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Bappi Lahiri: King of Bollywood disco dies at 69

Indian music composer Bappi Lahiri, who was known for his groovy disco tunes and eye-catching fashion style, has died at the age of 69.

Lahiri, who recovered from Covid in April last year, was in hospital for the past month. He died on Tuesday.

His funky, foot-stomping music had Indians fall in love with disco and had an entire country dancing to his tunes.

Politicians, cricketers and Bollywood stars have mourned his death, with many remembering their favourite songs.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was saddened by Lahiri's death.

"His demise leaves a big void in the world of Indian music," Mr Modi tweeted. "Bappi Da will be remembered for his versatile singing and lively nature."

Fondly known as "Bappi Da", Lahiri is credited for getting the disco ball spinning in India.

His music from the movie Disco Dancer introduced a new form of freeform dancing in Bollywood. It also turned actors like Mithun Chakraborty into icons, whose groovy moves to the bouncing synths, immortalised him as a dancing legend.


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