New Delhi, Feb. 16: Music composer and singer Bappi Lahiri has passed away at the age of 69 in Mumbai. Dr Deepak Namjoshi, Bappi Lahiri’s treating doctor and director CritiCare hospital, Juhu, told that Bappi Lahiri passed away around 11.40 – 11.45 on Tuesday night. The composer has been ailing for many weeks and was suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
According to the Indian Media, Lahiri was primarily known for his contribution in popularising the sound of disco music in India. Known for his success with Bengali films like Amar Prem, Mandira, Badnam, Aamar Tumi among others, Lahiri also contributed significantly to the soundtrack of Bollywood movies in the 80s and 90s (read Disco Dancer, Namak Halaal, Dance Dance, Sharaabi and more).
Bappi Lahiri was born on November 27, 1952 in West Bengal to a family of singers. An only child, the composer got his first break in the industry through the 1973 film Nanha Shikari.
Lahiri dabbled briefly in politics in 2014 to contest the Lok Sabha elections, but lost to Kalyaan Banerjee of All India Trinamool Congress.
Bappi Lahiri's last credited work in the Hindi film industry is the 2020 soundtrack from Baaghi 3 called "Bhankas" which he produced as well as sang.
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