Political leaders on Wednesday expressed their grief at the passing away of veteran musician-singer Bappi Lahiri following multiple health issues in Mumbai at the age of 69.
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said India lost yet another veteran singer and composer with Lahiri’s death. “In the demise of Shri Bappi Lahiri, India has lost yet another veteran singer and composer. Bappi Da will always be remembered for his foot-tapping numbers. My deepest condolences to his family and followers. Om Shanti!”
Taking to Twitter, PM Modi wrote, “Shri Bappi Lahiri Ji’s music was all encompassing, beautifully expressing diverse emotions. People across generations could relate to his works. His lively nature will be missed by everyone. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.”
Shri Bappi Lahiri Ji’s music was all encompassing, beautifully expressing diverse emotions. People across generations could relate to his works. His lively nature will be missed by everyone. Saddened by his demise. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/fLjjrTZ8Jq
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 16, 2022
Home minister Amit Shah said Lahiri’s demise leaves a big void in the world of Indian music. “Pained to learn about the passing away of legendary singer & composer, Bappi Lahiri Ji. His demise leaves a big void in the world of Indian music. Bappi Da will be remembered for his versatile singing and lively nature,” he said.
Akshay Kumar wrote: “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.”
Raveena Tandon mourned Bappi Lahiri in a tweet: “Grew up listening to your music, Bappi da, you had your own style and always a smiling face. Your music shall play on forever.”
Ajay Devgn tweeted: “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 and Disco Dancer. Dada, you will be missed.”
Nimrat Kaur wrote: “The gates of heaven got shinier today… thank you for an era of such groovy joy Bappi Da.”
Madhur Bhandarkar tweeted: “Shocked to hear of the sad demise of Veteran Music director Bappida, was fortunate to have him sing a track in my film #InduSarkar, an unsurmountable loss to his fans and the music industry. Heartfelt condolences to his family members.”
Sujoy Ghosh wrote: “Long live Bappi lahiri. Legends don’t die.”
Fondly known as Bappi da, he was as much known for his hit numbers as he was for his fascination for gold. Bappi Lahiri composed songs for movies such as Disco Dancer, Himmatwala, Sharaabi, Adventures of Tarzan, Dance Dance, Satyamev Jayate, Commando, Aaj Ke Shahenshah, Thanedaar, Numbri Aadmi and Shola Aur Shabnam, among others. The singer-composer’s first big Bollywood hit score was for Aamir Khan’s father Tahir Hussain’s film Zakhmee.
Lahiri died at the CritiCare Hospital in Juhu. “He had been admitted to the hospital for a month and was discharged on Monday. But his health deteriorated on Tuesday and his family called for a doctor to visit their home. He was brought to the hospital. He had multiple health issues. He died due to OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) shortly before midnight,” Dr Deepak Namjoshi, director of the hospital, was quoted as saying by news agency.