By Chaitanya Padukone
I still haven’t come to terms with the composer Shravan (Nadeem-Shravan), who is prematurely immortal. Seriously, dil hai ke-bilkul-maanta nahin ‘- that you are no longer! The down-to-earth, softly spoken, spiritually inclined and yet musically gifted Shravan Rathod from the duo of the music composer Nadeem-Shravan died on Thursday evening of serious complications related to Covid-19. The pious Shravan had apparently “returned from his Teerth-Yaatra to various other spiritual places which culminated in Kumbh Mela with his wife a few days ago and complained of shortness of breath on his return. Both tested positive for corona virus, ”as Shravan’s composer son Sanjeev has now revealed.
The desperate Sanjeev also complained: “We would never have thought that our family would have to go through such difficult times, my father has died, I am also positive for Covid and so is my mother. My brother darshan is also positive and is in domestic isolation. But since our father passed away, he has been allowed to go through the final procedures to perform the antim sanskaar (final cremation rites) for our beloved father. “
The 66-year-old composer Shravan, whose father Pandit Chaturbhuj was a popular music teacher named “Guruji”, had a friendly, professional, music-oriented relationship with me (together with partner Nadeem) for the past three decades. In fact, Shravan was a staunch Krishna Bhakt and attended the Janmashtami ceremony at Juhu ISKCON Temple with his family. When I met him in the Krishna temple, Shravan said, “It is only divine blessings and the faithful love of our fans that help me advance in life” as he hugged me.
In the 90s, I often met Shravan and Nadeem in their living room. Previously, when they started, both Shravan and Nadeem stayed in the Mumbai Central area. It was an ecstatic pleasure to see them jamming together, with Shravan playing the harmonium, Nadeem playing bongo drums with his agile fingers or he also playing the piano. Although they had contrasting personalities, they both complemented each other with their catchy melodic sense and rhythm wizardry. They were assisted by the genius music arranger Naresh Sharma who assisted them.
The often shy and introverted Shravan shared, “We always try to incorporate traditional Indian instruments and folk music along with fast-paced or calming romantic songs, which has been our strength. Like, for example, foot-tapping ‘Sochenge Tumhe Pyar’ (Deewaana) has sitar notes as fillers and interludes. “Revealed the composer. “Saanson ki zaroorat hai jaise, zindagi ke liye” – the cruel fate tore the composer Shravan’s breath away – forever! REST IN PEACE.
Nadeem-Shravan’s Top Ten Evergreen Movie Books:
- Phool Aur Kaante
- Hum Grove Raahi Pyar Ke
- Dil Hai Ke Maanta Nahin
- Raja Hindustani
The author of this tribute article, Chaitanya Padukone, is an outstanding film journalist and author of the memoir book ‘RD BurMania’.