Renowned music composer Bappi Lahiri passes away at 69

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Mumbai–Veteran singer-music director Bappi Lahiri — who wielded the baton at the age of 17 — passed away here late on Tuesday night, an official said.

He was 69 and breathed his last in the Criticare Hospital where he was admitted for certain post-Covid issues.

Indian-American singer Anuradha Palakurthi, who has performed with Lahiri sveral times, said that she has lost a mentor.
“I lost a mentor, the industry lost a giant whose work will always shine, the world lost a saatwik human of uncommon goodness and kindness, and the family lost a devoted husband, loving father and in-law and a doting grandfather,” said Palakurthi. “Working with Bappi-Da was like seeing a magician at work – he could bring out tunes in a jiffy – both intricate and easy, classical and light, western and eastern. Every minute that I spent with him was education. I am one of many singers that was given a chance by the legend.

My heart goes out to the family.”

Born in West Bengal, Lahiri first composed music for a Bengali film ‘Daadu’ and launched his Bollywood career with a film, ‘Nanha Shikari’.

He shot to global fame with his chartbusting music for “Disco Dancer” and the song ‘Jimmy, Jimmy, Aaja, Aaja…”, and later the superhit music for “Zakhmee”, “Lahu Ke Do Rang”.

Prominent Bollywood personalities have expressed shock and condoled the demise of Lahiri, who was fondly known as ‘Bappi Da’ in the industry. (IANS)

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