Shravan Rathod, of the legendary composer duo Nadeem-Shravan, has passed away due to COVID-19 at a Mumbai hospital on Thursday. He was aged 66.
The news of Shravan Rathod’s death was confirmed by his son, musician Sanjeev Rathod, reported news agency PTI:
“He passed away around 10:15 PM tonight. Please pray for his soul,” the grieving son was quoted as saying.
After testing positive for COVID-19, Shravan Rathod was admitted to Mumbai’s SL Raheja Hospital on Monday in a reportedly critical condition.
In conversation with a Mumbai daily, composer Nadeem Saifi, the other half of the popular duo, confirmed the news, crying over the phone line. He said:
“My Shanu is no more. We have seen an entire life together. We saw our highs, we saw our lows. We’ve grown up with each other in many ways.
We never lost touch and no physical distance could ever separate the two of us. I am in deep pain as I say this but my friend and my companion, my partner of so many years are 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.
I am feeling so helpless that I cannot be there physically for them, to help them and bid farewell to my friend.”
Nadeem Saifi and Shravan Rathod, who was popularly known as Nadeem-Shravan, were among the most sought-after composers of the 90s and early 2000s.
They composed some of the iconic hits as part of the soundtracks for movies such as Aashiqui (1990), Saajan (1991), Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993), Pardes (1997) and Raja Hindustani (1996), among others.
Nadeem-Shravan parted ways in the 2000s and reunited to compose for David Dhawan-directed Do Knot Disturb in 2009.