Musician who introduced Yesudas to Hindi movies dies

Ravindra Jain dies due to multi-organ failure at a hospital in Mumbai

Mumbai: Veteran music director-singer-lyricist Ravindra Jain, the genius who overcame his blindness to render lilting melodies and soulful tunes in several films including Chitchor' and 'Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se, died on Friday of multiple organ failure. He was 71. Jain breathed last at 4.10 pm at Lilavati hospital due to multiple organ failure, family sources said. He is survived by his wife Divya and son Ayush.

Jain was shifted from Wockhardt Hospital in Nagpur few days back to Mumbai by a chartered air ambulance for treatment at Lilavati Hospital in Bandra. The music composer was suffering from an urinary infection causing a problem in his kidney, sources said.

He was in Nagpur for a concert on Sunday, but could not participate because of his ill-health and was subsequently airlifted to Mumbai. He was kept in the ICU at Lilavati and was on ventilator.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of Jain, saying he will be remembered for his “versatile music and fighting spirit.”

Jain was also credited for bringing south Indian singing legend K.J. Yesudas to Hindi movies. The duo collaborated together in giving melodies like Oo goriya re..., Beeti hui raat ki.., Gori tera gaon... and Jab deep jale aana...’

Jain, who remained undaunted by blindness to become one of the most successful composers, also gave music for hit films like Chor Machaye Shor and Geet Gaata Chal in the 70s.

He was given a big break by Raj Kapoor, for whom he composed super hit songs in movies such as Ram Teri Ganga Maili, Do Jasoos, and Henna, which was directed by Randhir Kapoor.

During the 1980s and 1990s, Jain widely composed music for many mythological movies and television serials. The Bollywood fraternity in their condolence message hailed Jain as a “genius composer”. “R I P. Ravindra Jain “Daddu”. Thank you for the lovely music. You did 'Henna' for me,” said film star Rishi Kapoor.

( Source : PTI )
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