Bappi Lahiri is the pioneer of synthesized disco music of Indian cinema turned 69 yesterday. He gave the industry superhits during the ‘80s and ‘90s. The singer-composer in his four-decade-long career had worked in more than 650 films. The Disco King has produced songs that are irresistible to dance and are dynamic. He began working at the young age of 19 and is trained in every aspect of music.
He started his career with the Bengali film ‘Daadu’ (1972) and made a mark in Bollywood with the film ‘Zakhmee’ (1975). Popularity came to him with songs like “Chalte Chalte”, “Disco Dancer”, “De De Pyaar De”, “Yaar Bina Chain Kahan Re”, “Tamma Tamma”. He holds the Guinness Book of World Records for composing 180 songs in a single year.
He also dubbed for the fictional character of Tamatoa for Disney’s ‘Moana’ (2016). In 2014 he contested elections as a BJP candidate but lost it. Not only the Hindi music industry but he also lent his voice for Gujarati, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil and Bengali songs. His songs still make the listeners groove and are still party anthems.
His fashion sense of wearing gold ornaments makes him a style icon. He mentioned in his interviews that Elton John’s fashion sense was somewhat similar to him. Not only did he have a fashion sense that was different but all that gold also crowned him the real ‘Disco King’. He is the man who gave us some timeless classics and gained fame for his tunes overseas.
Here’s wishing Bappi Da a very Happy Birthday.