Bappi Lahiri Biography


Bappi Lahiri

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 90s with filmi soundtracks like Disco Dancer, Namak Halaal, Gang Leader, and Sharaabi among others.

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[peacock term]. He also scored music for many Hindi films produced from South India. He is called 'Disco King' around India.