What name comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “Indian Pop”? It’s none other than Bappi Ji, India’s Disco King!! The country had barely recovered from the death of legendary singer Lt. Lata Mangeshkar ji when another heartbreaking news broke last morning. Our beloved Bappi Lahri ji has passed away. It’s almost as if there’s a dark cloud looming over the Indian music industry, stealing our two most valuable jewels.
Bappi Ji used to address Lata Ji as “Maa,” and he has stated on numerous occasions that if it hadn’t been for Lata Ji’s faith in him , he would have been swept away by the competition. When Bappi ji first arrived in Mumbai, he was only 19 years old, and his very first composition was sung by none other than NIGHTINGALE herself!
She sang his first ever composition, Daadu, for a Bengali film, and he frequently credited her with helping him succeed in a difficult business.
While the world mourns the news, I believe that their departure and journey to a better place should be commemorated by recalling some of their most iconic melodies and wishing them well on their journey ahead in heaven’s above.
Zakhmee was “The Disco King’s” first album in Bollywood, and two of its most famous songs, Aao Tumhe Chand Pe Le Jaye and Abhi Abhi thi Dushmani, sung by Lata Ji, topped the charts at the time.
The duo’s bond was so strong that whatever music they touched turned out to be gold.
Naino Mai Sapna: 1983
This five-decade-old Legendary song is still one of the most-heard songs across all music platforms. Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar sang the song passionately, with music by Bappi bappi. “Naino mai Sapna” had no choice but to be known as the “Himmatwala” of the music industry!
Jabse Mile Naina: 1991
Didi’s collaboration on “The First Love Letter” was the cherry on top of Bappi bappi and S.P Bala Balasubrahmanyam’s most beloved album of the 1990s.
“Tota Tota,” also from the same album, is a hit!
Gori hai Kalayiaan: 1990
Remember when Kajol sang to SRK in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, “Gori hai Kalaiyan pehna de mujhe Hari Hari Chooriyan” and we all went gaga over “apna bana le mujhe baalama”? They were remembering the legendary duo of Lata Ji and Bappi Da, who sang this song for Jaya Prada and Amitabh Bachan’s Aaj ka Arjun.
Thoda Resham Lagta hai: 1981
When Bappi Ji was called the Disco King of India and Lata Ji, the Nightingale, they were referring to Jyoti’s iconic number Thoda Resham Lagta hai starring Hema Malini! Such was the composition and melody of the song that this song’s reverb version still trends today while all of us are grooving our feet to it!
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the world revolved around the voice of Lata Mangeshkar and bappi bappi Da’s music composition back and forth, the two were swooping the charts with hits, and whenever these two came together, it had to be a BLOCKBUSTER!!
As we say goodbye to the ever melodious Lata Ji and Bappi Da, it gives me great pride to say that I am a descendant of the era when legends like Lata Ji and Bappi Ji were blessing the Indian Music Industry with their soulful voices and melodious compositions.
May you always rest in peace Lata Ji and Bappi Da! Your music and achievements would always be remembered… There was only one Lata Ji and Bappi Da! No one can ever replace you!