Lahiri or Alokesh Lahiri born 27 November in 1953, is a
music director in the Hindi (or Bollywood) film industry.
He pioneered the use of disco music in Indian cinema, and
also sang some of his own compositions. He was popular in
the 1980s with films like Disco Dancer, Namak Halaal and
Sharaabi among others.
is very fond of jewelry and is usually found wearing gold
ornaments and black glasses with a combination of a tracksuit.
Lahiri is married and has two children. His wife is Chitrani,
daughter Rema and son Bappa. Bappa Lahiri is a music director.
D. Lahiri was born in Pabna, erstwhile East Pakistan into a family
with a rich tradition in classical music. His father, Aparesh
Lahiri was a famous Bengali singer and his mother, Banshori Lahiri
was a musician and a singer who was well-versed in classical music
and Shyama Sangeet. He was their only child. At a very early age,
he had the ambition to become famous, not only nationally, but
internationally. He began to play the tabla at the tender age
of three. His relatives from his mother's family include Kishore
Kumar and the S. Mukherjee clan. Initially he was trained by his
parents, after which he received his first opportunity in a Bengali
film, Daadu (1972) at the age of 19.
came to Mumbai at the young age of 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 himself sung 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 a rage. With Ravikant Nagaich's Surakshaa,
his singing and music became even more popular.
also scored music for many Hindi films produced from South India.
Lahiri pioneered the use of disco music in Indian cinema with
an Indian flavour. Most of his songs would be rendered by Kishore
Kumar and Asha Bhosle. He launched Vijay Benedict and Sharon Prabhakar
into the music industry. He also used Alisha Chinoy and Usha Uthup
extensively for his compositions.
his career Bappi Lahiri has been accused of plagiarizing music
produced by other composers without giving them any credit or
royalties. Conversely, in one instance, portions of his song "Thoda
Resham Lagta Hai" were included in a 2002 single Addictive
by American R&B Singer Truth Hurts. Copyright holders Saregama
India, Ltd. sued Interscope Records and its parent company, Universal
Music Group to the tune of more than $500 million. A Los Angeles
federal judge subsequently barred further sales of the CD unless
and until Lahiri was listed on the song's credits.
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 own 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 also 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 is currently
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.
Film Hi Film
Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki
Wanted: Dead or Alive
Sharaabi -Winner Filmfare Best Music Director Award(1985)
Zindagi Ek Jua
Lahiri has also done playback singing for his compositions. Some
of the notable songs that he has sung include:
Hu Mein (Wanted: Dead or Alive)
Tu Mujhe Jaan Se Bhi Pyaraa hai (Wardat)
Bambai Se Aaya mera Dost ( Aap ki khatir)
Yaad Aa Raha Hai (Disco Dancer)
Super Dancer (Dance Dance)
Jeena Bhi Kya Hai Jeena (Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki)
Tera Mera Pehla Yaarana (Shart)
Pyar Chahiye Mujhe Jeene Ke Liye (Manokamna)
Raat Baaki (Namak Halal)
Yaar Bina Chain Kahan Re (Saaheb)
Tamma Tamma Loge (Thaneedar)
Pyar Kabhi Kam Nahi Karna (Prem Pratigya)
Dekha Hai Maine Tumhe Phir Se Palatke (Suraksha)
Dil Main Ho Tum
Je La La (Tarzan)
Bambai Nagariya (Taxi No 9211)
his disco rejuvenation he also gave some of the evergreen music
to the industry that include:
Chalte Mere Yeh Geet Yaad Rakhna
Dil Se Mile Dil, Dil Se Mile Dil (Dil Se Mile Dil)
Muskuraata Hua (Lahu Ke Do Rang)
Chaar Din Ki Zindagi Hai (Ek Baar Kaho)
Dheere Dheere Subah Huyi (Haisiyat)
Maana Ho Tum (Toote Khilone)
Teri Chhoti Si Bhool (Shikshaa)
Yeh Naina Yeh Kajal (Dil Se Mile Dil)
Gaao Mere Man (Apne Paraaye)
Shyam Rang Ranga Re (Apne Paraaye)
Pyar Hee Jeene Ki (Armaan)
Pyar Manga Hai Tumhi Se
Ke Pag Ghungroo Baandh Meera Nachi Thi
Ankhon Mein Tum Hoton Pe Tum
is not that Bappi Lahiri was only a disco freak; he has also produced
beautiful Ghazals such as,
Nazar ko tera intezaar aaj bhi hai (Aetbaar)
and meant for information only.
Aawaz di hai (Aetbaar)