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 Hindustani, Dilwale, 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.
Deeply pained to hear of the demise of music Director Shravan. Have wonderful memories of working with him for the music of Judaai & Sirf Tum My heartfelt condolences to the family. RIP 🙏🙏🙏
— Boney Kapoor (@BoneyKapoor) April 22, 2021
Singer Shreya Ghoshal also expressed her shock over the news.
Shocked to hear the news of Shravan ji (of Nadeem Shravan) passing away. A genuine humble human being and one of the biggest composers of our music industry. Another huge loss in this pandemic. God give strength to the bereaved family. Rest in peace.
— Shreya Ghoshal (@shreyaghoshal) April 22, 2021
Veteran music composer AR Rahman, veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar, music composers Pritam and Salim Merchant also condoled Rathod’s death.
Our Music community and your fans will miss you immensely #ShravanRathod ji Rest in peace 🌺Respect and Prayers🌹🇮🇳
— A.R.Rahman #99Songs 😷 (@arrahman) April 22, 2021
My heart felt condolences to Shravan ji ‘ s family his partner and the whole music fraternity . We have lost a very talented composer and a wonderful person .
— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) April 23, 2021
Saddened to know that Shravanji of Nadeem Shravan has passed away. Feeling numb. When will this nightmare get over. My deepest condolences to his family. 🙏🏻
— Pritam (@ipritamofficial) April 22, 2021
Shravan bhai is no more🙏 My respects and condolences to his family.
Nadeem-Shravan have given us some of the biggest hits in the 90s.
Covid has taken so many lives. Don’t know when will this end…Really saddened by this news.
— salim merchant (@salim_merchant) April 22, 2021
Extremely saddened by the tragic news of legendary Music Composer Shravan ji’s (of Nadeem/Shravan fame) demise… He was not just an incredible composer but also possessed an ever loving soul & a beautiful heart.
May he rest in peace…🙏 pic.twitter.com/rEBI8zkfOb
— Adnan Sami (@AdnanSamiLive) April 22, 2021
Rathod is survived by wife, Vimaladevi, and two sons, Sanjeev and Darshan.