Kolkata: Popular music director Bappi Lahiri has been appointed the goodwill ambassador of UNESCO Nepal's “Education For All” in a unique honour. The Chief Patron of National Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Association of Nepal, Vinod Khetawat, said he appreciated the hit song maker's gesture.
“We feel Bappi Lahiri's words will be accorded the highest importance as Nepal has always held the singer in high esteem. We are glad he accepted our proposal,” Khetawat said. Lahiri told PTI he felt honoured by the appointment and was glad to know that his compositions were liked by the people of Nepal.
“Every child should be given the right to education. Literacy is the foundation stone on which developing nations will grow and emerge. I am positive that my words will make a difference in the lives of millions of children.” Lahiri, also known as “disco king” for the hit music he had composed for a Hindi film “Disco Dancer” and other movies in the late 80s, has given tunes to over 5,000 songs in over 500 films in Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi, Bhojpuri, Assamese and Odiya.
The music director recently joined politics. Last month he was inducted into the BJP by party chier Rajnath Singh.