Composer Aadesh Shrivastava dies of cancer, B-Town celebrities at funeral (Roundup)

Mumbai, Sep 5 (IANS) Bollywood music composer and singer Aadesh Shrivastava, who was battling cancer for the last five years, passed away here on Saturday, a day after he turned 49. He is survived by his wife Vijayata Pandit and two sons – Anivesh and Avitesh.

“Aadesh passed away at 12.30 a.m.,” his brother-in-law and music composer Lalit Pandit, from the Jatin-Lalit duo, told IANS.

Shrivastava’s cremation took place at the Oshiwara Crematorium here on Saturday afternoon. Bollywood celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Sonu Nigam and Alka Yagnik, Pandit Jasraj, Udit Narayan, Javed Ali, Kunal Ganjawala, Ismail Darbar, Shekhar Kapur and Anees Bazmee were present at the funeral.

Amitabh, who was known to be a close friend of Shrivastava, said that he has lost his music with the death of the music composer.

The actor posted on his official blog: “Aadesh Shrivastava passed away…I lived my music with him…I live without him now… and perhaps my music too”.

Amitabh, who has featured in films like “Baabul” and “Baaghban” – for which Shrivastava composed music – was seen consoling Vijayata Pandit at the funeral.

The composer, who earlier battled with cancer in 2010, was undergoing treatment in Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute here for over 40 days after his cancer relapsed for the third time.

Many other celebrities from the film and music industries including Lata Mangeshkar, Rishi Kapoor, Anupam Kher, Satish Kaushik, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar and Kailash Kher took to Twitter to offer their condolences over Shrivastava’s tragic demise.

Known for his compositions for films like “Chalte Chalte”, “Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham” and “Raajneeti”, he was also popular for singing songs such as “Sona sona”, “Shava shava” and “Mora piya”.

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