Bappi Lahiri and Lata Mangeshkar: Indian music industry loses two of its legends in less than two weeks. Bappi Lahiri, the renowned Bollywood music composer, passed away today from a sleep-associated disorder. Famous Bengali singer Sandhya Mukherjee also breathed her last yesterday. These two deaths come close after the demise of legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar. Their sudden death has created a void in the music industry and in the hearts of music lovers. The demise of these legendary singers is being termed as ‘End of an Era,’ through the magnificent work done by them and the music that they have created would live forever!
Lata Mangeshkar (28 September 1929 – 6 February 2022) was an Indian playback singer and occasional music composer. She is widely considered to have been one of the greatest and most influential singers in India. Her contribution to the Indian music industry in a career spanning seven decades gained her honorific titles such as the “Queen of Melody”, “Nightingale of India”, and “Voice of the Millennium”.
Lata Mangeshkar recorded songs in over thirty-six Indian languages and a few foreign languages, though primarily in Hindi, Bengali, Marathi. She also sang in English, Russian, Dutch, and even Swahili. She received several accolades and honors throughout her career. In 1989 the Dadasaheb Phalke Award was bestowed on her by the Government of India. In 2001, in recognition of her contributions to the nation, she was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor; she is only the second female singer, after M. S. Subbulakshmi, to receive this honor. France conferred on her its highest civilian award, Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honor, in 2007.
She was the recipient of three National Film Awards, 15 Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards, four Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards, two Filmfare Special Awards, the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award and many more. In 1974, she was one of the first Indian playback singers to ever perform at Royal Albert Hall in London, UK. Her last recorded song was “Saugandh Mujhe Is Mitti ki” released on 30 March 2019 as a tribute to the Indian army and Nation.
At one point, she appeared in the Guinness World Records which listed her as the most recorded artist in history between 1948 and 1987.
Alokesh Lahiri (27 November 1952 – 15 February 2022), popularly known as Bappi Lahiri, was an Indian singer, composer, politician, and record producer. He popularized the use of synthesized disco music in Indian cinema. He had delivered major box office successes in Bengali films. He was popular in the 1980s and 1990s with filmi soundtracks such as Wardat, Disco Dancer, Namak Halaal, and many more.
Although most of his songs were written for discotheques and dance numbers, yet to his credits, there are several melodious songs as well from a list of movies like Chalte Chalte and Zakhmee Bappi Lahiri joined BJP in 2014. He was declared a BJP candidate from Sreerampur (Lok Sabha constituency) in West Bengal for the 2014 Indian general election but he had lost.
Apart from his popular disco-electronic music, Bappi Lahiri was also known for his signature look of his sartorial style that consisted of gold chains, golden embellishments, velvety cardigans, and sunglasses.
He won Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award at 63rd Filmfare Awards.