Music director Vanraj Bhatia died at his residence in the city on Friday. He was 93 years old. Bhatia rose to fame playing music in an array of arthouse films in the 70s and 80s, such as “Ankur”, “Manthan”, “Bhumika”, “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro”, ” Mohan Joshi Haazir Ho! ” and “36 Chowringhee Lane”, as well as television shows “Wagle Ki Duniya” and “Banegi Apni Baat”. He was reportedly bedridden due to age-related issues. He hadn’t been well for a while now.
The composer won the National Award for his music in Govind Nihalani’s famous “Tamas” in 1988 and received the Padma Shri in 2012.
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta has taken to social media to mourn the loss. He wrote: “RIP Maestro”. while actor Farhan Akhtar wrote, “RIP # VanrajBhatia… aside from the many other brilliant musical works he has created, I vividly remember the theme of ‘Tamas’ which started with a scream so filled with anguish, it could send a shiver down anyone’s spine and break anyone’s heart.
Musician Ehsaan Noorani of the Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Trio wrote: “Farewell Vanraj Bhatia, one of India’s best songwriters… was happy to have known that you were working with you and that you were part of your music. There won’t be another you.
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