MUMBAI: Family, friends and prominent members from Bollywood bid a tearful adieu to legendary singer-composer Bappi Lahiri as he was cremated on Thursday afternoon.
The mortal remains of the ‘Disco King’ were taken in a truck decorated with flowers from his residence to Pawan Hans cremation ground for the last rites.
As Bappi Lahiri loved wearing gold chains and a pair of sunglasses, his family members did not forget to adorn him with his signature style for one last time.
A large number of people thronged the roads from where the cortege passed as Bappi Lahiri embarked on his final journey. His daughter Rema looked inconsolable in the funeral’s viral pictures and videos.
Bappi Lahiri’s mortal remains were consigned to the flames by his son Bappa, who returned with his wife and son from Los Angeles in the wee hours of Thursday.
Vidya Balan, Alka Yagnik, Shaan, Ila Arun, Lalit Pandit, Rupali Ganguly, and Mika Singh among others were present at the funeral to offer their condolences.
Bappi Lahiri, who heralded disco-pop and ruled the 70s and 80s with a string of foot-tapping songs in India, had developed a chest infection and was treated for the same earlier this year. He was discharged from the hospital on February 15. However, his condition worsened and was brought back to the hospital.
Unfortunately, he breathed his last at around 11.45 pm on Tuesday night.
Bappi Lahiri, 69, is no more, but his unique voice and legacy will continue to live in the hearts of people.
Rani Mukerji remembers Bappi Lahiri
Following the death of Bappi Lahiri at the age of 69, Bollywood actor Rani Mukerji, on Wednesday, remembered the music legend and shared that she “can’t help but think of all the memories.”
Speaking about Bappi Da’s demise, Rani said, “India has again lost one of her precious gems. Bappi uncle is and will always be the most iconic musical personality of Indian cinema. His music was legendary, his versatility as a composer was unmatched, a truly self-made man, a great son to his parents, a wonderful husband and a great dad.”
Revealing that her mother and Bappi Lahiri were childhood friends from Calcutta, she continued, “It’s a personal loss for our family, my mother is devastated. While the whole world mourns his loss, I can’t help but think of all the memories I have of him from my childhood, will miss him dearly. His smiling face and kind personality will always be a happy memory.”
She further talked about the late musician’s family and added, “I pray that Chitrani Aunty, Rema, Bappa and the entire Lahiri family finds the strength to go through this loss. It’s too sad, he went too soon. Bappi uncle rest in peace, the heavens have earned an angel today!!!”
Earlier, Rani’s cousin, actor Kajol, along with her mother-actor Tanuja and uncle Deb Mukerji, had visited Bappi Lahiri’s home to offer their condolences to his family.
For the unversed, Bappi Da passed away at the age of 69 in Mumbai’s CritiCare Hospital. His doctor Deepak Namjoshi informed that the hitmaker died on Tuesday night due to obstructive sleep apnea.
Bappi Da’s family has confirmed that the cremation ceremony of the singer will take place on Thursday morning.
Shilpa Shetty pays tributes
Actor Shilpa Shetty condoled the demise of late musician Bappi Lahiri by sharing a heartfelt note to pay her tributes on Wednesday.
Shilpa took to her Instagram handle and posted a monochrome picture of Bappi da on her Stories.
Along with that, she penned, “It’s extremely heartbreaking to hear that Bappi Da is no more. Nearly 5 decades of his musical legacy will remain with us for generations to come. May his soul rest in peace.”
“Heartfelt condolences to his family, loved one, and his fans. Om Shanti,” she added.
Bappi Lahiri breathed his last on Tuesday night. He was 69 when he passed away due to multiple health issues. He had earned the title of ‘Disco King’ for popularising the use of synthesized disco music in Indian cinema.
The cremation ceremony of the singer will take place on Thursday morning, his family confirmed. (ANI)