The West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee conferred the 'Mahanayak Samman' upon Bapi Lahiri on the occasion of 36th death anniversary of the popular Bengali actor Uttam Kumar.
In addition, Bengali films “Bela sheshe” and “Shankhachil” were jointly awarded as the best Bengali films of the year. Paran Bandyopadhyay and Jishu Sengupta were also bestowed with best actor (male) award and Sohini Sarkar received the best actor (female) award. Critically-acclaimed filmmaker Goutam Ghose and director-actor Kaushik Ganguly were also honoured with the award for best director.
The 'Mahanayak' awards were instituted in 2012 by West Bengal Government in the memory of Bengali matinee idol Uttam Kumar who is revered as 'Mahanayak' (Great hero) in this part of India.
Bappi Lahiri popularly known as Bapi Da is credited for popularizing the use of synthesized disco music in Indian cinema. He also has a very distinctive voice, which is quite popular. He is regarded as the trend-setter during the 1980s and 1990s with Bollywood soundtracks such as Wardat, Disco Dancer, Namak Halaal, Dance Dance, Commando, Gang Leader, Sailaab and Sharaabi among others. Bappi Lahiri is also very fond of jewelry and is usually seen wearing ornaments and dark glasses with a tracksuit.