Veteran music composer Vanraj Bhatia passes away, Bollywood mourns the loss
Veteran music composer Vanraj Bhatia passed away at his residence in Mumbai on Friday. He was 93.
According to reports, the music director had not been well for a while now. He was bedridden due to age-related issues.
Bhatia rose to fame scoring music in an array of arthouse and middle-of-the-road films in the seventies and eighties, such as Ankur, Manthan, Bhumika, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, Mohan Joshi Haazir Ho! and 36 Chowringhee Lane, as well as TV shows Wagle Ki Duniya and Banegi Apni Baat.
The composer won the National Award for his music in Govind Nihalani's acclaimed Tamas in 1988 and was a recipient of the Padma Shri in 2012.
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta took to social media to mourn the loss. He wrote: "RIP Maestro."
Actor-Producer Farhan Akhtar wrote: "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."
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.— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) May 7, 2021
Musician Ehsaan Noorani of the Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio wrote: "Farewell Vanraj Bhatia one of India's finest composers … was glad to have known you worked with you and been part of your music. There will not be another you."
Farewell Vanraj Bhatia one of India’s finest composers … was glad to have known you worked with you and been part of your music ……. There will not be another you ….— Ehsaan Noorani (@EhsaanNoorani) May 7, 2021
Sharing the title track of Bharat Ek Khoj, writer, lyricist and comedian Varun Grover wrote, "One of the most beautiful soundtracks of our childhoods - composed by Vanraj Bhatia. Go well, sir. And thanks for all the music."