Shravan Rathod of Nadeem-Shravan fame dies of Covid-19, Bollywood remembers the music genius
The news of Shravan Rathod's death was confirmed by his son, musician Sanjeev Rathod
By Team NewsFile
Mumbai, April 23: Aisi Dewaangi, Tum Di Ki Dhadkan Mein, Sochenge Tumhe Pyar, Pardesi Pardesi and Dil Hai Ki Manta Ta Nahi – for the entire generation that grew up in the 90s, Nadeen-Shravan’s songs were a part of the daily life. But on Thursday, the 90s kids lost a part of their childhood when Shravan Rathod of Nadeem-Shravan fame died due to Covid-19 complications at SL Raheja hospital in Mahim, Mumbai.
Shravan dies of Covid-19
After testing positive for Covid-19, Shravan Rathod was admitted to Mumbai’s SL Raheja Hospital on Monday in a reportedly critical condition and died battling COVID-19 at a Mumbai hospital on Thursday. He was 66. The news of Shravan Rathod’s death was confirmed by his son, musician Sanjeev Rathod, reported news agency PTI: “He passed away around 10:15 PM tonight. Please pray for his soul,” he said.
After Shravan passed away, Nadeem broke down completely. Speaking to Bombay Times, Nadeem said, “I am in deep pain as I say this but my friend and my companion, my partner of so many years is no more. It has left such a vacuum.” Nadeem in an interview said that Shravan’s son and his wife, too, are unwell and are at the hospital.
Condolences pour in
Tributes from celebrities across Bollywood, flooded social media. Akshay Kumar remembered their collaborations together in the musical hit Dhadkan. “Very sad to know about the passing of music composer Shravan. Nadeem-Shravan created magic for many films in 90s and later, including Dhadkan that has remained legendary in my career. Deepest Condolences to his family,” the actor wrote.
Singer-composer Pritam wrote he felt numb hearing the news. “Saddened to know that Shravan ji of Nadeem Shravan has passed away. Feeling numb. When will this nightmare get over? My deepest condolences to his family.”
Singer Shreya Ghoshal remembered Shravan Rathod as a “humble human being” and “one of the biggest composers of our music industry”.
“Shocked to hear the news of Shravan ji (of Nadeem Shravan) passing away. A genuine humble human being and one of the biggest composers of our music industry. Another huge loss in this pandemic. God give strength to the bereaved family. Rest in peace,” tweeted Shreya Ghoshal.
Salim Merchant posted an emotional tweet. “Shravan bhai is no more. My respects and condolences to his family. Nadeem-Shravan have given us some of the biggest hits in the 90s. COVID-19 has taken so many lives. Don’t know when will this end… Really saddened by this news.”
Remembering Shravan and the 90s
The 90s Bollywood is incomplete without the musical journey of Nadeem-Shravan. The prolific Indian music director duo derives its name from the first names of the two principal composers, Nadeem Akhtar Saifi and Shravan Kumar Rathod. Nadeem–Shravan was one the most successful Bollywood music directors of the 1990s until the early 2000s. By using the classical musical instruments in a modern way without disconnecting them from their original value, their contribution is unique.
Nadeem-Shravan got their big break with Aashiqui (1990). The film made records in music sales and its music is hummed to the day. The Mahesh Bhatt film put the duo on the map as they went on to compose hits such as Saajan, Sadak and Phool Aur Kaante the next year. Albums such as Deewana, Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke, Raja, Agni Sakshi, Jeet, Pardes and Raja Hindustani followed. Nadeem-Shravan parted ways in the 2000s and reunited to compose for David Dhawan-directed Do Knot Disturb in 2009.