Singer-composer Bappi Lahiri passed away on Tuesday, February 15, in Mumbai, informed a doctor on Wednesday. He was 69. He breathed his last at around 11.45 pm on Tuesday. He composed music in Hindi, Bengali and other regional languages. Bappi Lahiri was the pioneer of disco beats in India and composed some very popular songs in Bengali including Chirodini Tumi Je Aamar.
Bappi Lahiri made his debut in Hindi films with Nanha Shikari in 1973. However, his first Bengali film was Daadu (1972). His music in Ogo Bodhu Shundori (1981) was also a hit. He composed music for the film and also sang a number in the film – Malabika Anamika. The film’s Ei To Jiban sung by Kishore Kumar was a also a popular song.
His next Bengali film was Guru Dakshina in 1987 which starred Ranjit Mallick, Tapas Paul and Satabdi Roy. One of the most notable songs of the film was E Amar Gurudakshina.
In the same year, Bappi Lahiri composed music for Prosenjit Chatterjee-starrer Amar Sangi (1987). The film was a bumper hit and the music became quite popular. The song Chirodini Tumi Je Aamar, which was sung by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle, is still popular and had become a love anthem at that time.
Kolkata Kolkata from Soumitra Chatterjee and Moushami Chatterjee’s Urbashi and E Moner Akashey from Prosenjit and Rituparna Chatterjee’s Phool Aar Paathor was also quite a hit.
Prosenjit’s Aamar Tumi’s music was also composed by Bappi Da. Bolchhi Tomar Kane Kane sung by Lata Mangeshkar was liked by all. Uri Uri Baba, from the film Bolidan (1990), was a smashing hit. Composed by Bappi Lahiri, the song was sung by Usha Uthup and was picturised on Tapas Pal.