I am a child of the 90s, so quite obviously I have nothing to do with the 80s – the era of Disco in India, the decade of the advent of the King of Disco, Bappi Lahiri; yet his popularity is such that regardless of what decade you belong to, you will be compelled to shake a leg or even tap your foot to the beat of his songs. And I have to confess, I did tap my foot every now and then.
Bappi Lahiri has given some hits like Disco Dancer, Jimmy Jimmy, Nache Nache, Pag ghungroo baandh meera naachi and the most recent being Oo la la Oo la la. And I am quite sure many of you will agree that atleast one of his songs are a few people's guilty pleasure. Considering this, the prospect of attending his concert seemed like a fun idea.
It was certainly fun, but it lasted only for a little while; I enjoyed the concert for a little while, but I guess the fun could only last for so long as I have a completely different taste in music. However, the majority of the crowd seemed to have a ball of a time with numerous people going up to the dance floor to 'boogie' to his hit numbers.
Bappi Da himself, came a little late, but seemed to throughly enjoy himself. He sang his most hit and famous number and even took requests from the crowd. He even sang a popular bengali number- sung and composed by him - which has recently been used in the hindi film Rowdy Rathore. He was dressed in gold galore and the crowd seemed to love it.
His band of musicians was a treat to listen to, giving Bappi Da perfect accompaniment. The big let down I would have to say would the female singer who accompanied Bappi Lahiri. She kicked of the concert to a disappointing start. Sadly, the singing was sub standard and she forgot the lyrics more than once.
Although Disco music isn't really my cup of tea, some of the songs did get me humming.