Bappi Lahiri

Alokesh "Bappi" Lahiri is an Indian singer, music composer, dancer, disco musician, actor and record producer. He popularized the use of synthesized disco music in Indian cinema and sang some of his own compositions. He was popular in the 1980s and 1990s with filmi soundtracks such as Wardat, Disco Dancer, Namak Halaal, Dance Dance, Commando, Saaheb, Gang Leader, Sailaab and Sharaabi.

Bappi Lahiri
Lahiri in 2017
Background information
Birth nameAlokesh Lahiri
Born (1952-11-27) 27 November 1952[1]
Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India
OriginKolkata, India
InstrumentsVocals, tabla, piano, drums, guitar, saxophone, bongos, dholak
Years active1972–present
LabelsBL Sound, Saregama, Venus Records & Tapes, T-Series, Tips Industries, Universal Music Group, Abbey Road Studios, Planet LA Records

Lahiri joined BJP in 2014. He was declared a BJP candidate from Srirampur in West Bengal for the 2014 Indian general election and lost.[2]

Early life

Lahiri was born in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal. His parents, Aparesh Lahiri and Bansari Lahiri, both from Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, were famous Bengali singers and musicians in classical music and Shyama Sangeet. He is their only child.

His relatives include singer Kishore Kumar, his maternal uncle.[3]

Lahiri began to play tabla at the age of 3. Initially, he was trained by his parents.

Lahiri has 2 children, a son Bappa Lahiri and a daughter Rema Lahiri. His son is married to Aashna Mulani with whom he has a daughter Ruth Lahiri.

His favourite quote being 'Gold is my God.'


Notorious for his uptempo and danceable tracks. Bappi would recreate and sometimes sample popular sounds from the foreign market on his soundtracks. Though he was known for disco style songs he has also composed some melodious songs as well, such as the songs from Chalte Chalte and Zakhmee.

Portions of Lahiri's song "Thoda Resham Lagta Hai" were included in the 2002 song "Addictive" by American R&B singer Truth Hurts. Copyright holders Saregama India, Ltd. sued Interscope Records and its parent company, Universal Music Group for 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.[4]

In late 2016, Lahiri voiced the character of Tamatoa in the Hindi-dubbed version of Disney's 3D computer-animated fantasy adventure film Moana; he also composed and sang "Shona" (Gold), the Hindi version of "Shiny".[5] This was his first time dubbing for an animated character, and he also appeared in Ramratan song "Yeh Hai Dance Bar".[6] He won Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award at 63rd Filmfare Awards.[7]


Live films

Film titleActorCharacterDub languageOriginal languageOriginal year releaseDub year releaseNotes
Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle [8]Elton JohnHimselfHindiEnglish20172017

Animated films

Film titleOriginal Voice(s)CharacterDub languageOriginal languageOriginal year releaseDub year releaseNotes
Moana[9]Jemaine ClementTamatoaHindiEnglish20162016


Denotes films that have not yet been released


1973Nanha Shikari"All Songs"Hindi
1973Charitra"All Songs"Hindi
1974Bazar Band Karo"All Songs"Hindi
1974Ek Ladki Badnaam Si"All Songs"Hindi
1975Zakhmee"All Songs"Hindi
1976Chalte Chalte"All Songs"Hindi
1977Aap Ki Khatir"All Songs"Hindi
1979Surakksha"All Songs"Also SingerHindi
1980Manokamna"All Songs"Also SingerHindi
1981Wardat"All Songs"Also SingerHindi
1981Jyoti"All Songs"Hindi
1982Disco Dancer"All Songs"Also SingerHindi
1982Namak Halaal"All Songs"Also Singer Zubin Ittefaq (2017 film)Hindi
1983Himmatwala"All Songs"Hindi
1984Sharaabi"All Songs"Hindi
1985Aitbaar"All Songs"Hindi
1985Saaheb"All Songs"Also SingerHindi
1985Geraftaar"All Songs"Also SingerHindi
1987Dance Dance"All Songs"Also SingerHindi
1987Satyamev Jayate"All Songs"Also SingerHindi
1987Amar Sangi"All Songs"Also SingerBengali
1988Commando"All Songs"Hindi
1988Mera Shikar"All Songs"Also SingerHindi
1989Guru"All Songs"Also SingerHindi
1989Aamar Tumi"All Songs"Also SingerBengali
1989Prem Pratigyaa"All Songs"Also SingerHindi
1989Pronomi Tomay"All Songs"Also SingerBengali
1990Ghayal"All Songs"Hindi
1990Sailaab"All Songs"Along with Aadesh ShrivastavaHindi
1990Thanedaar"All Songs"Also SingerHindi
1992Tomar Naam Likhe Debo"All Songs"Also SingerBengali
1993Dalaal"All Songs"Also SingerHindi
1994Neelanjana"All Songs"Also SingerBengali
1995Rock Dancer"All Songs"Also SingerHindi
1995Diya Aur Toofan"All Songs"Hindi
1996Dil Ke Jharoke Main"All Songs"Hindi
1996Rangbaaz"All Songs"Also SingerHindi
1996Hum Sab Chor Hain"All Songs"Hindi
1997Nirnayak"All Songs"Also SingerHindi
1997Dharma Karma"All Songs"Also SingerHindi
1998Military Raaj"All Songs"Also SingerHindi
1999Aaya Toofan"All Songs"Also SingerHindi
1999Benaam"All Songs"Hindi
2000Justice Chowdhary"All Songs"Hindi
2008Mudrank"All Songs"Also SingerHindi
2008C Kkompany"Khokha", "Jaane Kya Ho Gaya Mujhko"Hindi
2009Jai Veeru"All Songs"Hindi
2011The Dirty Picture"Ooh La La"As SingerHindi
2013Gunday"Tune Maari Entriyaan","Asalaam-E-Ishqum"As SingerHindi
2013Himmatwala"Thank God It's Friday"UncreditedHindi
2014Main Aur Mr. Riight"All Songs"Hindi
2017Badrinath Ki Dulhania"Tamma Tamma Song"As Singer & ComposerHindi
20183rd EyeHindi
2018Mausam Ikrar Ke Do Pal Pyaar Ke[10]All SongsMusic DirectorHindi
2019Why Cheat India"Dil Mein Ho Tum"Music DirectorHindi


1987Thene Manasulu
1989State Rowdy
1991Gang Leader
1991Rowdy Alludu
1991Khaidi Inspector
1992Donga Police
1992Rowdy Inspector
1992Rowdy Gari Pelam
1993Nippu Ravva
1995Big Boss
1995Muddayi Muddugumma
1995Punya Bhoomi Naa Desam




Lahiri won the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award at the 63rd Filmfare Awards.[11]

See also


  1. "Bappi Lahiri". ETimes. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  2. "Lok Sabha Results: Top 30 Losers". The Indian Express. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  3. Saxena, Manjari (17 July 2014). "Bappi Lahiri: the golden era of music has ended". Gulf News. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  4. "Bappi Lahiri wins suit against Addictive, Dr Dre". 6 February 2003.
  5. "Moana | Bappi Lahiri as Tamatoa | In Cinemas 2 December". YouTube. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  6. "Watch: Bappi Lahiri sings for the Hollywood animation 'Moana' - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  7. ANI (21 January 2018). "63rd Filmfare Awards: Bappi Lahiri receives 'Lifetime Achievement Award'". Retrieved 24 March 2018 via Business Standard.
  8. "Bappi Lahiri to dub for Elton John in Kingsman The Golden Circle". 15 September 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  9. "Watch: Bappi Lahiri sings for the Hollywood animation 'Moana' - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  10. "Bappi Lahiri on composing multi-genre tracks for Do Pal Pyar Ke". mid-day. 9 April 2018. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  11. ANI (21 January 2018). "63rd Filmfare Awards: Bappi Lahiri receives 'Lifetime Achievement Award'". Retrieved 24 March 2018 via Business Standard.
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