Renowned Marathi film music director Dasharath Pujari passed away on Sunday in a Dombivli hospital, a day after his name was announced for the prestigious Chaturang Sangeet Samman. He was 79. Pujari is survived by two sons and three daughters. He had been battling cancer for the last few years.
The man who gave the music for the song known to every Maharashtrian, Keshava, Madhava, tujhya naamat re godava (O Keshava, Madhava, your name is sweetness), was named on Saturday for the Rs 75,000 award by the Chaturanga Pratishthan and the Mhaiskar Foundation for his contribution to music.
With lyricist Madhukar Joshi and singer Suman Kalyanpur, Pujari formed a trio famous for their bhavgeet (light vocal) and bhaktigeet (devotional song). Vasant Azgaonkar, who sang many of his songs, said Pujari was the first Marathi music director to use the classical base for bhavgeet and bhaktigeet.
Some years ago Pujari wrote an autobiography, Aajun tya zudapa maagun (Still from behind those bushes), named after a popular song of his.
Pujari’s condition deteriorated a fortnight ago. He was admitted a few days ago to the Indrayani Hospital. The end came about 12:45 am.
“It is a heavenly coincidence Dasharath Pujari died on Ramnavami,” Pravin Davane, well-known Marathi poet and lyricist, said. “His songs will keep his name alive for hundreds of years.”