Puppy Lahiri is an Indian musician who is famous for his extensive use of integrated disco music in his compositions. On February 16, 2022, he breathed his last at a hospital in Mumbai.
Wiki / Biography
Puppy Lahiri was born on Thursday, November 27, 1952 (Age 69 years; At the time of deathIn Sirajganj (now Jalpaiguri, West Bengal) in Bangladesh. His zodiac sign is Sagittarius.
Height (approximately): 5 ′ 4
Weight (approximately): 95 kg
Eye color: Brown
Hair color: Black
Family & Caste
He was born into a Bengali Hindu family and belonged to the Parendra Brahmins of the Chandilya Godhra.
Parents & Siblings
His father, Aparesh Lahiri, was a well-known Bengali singer. His mother, Bansari Lahiri, was a musician and he trained in classical music and Shyama music. Puppy is the only child of his parents.
Relationships, spouse and children
He married Chitrani Lahiri on 24 January 1977. He has two children, daughter Rema Lahiri, a singer, and son Baba Lahiri, a music arranger.
He made his debut as a composer with the Bengali film ‘Thadu’ (1974). His first Hindi film as a composer was ‘Nanha Shikari’ (1973). He came to light with the Bollywood film ‘Jagmi’ (1975). He has worked as a composer and singer in various Hindi films like ‘Salte Salte’ (1976), ‘Disco Dancer’ (1982), ‘Namak Halal’ (1982), ‘Sharabi’ (1984), ‘Dharma Karma’. 1997), ‘Taxi no. 9211 ‘(2006),’ The Dirty Picture ‘(2011), and’ Badrinath Ki Dulhania ‘(2017).
He has composed over 5000 songs in various languages like Hindi, Kannada, Telugu and Oriya. Some of his most popular songs are from ‘Saheb’ (1999) ‘Yaar Bina Chain Kaha Re’, ‘Disco Dancer’ (1982) from ‘I Am A Disco Dancer’ and ‘Namak Halal’ (1982) from ‘Aaj Rabat Join’. , ‘Namak Halal’ (1982) from ‘Raat Baki’, ‘Sharabi’ (1984) from ‘Tede Pyar Te’, ‘Thanedar’ (1990) from ‘Thamma Dhamma’ and ‘Oh La La’ from The Dirty Picture. (2011).
He has composed and sung in many Kannada films, including ‘Afrikadally Sheela’ (1986), ‘Krishna Nee Begane Baro’ (1986), ‘Police Cow Dada’ (1991), and ‘Guru’ (1989). ‘Simhasanam’ (1986), ‘State Rowdy’ (1989), ‘Rowdy Inspector’ (1992), and ‘Punya Bhoomi Na’ (1995) are some of his Telugu films as a composer and singer. He has composed music for many Tamil films such as ‘Rare Brothers’ (1983), ‘Singing Sky’ (1985), ‘Sheila in East Africa’ (1987). He dubbed for the role of ‘Tamadova’ in the Hindi film ‘Mona’ (2016) dubbed in Hindi. In 2017, he dubbed the Hindi version of the Hollywood movie ‘Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle’ starring Hollywood actor Elton John.
According to the 2019 estimate, his net worth is around Rs. 20 crores ($ 3 million USD), and he has about Rs. 8-10 lakhs for a song.
He died on 16 February 2022 due to OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) at Criticare Hospital, Mumbai. He was discharged a day before he died from the hospital where he had been receiving treatment for a month. However, his health deteriorated and he was again admitted to the hospital.
Facts / Trivia
- His full name is Alokesh Puppy Lahiri.
- Legendary Indian singer Kishore Kumar is his maternal uncle.
- He started playing the tabla at the age of three and was proficient in playing other instruments such as piano, drums, guitar, saxophone, pongos, and tolak.
- His fans call him ‘Puppy Da’.
- His disco songs are very popular in India and he is also known as ‘Disco King’.
- Guinness World Record holder for 33 films in a single year.
- One of the most famous composers in India. In an interview, he said,
I was the first Indian composer to win the China Gold Award for Jimmy Jimmy from Disco Dancer. Adam Chandler sang the song again in his movie Johan. Disco dancers like Sharabi and Namak Halal are historically significant. I started the disco in the Mithun Emperor’s Suraksha movie in the 1980s, where he danced like John Travolta. I have worked with Apache Indian and Boy George. I gave a Bollywood break to Samantha Fox as a couple with Govinda.
- From 1983 to 1985, he composed music for 12 super hit Friday Festival films starring veteran Bollywood actor Jeetendra.
- Puppy was one of the few who met Michael Jackson during his 1996 tour of India.
- On January 31, 2014, he joined the BJP in the presence of then BJP national leader Rajnath Singh. He contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in Srirampur (Lok Sabha constituency) but lost to Kalyan Banerjee of the All India Trinamool Congress.
- In 2002, some lyrics from his song ‘Thoda Resham Lakta Hai’ were added to the English song “Addictive” by American R&B singer ‘Truth Hurts’. The publishers of the original composer sued Saregama India Limited, Interscope Records and its parent company Universal Music Group for not paying more than $ 500 million to the original composers and singers for their song. Later, Bobby Lahiri was listed on the credit of the song.
- He also appeared as a judge on various reality TV shows such as “Sa Re Ka Ma Ba Lil Champs” on Zee TV in 2006, “Sa Re Ka Ma Ba Ba Challenge” in 2007 and “Gay for Kishore” on Sony TV. In 2007.
- In 2008, he composed music for Shah Rukh Khan’s Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.
- In 2018, he was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award at the 63rd Filmfare Awards.
- He was very interested in gold and sunglasses and he would often say ‘Gold is my God’. In an interview, he shared the reason for wearing so much gold.
My mother gave me this Hare Krishna Hare Ram medal after my first film became a hit. The locket around my throat is meant to protect my throat. Elvis Presley, the famous singer in Hollywood, wore gold chains. I am a huge follower of Presley. I thought that if one day it succeeds, I will create a different kind of image. By the grace of God I was able to do it with gold. People used to think, this is just a way to express. But that is not the case. Gold is my luck. “