Coronavirus update: Composer Shravan Rathod dies of COVID-19

Rathod and his wife had attended the Kumbh Mela a few days before testing positive for the virus.

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Music composer Shravan Rathod, one half of the iconic duo Nadeem-Shravan, died last night due to COVID-19 in a hospital in Mumbai. He was 66.

His son Sanjeev told the news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) on Thursday night, “He passed away around 10.15 pm. Please pray for his soul.” 

Rathod and his wife had attended the Kumbh Mela a few days before testing positive for the coronavirus. Both of the composer's sons are also COVID-19 positive. Speaking to the ABP News channel, Sanjeev said, "My father had gone to the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar for darshan."

Rathod had been admitted to SL Raheja Hospital on Monday.

Nadeem-Shravan began composing music in the 1980s. The duo first received attention for their work in Baap Numbri Beta Dus Numbri (1990). But their big breakthrough came later that year with Mahesh Bhatt’s Aashiqui (1990) whose songs went on to become evergreen hits. 

The duo continued to go from strength to strength with their music featuring in hits such as Saajan (1991), Phool Aur Kaante (1991), Jaan Tere Naam (1992), Deewana (1992), Damini (1993), Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993), Raja Hindustani (1996) and Pardes (1997).

But the pair received a blow in 1997 when Gulshan Kumar, the founder of the music label T-Series and a film producer, was gunned down in broad daylight by the underworld. Rathod's partner, Nadeem Saifi, was accused as a conspirator and he fled to London soon after. After unsuccessful attempts to extradite him to India, Saifi settled in Dubai.
The duo, however, continued doing what they did best despite residing in different countries. Their last film before their split was the Akshay Kumar and Bobby Deol-starrer Dosti: Friends Forever (2005). 

Speaking to the 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. I spoke to his son who was inconsolable. We had been in touch on a regular basis for the last several days when Shravan complained of ill-health and had to be moved to a hospital. Shravan’s wife and son are also unwell and are still in the hospital.” 

Several figures from the world of Hindi cinema have taken to social media to pay their respects to the legend and hail his legacy. 

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