rowdy Inspector [Telugu]
- State Rowdy [Telugu]
- Simhasanam [Telugu]
- Gang Leader [Telugu] - Winner 1991 Filmfare Award for Best Music Director - Telugu
- Rowdy Alludu [Telugu]
- Bramha [Telugu]
- Krishna Nee Begane Baro - 1986 Kannada Film
- Africadalli Sheela - 1986 Kannada Film
- Police Mattu Dada - 1999 Kannada Film
- The Good Boys - Malayalam Film
- Loafer - Upcoming Bengali film
- Love in Mandya - Upcoming Kannada 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)
- "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 Dance)
- "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" (Adventures of Tarzan)
- "Bambai Nagariya" (Taxi No 9211)
- "Oh la la la" (The Dirty Picture)
- "To do deewar" (Nirnayak - The Decider)
- Official website
- Bappi Lahiri at the Internet Movie Database
- Bappi Lahiri to get naughty with Katy Perry down south!