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Anuradha Paudwal: I don’t think there is a single person who does not like Bappi Da’s music – Times of India

Bappi Lahiri’s sudden demise has saddened the entire nation and messages of condolences have been pouring in from all sides on social media.

We got in touch with Anuradha Paudwal, who shared a close bond with the singer-composer. She said, “It is generally seen when one good soul departs, like somebody like Lata ji… all the good people go together.”

Sharing his memories with us, Anuradha stated, “I have thousands of memories of Bappi da. Arjun (Paudwal) ji was an assistant to him. So for ‘Namak Haram’, and all these Sridevi’s movies, Arun ji has always been his assistant. So we would often visit Bappi da’s residence. His family was like an extended family to us. Before Arun ji passed away, he said ‘Anuradha, never think that you are alone. This is also our family.”

“Bappi da was a genuine person, a great lover of food. He spoke to everyone with love, he would never speak ill of anyone or raise his voice at anyone. He was very dependable, you could always count on him,” she added.

Recalling one incident, Paudwal shared, “When Madhuri Dixit‘s ‘Tamma Tamma‘ was being made, he churned out the song so quickly, the recording was done within 24 hours. It was such a big hit not just 35 years ago, but even now when it was remade for ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’. His music was ageless, it did not belong to a certain era. Even if he sang recently, it felt so pleasant.”

She went on to add, “He was a rockstar in the real sense of the term – his appearance, his body language, his music. He has conquered the entire South with his music. It was incredible. Even now, if he sang on stage, people enjoyed his music. I don’t think there is a single person who does not like Bappi da’s music. He was a darling of everyone.”

“He was very accommodating, he did not have any air of a celeb. Such people are rare. There are big artists, and big names, but along with that, he was a humble human being. He was always game for anything, never said no to anyone. I will remember him as a gem of a person,” Anuradha concluded.

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