, Kolkatta, India.
Bappi Lahiri is a music director in the Hindi film industry. He pioneered
disco music in Indian cinema and sang some of his own compositions. He was popular
in the 1980s with films like 'Disco Dancer', 'Namak Halaal' and 'Sharaabi' among
others. He moved to Mumbai when he was 19.
The first Hindi film for which he composed music was 'Nanha Shikari' (1973). The
turning point of his career was Tahir Husain's Hindi film, 'Zakhmee' (1975), for
which he composed music and doubled as a playback singer. He sang a duet with
Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar called 'Nothing Is Impossible' for the same film.
The songs of his next film, 'Chalte Chalte', became hits. With Ravikant Nagaich's
Surakksha his singing and music became even more popular.
He was the most suited musician for Mithun Chakraborty's disco dance-based films.
Mithun Chakraborty and Bappi Lahiri became synonyms of Indian disco culture in the
1980s. He also scored music for many Hindi films produced from South India. He is
called 'Disco King' around India.
Lahiri disappeared from the Indian film industry in the 1990s. He made a brief
comeback in the Prakash Mehra produced 'Dalal' starring Mithun Chakraborty. The song
'Gutur Gutur' from the film was a big hit, though it had its share of controversies
due to its suggestive lyrics.
In 2004, he brought out his album Bappi Magic - The Asli Baap Mix, featuring popular
numbers such as 'Gori Hai Kalaiyan' and 'Jimmy Jimmy'. It attained great popularity.
In 2005, he composed the background score for the Jahnu Barua film, 'Maine Gandhi Ko
Nahin Maara', thus reaffirming his identity as a very versatile composer. In 2006,
he lent his voice to another composer for the first time with the song 'Boombai
Nagariya' which he sang for Vishal-Shekhar for the movie 'Taxi Number 9211'.
Of late, he has once again lent his voice to the title track of the Mani Ratnam film
'Guru', in which the music has been composed by A.R.Rahman. He has recorded songs
for the movie 'Level Crossing' produced by actor Jayaprada. In 2006, he appeared on
the popular television show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs on Zee TV as co-judge with
singers Alka Yagnik and Abhijeet. He was a judge for the 2007 edition of Zee TV's Sa
Re Ga Ma Pa and Sony Entertainment Television's K For Kishore reality show that aims
to find the 'heir apparent' to Kishore Kumar.
In 2010 Lahiri was back with 'I Am a Disco Dancer' in 'Golmaal 3' in his own voice.
The track was from his previous film 'Disco Dancer'.