Bollywood bids adieu to its Disco King

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Mumbai, (UNI): The “Rambaa Ho Ho…” man of Bollywood is no more. Composer and singer Bappi Lahiri passed away at the age of 69 at a Juhu hospital in Mumbai due to critical breathing trouble.

From dancing divas Hema Malini to Madhuri Dixit, from superstars Akshay Kumar, Chiranjeevi, Vidya Balan, to filmmaker Karan Johar and ace composer AR Rahman — tributes are pouring in for “Bappi Da” from all corners.

Kajol: Today we lost the disco king, Bappi  Da you were not only an amazing music composer and singer but also a  beautiful and happy soul. End of an Era. May your soul rest in peace.

Priyanka Chopra: Rest in glory, Disco King! Om Shanti.

Shaan posted three photos with the Disco King and captioned: Aa bhi jaa, Aa bhi jaa Ek baar.. Yaad aa raha hai Tera Pyar!!! My Sweetest, Dearest, Cutest and Most Loving BappaDa!!! Will miss you so much.

Vir Das: Dear Hip Hop fans,  Bappi Da created music edgier than the times, created an in your face  recognisable visual for a performer, wore heaps of bling, sunglasses  indoors, and played with percussion and samples…..waaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy  before that artist we now love.

Hema Malini: Bappi Lahiri or Bappi Da as he was affly called, passed away around midnight.He will be remembered for his new disco music & fast numbers which he introduced in films, something no one had done earlier.He will be sorely missed by the industry & by all his many fans. Condolences.

Shreya Ghoshal shared a photo of her along with Bappi Da and said: The most iconic personality, a true rock star of our country. Have been so fortunate to have had your blessings through my career, got several opportunities to sing with you. Bappi da, you have gone too soon. Will miss you terribly. Rest in peace. Om Shanti.
Madhuri Dixit: This is a big loss for the Hindi Music Industry. Today we’ve lost a gem with a golden heart & a golden voice while the heaven found it’s treasure. You’ll be truly missed, Bappi Da… Rest in eternal melodious peace…Om Shanti.

Kumar Sanu: “Really shocked by very dear Bappi Da’s demise. You’ll always be in our hearts. I still can’t believe it. Met him few days back and he was so lively. Have so many memories of him.. May God gives strength to the family. Dada ap Amar ho. Om Shanti.

Ajay Devgn: Bappi Da was so endearing in  person. But, his music had an edge. He introduced a more contemporary  style to Hindi film music with Chalte Chalte, Suraksha & Disco  Dancer. Om Shanti Dada. You will be missed.

Neeti Mohan shared a black and white photo with the quote ‘Farewell Disco King’ and said: Bappi Da! Thank you for the music. May your soul Rest In Peace. Condolences to the family.

Akshay Kumar: Today we lost another gem from the music industry… Bappi Da,your voice was the reason for millions to dance, including me. Thank you for all the happiness you brought through your music. My heartfelt condolences to the family. Om Shanti.

Madhur Bhandarkar: Shocked to hear of the sad demise of Veteran Music director Bappida, was fortunate to have him sing a track in my film Indu Sarkar, an unsurmountable loss to his fans and the music industry. Heartfelt condolences to his family members. Om Shanti.

Shilpa Shetty Kundra: It’s extremely heartbreaking to hear that Bappi Da is no more. Nearly 5 decades of his musical legacy will remain with us for generations to come. May his soul rest in peace. Heartfelt condolences to his family, loved ones, and his fans.

Vidya Balan: I wish you joy wherever you go Bappi da because that’s what you brought to the world through your music and your being. Love always, Bidda (as you’d so endearingly call me).

Kareena Kapoor Khan: Yaar Bina chain kanhan Re. Rip King.

Adnan Sami: He was India’s First ‘ROCK STAR’!! He was full of love & generosity! Will miss him dearly…
“Chalte Chalte…/Mere Ye Geet Yaad Rakhna…/Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna…/Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna… Rest in peace dear Bappi Da.

Lahiri, who was suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea for past one year and recurrent chest infection, was hospitalised in Criticare Hospital, Juhu, for 29 days.
He was discharged on February 15, however, later his health deteriorated and was readmitted in a critical state. Hours later he succumbed to his illness at about 11.45 pm.

Fondly known as Bappi Da, his real name Alokesh Lahiri. He was born in 1952 in a family of singers Aparesh Lahiri and Bansuri Lahiri in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal.

Generations who danced to ‘Yaar Bina..’ and ‘Ramba Ho..’ was mostly those grooved to music played on cassettes, a bygone era. However, Lahiri was much sought-after by filmmakers of that generation who wanted to tell their tale to the GenX. So he sang the title track of “Dirty Picture” which was an instant hit with all generations.

He was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award at 63rd Filmfare Awards in 2018. His last Bollywood song titled ‘Bhankas’ was for the film ‘Baaghi 3’, released in 2020.

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