Bappi Lahiri, left (AP Photo/ Bikas Das, File)
16 February 2022

Popular Bollywood composer Bappi Lahiri dies at 69

16 February 2022

Popular Bollywood singer and composer Bappi Lahiri, who won millions of fans with his feet-tapping disco music in the 1980s and 1990s, has died aged 69, according to a statement.

Lahiri was suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea and a recurrent chest infection, and died on Tuesday night, the statement by Criticare hospital in Mumbai said.

He composed music for dozens of movies featuring top stars, including Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgun and Mithun Chakraborty.

Amitabh Bachchan (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA) (PA Archive)

His big Bollywood hits included Chalte Chalte, Disco Dancer and Sharaabi. He also had a run of major box office successes in Bengali films.

He was known for his love of gold chains, which he often wore around his neck for luck.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Lahiri’s music “was all-encompassing, beautifully expressing diverse emotions. People across generations could relate to his works”.

Narendra Modi (Jeff J Mitchell/PA) (PA Wire)

Actor Ajay Devgun said Lahiri was endearing in person, “but his music had an edge. He introduced a more contemporary style to Hindi film music”.

Lahiri had spent a month in hospital before returning home on Monday. He was again rushed to hospital on Tuesday as his condition deteriorated, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

He suffered from a Covid-19 infection last year, the hospital statement said.

Lahiri also had a brief stint in politics. He joined the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in 2014 but lost a parliamentary seat he contested for the party in Srerampur, West Bengal state, in national elections.

He is survived by his wife Chitrani Lahiri and a son and a daughter.

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