Bappi Lahiri is an Indian music director. He is composing music in the Hindi film industry. He popularized disco music in Indian cinema. The films that he worked for in 1980s like Disco Dancer, Namak Halaal, and Sharaabi made him famous.
He was born on 27th November 1952 in Kolkata in West Bengal. His parents are Aparesh Lahiri and Bansari Lahiri. Both of them were serving in the music industry. His mother was fluent in classical music and Shyama Sangeet. He was the only child of his parents. He had great ambitions since his childhood days to become an international figure. When he started to play tabla he was only three years old.
He was trained by his parents. He got his first opportunity to work in the Bengali film Daadu in 1972. He was only 19 at that time. He married Chitrani and has one daughter Rema and one son Bappa. He loves to wear gold ornaments and usually seen in black glasses with a tracksuit.
He came to Mumbai when he was 19 and his debut Hindi film was Nanha Shikari in 1973. He got a break after Tahir Hussain’s Hindi Film, Zakhmee in 1975. He composed music and worked as a playback singer for this film. For the film Nothing is Impossible he sang a duet. He mixed disco music with Indian flavor. So he is called as Disco King. He worked for many disco dance based films of Mithun Chakraborty.
He was accused of plagiarizing other composer’s music without giving any royalty or credit to them. He could not be seen in the Indian film industry in the nineties. He came back to work in the film Dalal in which Mithun Chakraborty acted. The song Gutur Gutur became very popular though it faced controversies on account of its suggestive lyrics.
He launched his album Bappi Magic in 2004. He lent his voice to the song Boombai Nagariya for Vishal Sekhar for the movie Taxi Number 9211. He appeared in television shows Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs on Zee TV and K for Kishore reality show on Sony Entertainment Television.