Actor Farhan Akhtar along with lyricist Prasoon Joshi and politician Smriti Irani and more expresses grief as Padma Shri awardee music composer Vanraj Bhatia passed away at the age of 93.
The legendary composer had won the National Film Award for Best Music for Govind Nihalani’s ‘Tamas’ in 1988 and the Padma Shri in 2012. He carved his niche with his distinct notes in the seventies and the eighties in the art cinema circuit.
Actor Farhan Akhtar took to his social media profile and shared, “RIP #VanrajBhatia .. apart from the many other brilliant musical works he created, I vividly remember the theme of ‘Tamas’ that started with a shriek so filled with anguish, it could send a chill up anyone’s spine and break anyone’s heart”
Expressing his grief, Prasoon Joshi shared, “Will always remember #VanrajBhatia as a very inspiring musician who constantly explored with his melodies and compositions. Recordings with him will replete with new learning. You will live on through your music”
Actor turned politician Smriti Irani tweeted about Vanraj Bhatia’s demise writing, “Shocked to learn about the passing away of Vanraj Bhatia. Wagle ki Duniya, Jaane Bhi do Yaaron, he leaves behind countless memories in his scores. My condolences to his loved ones & fans. Om Shanti “
Born on May 31, 1927, in Mumbai, Bhatia studied western classical music at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Paris Conservatory. He returned to India in 1959 and started working as a Reader in Western musicology at the University of Delhi.
He was also one of the pioneers of spiritual music with albums such as Bhagavad Gita and Anant. He had more than 7000 advertising jingles to his credit. In 1972, Bhatia composed the background music for his first Shyam Benegal film, ‘Ankur’.
His television show compositions included ‘Khandan’, ‘Tamas’, ‘Wagle Ki Duniya’, ‘Naqab’, ‘Lifeline’, and ‘Banegi Apni Baat’, but his most iconic compositions for television was for ‘Bharat Ek Khoj’.
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