Music director Aadesh Shrivastava dies of cancer

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Oct 22, 2015 09:30 IST
Aadesh Shrivastava was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 which he successfully overcame. (iamaadesh/Twitter)

Bollywood music director Aadesh Shrivastava succumbed to cancer early on Saturday in Mumbai's Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.

Shrivastava was hospitalised for nearly 44 days in Mumbai and was said to be in a critical condition. The composer was diagnosed with blood cancer back in 2010 and had successfully overcome it.

Shrivastava is survived by his wife, Vijeta Pandit, a former Bollywood actress and sister of music-composer duo Jatin- Lalit, and their two sons -- Anivesh and Avitesh.

"Terrible. Terrible. Terrible News. Too young to Go Aadesh Shrivastava," film director Anubhav Sinha tweeted.

Over the course of his career, Shrivastava had composed music for over 100 Hindi films, including Chalte Chalte, Baabul, Baghban, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Rajneeti and others.

Shrivastava delivered chart busters like Kya ada kya jalwe tere Paro, Haathon mein aa gaya jo kal, Sona sona, Shava shava, Gustakhiyaan, Gur nalon ishq mitha, Mora Piya among others.

He was a judge on the talent hunt show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge in 2005 and 2009.

Shrivastava took to direction with his short film on child prostitution -- Sanaa.

His colleagues from the industry, including Amitabh Bachchan and superstar Shah Rukh Khan, were keeping a check on his health.

"Amit ji (Amitabh Bachchan) has been keeping a check on his health regularly over phone. He has been very helpful.

Besides, Shah Rukh Khan had come to visit him too. Tina Ambani has visited him twice and she is also taking special care," Lalit had said.

"People from the music industry like Shaan, Sonu Nigam, Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan also have been visiting him regularly. Shekhar Kapur, Govind Nihalani, Poonam Dhillon and others had come to see him too," he had said.

Read: Thank you for the melodies, Aadesh Shrivastava

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