Kiran Malikwrote on Aug 11 2008 7:11PM
Bappi Lahiri (real name Alokesh Lahiri) was born on November 27, 1953 in Culcutta. His family was musically inclined from many generations, and his parents were well-known classical singers. so but naturally, even Bappi was trained Classical music right from his childhood.
Bappi Lahiri’s first film as a composer was a Bengali film Daadu (1969). He soon started composing for Hindi films too, with Mere Yaar Mera Dushman (1969) being his first hindi film. His next film was Nanha Shikari (1973).
Bappi Lahiri shot to fame with his songs for Tahir Hussain’s Zakhmee (1975). Later, All the songs of Chalte Chalte (1976) were hugely popular, and Bappi Lahiri carved a small place for himself in hindi films. The enormous success of Chalte Chalte’s music brought many offers for Bappi Lahiri, and he didn’t miss it. His music for Mithun Chakravarthy starrer Surakksha (1979) too was a huge hit. However, Bappi Lahiri came to full bloom in the 80s. His music for Namak Halaal (1982) took him straight to the A-league of composers. He was almost composing for 10 films a year in those days. Bappi da’s music for films like Hathkadi (1982), Himmatwala (1983), and Mawali (1983) was very popular, But his tour-de-force was Disco Dancer (1983). He also sang many songs from it and It was such a big rage that it catapulted Mithun to the one of the most popular heroes. Bappi lahiri gave birth to a new sound in hindi cinema, and is known as disco king ever since.
Bappi Lahiri’s music for Sharaabi (1984) proved his versitality. On the other side, He achieved great commercial success with songs from Tohfa (1984), Satyamev Jayte (1985), Saaheb (1985), Geraftaar (1985) and Ilzaam (1986) topping the charts. Although Bappi lahiri was accused on plagiarizing from Western music, The fact remained that it was liked by the masses. However, Bappi da’s magic faded a bit towards the late 80s. Although he was still composing for around dozen films an year, The bappi da touch was missing. However He made a great comerback with his chart-buster songs from Ghayal (1990), Awwal Number (1990), Sailaab (1990) and Thanedaar (1990). Later, His music for Afsana Pyar Ka (1991), Shola aur Shabnam (1992) and Aankhen (1993) retained his niche. However, Dalaal (1993) was his last successful album, after which he didn’t see much success. With time, Bappi Lahiri stopped composing for films. However, years later, Bappi Lahiri brought out two albums with remixed versions of his popular songs from the 80s. He composed background music for Jahnu Barua’s arty film Maine Gandhi Ko Nahi Maara (2005) and reaffirmed his versitality. Later we heard him in chartbuster songs like “Bombai Nagariya…” (Taxi 9 2 11) and “Ek lo Ek Muft…” (Guru).
Bappi Lahiri also judged reality shows Sa Re Ga Ma Pa and K for Kishore.
Bappi Lahiri won the Filmfare Best music award in 1984 for Sharaabi.
Bappi Lahiri is married with two children. His wife's name is Chitrani, his daughter is called Rema and son is called Bappa. Both his children are into music. He is very fond of jewellery and is usually found wearing gold ornaments and black glasses. Legendary singer-actor Kishore Kumar is his maternal uncle. Bappi Lahiri has also composed music for many south India films.