Bappi Lahiri once said if not for Lata Mangeshkar, he would have been ‘swept away by the competition’

This is the saddest month for music lovers. After Lata Mangeshkar breathed her last on February 6, Bappi Lahiri passed away on the night of February 15. He was 69. The singer played a huge role in uplifting Indian music and replenishing the disco genre in the country. In fact, Bappi Lahiri and Lata Mangeshkar’s collaborations created numerous melodious tracks that will be remembered for eternity. In a throwback interview, Bappi Lahiri credited his success in Bollywood to Lata Mangeshkar. Find out what he had said.

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Bappi Lahiri is no more today, but his music shall forever remain. He and late legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar had worked closely together. This resulted in beautiful songs such as Kaliyon Kaa Chaman, Gori hai Kalaiyaan, O Saiyaan Deewane, and many others. In a throwback interview with The Times of India, Bappi Lahiri had shared how he first met Lata Mangeshkar and how she helped him in his career. He said, “I was 4 when in the Eden Garden locality of Kolkata where we lived, Lataji came home and blessed me. I still have a picture of me sitting in her lap.”

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Bappi Lahiri had further added, “She sang many Bangla songs for my father (Aparesh Lahiri) who was a well-known composer in Kolkata. From then on she has supported me. She sang my first composition in a Bengali film Daadu. If she hadn’t sung for me, I’d have been swept away by the competition.”


In the same interview, Bappi Lahiri had shared how Lata Mangeshkar made it big for him in the film and music industries. He had said, “My first big Bollywood hit score was Aamir Khan’s father Tahir Hussain’s Zakhmee. In that Lataji sang Abhi abhi thi dushmani and Aao tujhe chand pe le jaaon. Both big hits. That film also had the Asha-Kishore duet Jalta hai jiya mera bhigi-bhigi raaton mein which was a rage.

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Then there were melodies in the films Chalte Chalte and Aap Ki Khatir (which had the chartbuster Bambai se aaya mera dost) which are hummed to this day. That’s how it all began for me.”

The passing of Bappi Lahiri marks the end of an era in the music industry.

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