A veteran music director, Aadesh Shrivastava, who passed away on September 5 in Mumbai, had all the makings for a true musician since schooldays. Born and brought up in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur district, Shrivastava went on to compose music for over 100 Hindi films.
His untimely demise at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Hospital left as pall of gloom in his hometown.
Going down the memory lane senior journalist, Pankaj Shukla, who was a classmate of the man who rendered several hit songs, including “Shava Shava” from Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and Mora Piya from Raajneeti, said, “Aadesh used to play drum in the dramas staged in the school. He started playing the drum when he was 12 year old and participated in inter-school competitions too.”
Srivastava, who left for Mumbai around 1977 had kept in touch with his buddies back home. “He used to share the stories of his struggle in the initial years in Bollywood…he faced stiff competition at every step,” Sharma recalled.
Shrivastava got his first big break with film Kanyadaan in 1993. Among the singers who sang in this movie was Lata Mangeshkar. But the film did not release, and the songs went unnoticed.
Same happened with ‘Jaane Tamanna’, but he bounced back with ‘Aao Pyaar Karein’ featuring ‘Haathon Mein Aa Gaya Jo Kal’. Friends recollect that Aadesh never deviated from his resolution once he took it. It was the reason behind his success in the tinsel town, they said.
Rajesh Mishra, one of founder members of the Polydor orchestra, where Shrivastava worked before moving to Mumbai, said: “Aadesh was younger to me and was a prominent member of the orchestra who used to play drum…He worked with the orchestra till 1977 when he got an opportunity to work in Mumbai,” he said.
“Whenever he visited Jabalpur, he used to meet his friends and have a chat with them for hours, sharing his experiences and the latest trends in music,” Mishra said, adding that he had to struggle hard as he had no godfather in Bollywood.
Aadesh was diagnosed with Multiple myeloma (cancer of the plasma cells) in December 2010 and went through chemotherapy.
He died at 12.30 am, at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute in Mumbai, on September 5, having been in a coma during his 51st birthday.