Music is truly universal and has no boundaries.
— Bappi Lahiri
My favourites are Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar and Mohammed Rafi. They are the four legends. I have worked with them in hundreds of songs.
Remixed songs in a way are helping the legendary songs revive their charm and reach out to the newer generations.
I visit Pune quite regularly; I simply love the city.
In India, women are respected the most. Mothers, wives, sisters, daughters.
I'm the only composer who has scored for two-three generation of actors. Be it for Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan or Dharmendra, Sunny Deol or Sunil Dutt, Sanjay Dutt - I have done it all.
What keeps an artiste going is the adulation of the masses.
I want to bring forth the historical significance of Sreerampur and turn it into a tourism hub.
People often complain that celebrities after joining politics are not seen once the polls are over. But I am not like them. I would work for development.
Gujarati is a very sweet language and I have always used elements from Gujarati songs in my music.
I still remember how we, all in the family, used to sit in front of the radio to listen to Ameen Sayani's programme of top 10 songs 'Binaka Geetmala' in which I was constantly ranked number one for many weeks.
I was the first Indian music composer to win the China Gold Award for 'Jimmy Jimmy' from 'Disco Dancer.' Adam Sandler repeated the song in his film 'Zohan.' 'Disco Dancer' is historical, as are 'Sharaabi' and 'Namak Halal.'
I have done 33 films in one year, for which I hold a Guinness Book World record. Plus I've done songs for all languages from Hindi to Malayalam, Punjabi to Telugu, and Kannada to Oriya.
I am the godfather of disco.
Bappi Lahiri has an image that the public wants to see.
For me politics is an opportunity to serve the country.
My first was a Hare Rama Hare Krishna pendant bought in 1976. The other pendants I wear are Balaji from Tirupati, a pendant of my guruji Shri Krishna and Lord Ganpati.
From Amitabh Bachchan to Ranveer Singh, I have sung for different generations of actors.
Everyone abroad knows me because of the songs 'Jimmy Jimmy Aaja Aaja' and 'I Am A Disco Dancer,' both from 'Disco Dancer.'
I want Bappa to be amongst the best music composers. My father was a great singer and I also did quite well and now my son would take forward the legacy, as music is in our blood.
Throughout my career I've never worried about who will be singing my song on the screen.
There is no lack of talent in our country.
There is a lot of talent in our slums.
Music is my soul and I can easily say, it is the secret of my youth.
No human being, or party can defeat me.
I feel very lucky that I got to work with Lata Mangeshkar, Asha didi and many more in the 1980s.
Way back before 1980, prior to 'Disco Dancer' breaking into the collective consciousness of filmgoers, I had come to Chennai to compose for a film called 'Suraksha.'
My father Apresh Lahiri and mother Bansari Lahiri were great composers of their time.
I'm Indian and proudly so.
I know I am where I am today by the grace of God.
I am a disco king.
I'm not an actor like Shah Rukh Khan, Amitji or Salman Khan. My magic lies in my music.
My image is that of the King of Gold.
I have rings of many different sizes and designs, mainly hip-hop, and an extensive bracelet collection.
People laugh at me, and that's fine. I laugh at myself, too.
There is only one Kishore Kumar, he was exceptional. No one can ever be like him.
Since his childhood, Bappa has observed me singing and practicing and is well aware of all sorts of recording and singing arrangements. I have a studio at my home, so whenever he needs my help I make sure I stand by him. I often sing for the tunes that he composes.
I don't sing for awards, I sing for rewards!
My favourite composers are Vishal Shekhar, AR Rahman, Shankar Ehsaan-Loy.
Our poor kids are very talented.
Original music is always appreciated.
Only god can defeat or destroy.
After 1999, I thought that I needed a break. As a senior composer, I didn't like the trend of three music directors working on a single film. But after a few quiet years, I was back for good.
Chennai is a lucky charm for me and I hold the city very close to my heart.
I owe 40 per cent of my success to films from the south like 'Himmatwala,' 'Toofan,' 'Mawaali,' 'Maqsad,' Tamil and Telegu films such as 'Big Boss,' 'Apurva Shar,' 'Gangleader,' etc. I salute the south for contributing immensely to my success.
If you come to my house in Kolkata, it is full of gold and platinum discs.
My father, Aparesh Lahiri, was a musician too, and at a very young age, I was geared up for a career in music.
I'm the original bling man of India!
If I become an MP I'll work for both Bollywood and Tollywood, specially for the old and out of work technicians. This is not an idle promise, Bappi Lahiri will keep his word.
Most of my jewellery is designed in South India. I pick out unique pieces in silver and then remake them in gold. None of my pieces are gifts; I make all my jewellery.