Bappi Lahiri passes away at 69

New Delhi, Feb 16 (UNI): Popular Bollywood music composer and singer Bappi Lahiri died at Mumbai’s CritiCare Hospital here on Wednesday. He was 69.

Lahiri had been in hospital for a month and was discharged on Monday. But he was again admitted to the hospital on Tuesday after his health deteriorated. He was suffering from multiple health issues. “He died due to OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) shortly before midnight,” doctors treating him said.


Filmmaker Hansal Mehta tweeted: “Another legend gone. BappiLahiri. Had the good fortune of working closely with him when I shot an ad for P&G and then when I worked with White Feather Films for Sanjay Gupta. Man of incredible melody and talent.”

Ashoke Pandit said, “Shocked to hear about the demise of rockstar Bappi Lahiri ji. Can’t believe my next door neighbour is no more . Your music will always remain in our hearts . Om Shanti!”

“Bappi Da was so endearing in person. But, his music had an edge. He introduced a more contemporary style to Hindi film music with Chalte Chalte, Suraksha and Disco Dancer. Om Shanti Dada. You will be missed,” actor Ajay Devgn tweeted.

Born Alokesh Lahiri on November 27, 1952, Bappi Lahiri was known for popularising the disco music in Bollywood as he delivered popular songs in several films of the late 1970s-80s like Chalte Chalte, Disco Dancer, Namak Halal, Dance Dance and Sharaabi. His last Bollywood song titled Bhankas was for the film Baaghi 3, released in 2020.

He was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award at 63rd Filmfare Awards. In 1974, the singer started his career with his composition for the Bengali film Daadu.

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