The ‘Ooh La La Tour’ Of The Evergreen Disco King Bappi Lahiri


Chicago IL : : Renowned Bollywood music director and singer Bappi Lahiri, popularly known as Bappida, performed live in concert at 9:00 pm, on Friday – August 24, 2012 at Copernicus Theater (Former Gateway Theater), 5216 West Lawrence Avenue Chicago, IL 60630 The magnificent Theatre was packed with a phenomenal number of people who attended this Concert. Bappi Lahiri, the heart-beat of Bollywood music and Cinema, who is a playback singer, mesmerized enthusiastic crowd for about 3.5 hour. Tickets for show ranged from $25, $35, $50, VIP and VVIP. Manpasand (Bhavna Modi) is national promoter and The Local promoter of Chicago show was Manpasand (Bhavna Modi), Payal Shah and Noor Tejany.

The concert was started as 9: 00 pm. After the warm up of the orchestra, Instrumental musical song started with and Purvi Dalvi sang ‘Aao Tumhen Chandpe Bichhaye.. Pyar Bhare Sapne Sajaye, Chhotasa Bangla Banae,Ek Nayi Duniya Basae’.

Alka sang, Satyam Shivam Sundaram-Ishwar Satyahai, Shiv Hi Sunder Hai, Jago, Uthkar Dekho, Jivan Jyot Magar Hai, Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram’
Sunny a young singer sang a song,’Ek Hasinathi, Ek Diwana Tha, Kya Ummar Thi, Kya Zamana Tha’ and Rup Tera Mastana, Pyar Mera Diwana’
Dipalika Chaudhari sang a song composed by Bappida,’Ratomen Jo Kuchh Naya Maza Hai, Kuchh Naya Naza Hai, Zum Zum Jara, Jo Khush Nasib Ho Jiski Bahomen Ho Koi Dancer, Zum zum Bahar. She is a 2010 Sare Ga Ma Champion and to respect NRI she came and sang, ‘Pardeshiyan Ye Such Hai, Piya Sab Kahate Hain Maine Tujhko Dil De Diya.

Then came Bappi Lahiri. Bappi Lahiri is a major force in the music industry with too many awards to list. His work has been well recognized in India and the world over says, “Stage and Bappida” are words which go hand in hand.” And he has proven that right with live shows all around the world.

Bappi Lahiri is a very popular music director in the Hindi film industry. He popularized the use of synthesized disco music in Indian cinema and sang some of his own compositions. He was popular in the 1980s with film-soundtracks for movies like Disco Dancer, Namak Halaal and Sharaabi among others. At a very early age, he had the ambition to become internationally famous. He began to play the tabla at the age of three. His maternal relatives include legendary singer Kishore Kumar. To sum up, music runs in his blood. He was the fittest musician for dancer-actor Mithun Chakraborty’s disco dance-based films. Mithun Chakraborty and Bappi Lahiri became synonyms of Indian disco culture in the 1980s.

In 2006, he lent his voice to another composer for the first time with the song “Boombai Nagariya” which he sang for Vishal-Shekhar for the movie Taxi Number 9211. Of late, he has once again lent his voice to the title track of the Mani Ratnam film Guru, composed by A.R.Rahman. He has recorded songs for the movie Level Crossing produced by actor Jayaprada. In 2006, he appeared on the popular television show ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’ Champs on Zee TV as co-judge with singers Alka Yagnik and Abhijeet. He was a judge for the 2007 edition of Zee TV’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa and Sony Entertainment Television’s K For Kishore reality show that aims to find the ‘heir apparent’ to Kishore Kumar. In 2010 Lahiri was back with “I am a disco dancer” in Golmaal 3 in his own voice. The track was from his previous film Disco Dancer. In 2011, he sang a superhit Ooo la la Ooo la la for the movie The Dirty Picture for composer Vishal-Shekhar, which cherishes his Disco image. As a matter of fact the current US tour of Bappi Lahiri can be called Ooh La La tour to celebrate the success of his super hit song. In 2011, he released album Walking On Love Street featuring American Idol winner Shaun Barrows. The album features on CMJ’s New Music Report Magazine charts, Week World Chart and WONY Oneonta, New York – Top Ten Jazz Playlist. His music had frequently returned back as remixed versions for the younger audience to enjoy. Bappi Lahiri is a complete entertainer and superstar with his multiple talents as a singer, music director, and percussionist. Bappi Lahiri has planned a grand celebration to mark the completion of 40 years in Bollywood in November 2012

He sang numerous songs like, ‘Dil Mein Ho Tum, Ankhomein Ho Tum, Bolo Tumhein Kaise Chahun,Puja Karu Sajda Karu Jaise Kaho Vaise Chahun’
‘Yad Aa Raha Hai Tera Pyar…… ‘ With Dipalika he sang, ‘Imtaha Ho Gayi Intazarki……’
‘Ulala- Ruthe Ho, Main Tujhse Ruthi Hun, Ulala Ulala, Chhunana Chhunana…’
Repeated same song with Dipalika Chaudhari. ‘Kisiki Nazarko Tera Intazar Aajbhi Hai….’ Page Ghngharu Mira Nachi Thi…’ ‘Thodisi Jo Pi Li Hai, Chori To Nahi Ki Hai…’ ‘De De Pyar De De Hamein Pyar De De….’
Rang Barse Bhigi Chunariya Rang Barse…..’ ‘Bambai Se Aya Mera Dost…’ With Dipalika-‘ Anganamen Baba, Dwearrpe Mein Kaise Aaun Tori….’ ‘AkeliHun Mein Balma Aaja Balma…’ ‘Tutak Tutak Tutiya, I Love You….’ ‘Sochna Kya, Jo Bhi Hoga Dekha Jayega, Kalke Liya Aajko Na Khona, Sathmein Ham Sab…’ ‘Pyar Manga Tumhise, Na Ekraar Karo…..’ ‘ Tamma Tamma Tumhi logone….’.

The thunderous applause received after each song rendition was a standing testament to his ever increasing popularity. He also entertained requests from his fans during the show

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Media Present; Pakistan News, TV Asia, Asian Media, Hi India, Chand Pardeshi
Mr. Chris Zala was MC.

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