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Shravan Rathod, of Nadeem-Shravan Music Composer Duo, Dies of Covid-19 

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Photo Credit - Thakur Doultani with Kumar Sanu & Shravan (Nadeem Shravan fame), By Thakur Doultani, Licensed Under CC Attribution 4.0, Cropped, Resized, Colour Adjusted

Shravan Rathod, the veteran music composer of the Nadeem-Shravan duo, died in Mumbai on Thursday due to Covid-19 related complications. He was 66.

After testing positive for Covid-19, Rathod was admitted to Mumbai’s SL Raheja Hospital on Monday in a reportedly critical condition and was put on a ventilator.

According to the The Indian Express, Rathod, his wife and two sons tested positive for Covid-19 after returning from the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. While his wife and elder son are undergoing treatment at the Seven Hills Hospital, Andheri East, Mumbai, his younger son is in home isolation.

Nadeem Saifi, the other half of the music composer duo, told Bombay Times, “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 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.”

Nadeem-Shravan were known for their hit Hindi film compositions in the 90s. Best known for their work in Aashiqui, Saajan, Pardes, Raja HindustaniDilwale, Barsaat, Jeet, Raaz, the duo frequently collaborated with singer Kumar Sanu and came out with popular songs like Dil Hai Ki Maanta Nahin, Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke, and more.

However, the duo split in the mid-2000s, and later reunited to compose music for David Dhawan’s Do Knot Disturb in 2009.

Many celebrities took to Twitter to mourn Rathod’s death.

Actor Akshay Kumar wrote on Twitter: “Nadeem-Shravan created magic for many films in 90s and later, including Dhadkan that has remained legendary in my career.”

Actor-producer Ajay Devgn wrote: “Shravan (and Nadeem) walked 30 years alongside me in my career with the evergreen album for Phool Aur Kaante.”

Producer Boney Kapoor, who had worked with Rathod in films like Judaai and Sirf Tum, shared his condolences and wrote he shared some beautiful memories with the late composer.

Singer Shreya Ghoshal also expressed her shock over the news.

Veteran music composer AR Rahman, veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar, music composers Pritam and Salim Merchant also condoled Rathod’s death.

Rathod is survived by wife, Vimaladevi, and two sons, Sanjeev and Darshan.

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