There’s Only One King of Disco, Bappi Lahiri


There’s Only One King of Disco, Bappi Lahiri

Illustration: Akshita Monga


remember reading an interview, not so long ago, where Bappi Lahiri declared that he created disco music in Bollywood. I wholeheartedly agreed. I mean, obviously, Donna Summer, ABBA, the Bee Gees, Boney M, and Saturday Night Fever pale in comparison to that vision in black and gold. As far as India is concerned, Bappi Da will always be the father of disco.

In fact, whenever someone so much as says the word “disco”, the first (and maybe even the only) thing that comes to my mind is “I am a Disco Dancer” (Disco Dancer). I am a big Bappi worshipper, so much so that I have a dedicated Bappi Lahiri playlist on my iPod, with “Yaar Bina Chain Kahan Re” (Saaheb) to “Ooh La La” (The Dirty Picture), and it helps me through traffic and workouts. Much as I love Michael Jackson, I’ll take “Jimmy Jimmy” over “Remember the Time” any day. That’s what three decades of listening to Bappi Da does to you.