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August 25, 2009

Bappi Lahiri is another of India’s more famous Hindi film music composers. He seems to have thrived in the 70s and 80s, during which time he drew extensively upon western beats and music such as disco (see “Disco Bollywood” here) and early hip hop (see his adaptation of Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit” here).

However, despite how much he appears to have copied from popular western music, he did come up with some goodness of his own. I like this intro sequence to the 1980 film Saboot:

Here is his song “Dance Dance” from the film “Kasam Paida Karnewale Ki,” downloaded from, an interesting website that tracks news on the famous Dharavi “slum” area of Mumbai. (For more on slums here is an interesting article.)

Bappi Lahiri & Salma Agha, “Dance Dance”

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P.S. Highly recommended, though not related except for the fact that they are Indian and came up during my search, here is a video of a small person dancing, and a video starring Chiru (of Indian “Thriller” fame) which also features a great number of animals dancing incredibly.

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