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Veteran singer and music composer, Bappi Lahiri, needs no introduction as he is often regarded as one of the most versatile composers of all time. He had given some incredibly famous tracks in the late 1970s-80s in the films like Disco Dancer, Sharaabi, Chalte Chalte, and the list goes on. Fondly known as 'Bappi da', he was popular for his fascination for gold. He was also known as the true blue 'Disco King' of Bollywood.
In a major breakthrough of events, iconic composer and musician, Bappi Lahiri, passed away on February 16, 2022. The veteran singer, who had popularised disco music in India in the 80s and 90s, breathed his last at CritiCare Hospital in Mumbai. Bappi Lahiri's sudden demise has undoubtedly left a void in the industry, and social media is abuzz with tweets mourning the loss. The news of the 69-year-old singer was confirmed by PTI in a tweet, which can be read as:
"Singer-composer Bappi Lahiri dies in Mumbai hospital, says doctor."
Bappi Lahiri was renowned for his love for gold jewellery as much as he was popular for his hit songs. In an old interview, the legendary singer-composer had revealed that for him, ‘gold is lucky.’ He was quoted in a piece for Speaking Tree as saying:
“My mother gave me a gold chain with a Hare Rama Hare Krishna locket in it. I got Zakhmi - my first blockbuster. When my mother put on the chain for me, she had told me it would be lucky for me."
Further in the interview, Bappi Lahiri had also explained the significance of some of the jewellery pieces that he wears. He had shared that his family used to gift him gold, and it had brought him a lot of success. He had added:
"More gold chains followed with more box-office successes. I have always got gold from my family. After my mother, it was my wife Chitrani who gifted me another gold chain with a big Ganpati locket on it, on my birthday, in 1977. This was following the super successful box-office runs of Aapki Ki Khatir and Bambai Ae Aa Mera Dost."
The veteran singer had also shared that he was an ardent follower of Siddhivinayak, and he once had a dream that he should wear a Ganpati locket on his chest. Surprisingly, soon after wearing the locket, he had got his name etched in the Guinness Book Of World Records for his immense contribution to the Indian music industry. He had said:
“I have as many as seven chains and the Ganpati has brought a big change in my life. I am a big follower of Siddhivinayak and Lalbagcha Raja. One day I had a dream where I was asked to wear a Ganpati on my chest. Soon after, I was in the Guinness Book Of World Records for my musical accomplishment. Three years ago, my daughter Reema gifted me a big gold chain on my birthday with a Maa Saraswati locket on it."
Bappi Lahiri had revealed that he had never weighed his jewellery to date as he had believed that on every gold chain, there was God. He had added that his gold jewellery was so heavy that he couldn't carry all of it with him whenever he travelled abroad. He had concluded:
"No matter where I travel, some gold jewellery always travels with me. My gold jewellery is so heavy that I can't carry all of it with me abroad. I always want to carry God with me. I have never weighed my gold jewellery. On every chain, God is there, so I have never weighed any of my jewellery.”
Bappi Lahiri and his songs will stay with us forever!