Bollywood’s Disco Legend Bappi Lahiri died in a hospital in Mumbai last night at the age of 69 years. The composer was known for his synthesised disco beats, succumbed to death in a Mumbai hospital last night. He had been hospitalised for over a month and was being treated for various health issues as per the news reports.
Dr Deepak Namjoshi, director of the CritiCare Hospital reported that Bappi Lahiri had been in the hospital for a month but was discharged on Monday. His health deteriorated on Tuesday and he was brought to the hospital again. He was suffering from multiple health issues and died due to OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) shortly after midnight yesterday. The singer’s last rites will be held at Pawan Hans Crematorium on Thursday by his son after he arrives from the United States.
He was admitted to the hospital last year as well due to Covid-19 but he made a full recovery and was discharged after a few days.
Tributes from all over the nation came flooding this morning. Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar said via his Twitter that we had lost another gem today from the music industry. He also said that Bappi Lahiri’s voice was the reason for millions of people to dance. He thanked him for all the happiness he brought through his music. Ajay Devgan also tweeted that Bappi Da was so endearing in person but his music had an edge. He had introduced a more contemporary style to the Hindi film industry.
Bappi Lahiri was one of the most influential figures in the music industry of India. He was a pioneer of Disco in Bollywood of the 1980s and 1990s. He composed super hit soundtracks for several films including Disco Dancer, Dance Dance, Chalte Chalte. He was well known in the Bengali cinema as well. Lovingly called Bappi Da by his fans, he sang various compositions of his own such as Koi Yaha Naache Naache from the movie Disco Dancer and Pyar Bina Chain Kaha from the movie Saheb.
Bappi Da cut a dashing figure with his trademark look studded with various gold chains and sunglasses. His real name was Akolesh and he had a brief career in politics as well when he joined the Bhartiya Janata Party in 2014. He lost the Lok Sabha election in the same year. Bappi Da sang his lost song for the movie Baaghi 3 in 2020 titled Bhankas. His last appearance on the screen was with Salman Khan on his show called Big Boss where he was seen promoting his grandson’s new song. He is survived by one son and a daughter.