Famous music composer Bappi Lahiri dies aged 69

Bappi Lahiri

Mumbai–Veteran singer-music manager Bappi Lahiri – who wielded the stick aged 17 – died here late Tuesday night, an official said.

He was 69 and breathed his last at Criticare Hospital where he was admitted with some post-Covid issues.

Indian-American singer Anuradha Palakurthi, who has performed with Lahiri several times, said she had lost a mentor.

“I have lost a mentor, the industry has lost a giant whose work will always shine, the world has lost a saatwik human of uncommon goodness and kindness, and the family has lost a devoted husband, a loving father and stepfather and a doting grandfather,” Palakurti said. “Working with Bappi-Da was like seeing a magician at work – he could whip out tunes in a jiffy – both intricate and easy, classical and light, Western and Eastern. Every minute I spent with him was an education. I am one of the many singers who have been given a chance by legend.

My heart goes out to the family.

Born in West Bengal, Lahiri first composed the music for a Bengali film “Daadu” and launched his career in Bollywood with a film, “Nanha Shikari”.

He achieved worldwide fame with his hit music for “Disco Dancer” and the song “Jimmy, Jimmy, Aaja, Aaja…”, and later the hit music for “Zakhmee”, “Lahu Ke Do Rang”.

Prominent Bollywood personalities have expressed their shock and expressed their condolences over the passing of Lahiri, who was affectionately known as “Bappi Da” in the industry. (IANS)

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