The man who penned unforgettable Marathi songs such as Sakhi Mand Jhalya Taraka, Disalis Too Phulale Rutu and Phite Andharache Jaale, Sudhir Moghe, succumbed to prolonged illness on Saturday in the city. He was 75. He is survived by wife Dr Shubhada Moghe and an elder brother, veteran actor Shrikant Moghe.
The last rites were performed at Vaikunth crematorium on Saturday evening. Among those who attended the funeral were Marathi film director Raj Dutt, anchor Sudhir Gadgil, composer Anand Modak, actor Rahul Solapurkar, vocalist Raghu Nandan Panshikar, poet Sangeeta Barve, Sanjay Kirloskar, Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad’s Sunil Mahajan and Prakash Paigude.
The veteran poet and lyricist will be remembered for his irreplaceable contribution towards Marathi ‘Bhavgeet’ — a genre of music he and his contemporaries made popular. Moghe had also forayed into the world of paintings recently and exhibited his works at various art galleries in the state.
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“He had suffered a major stroke due to thrombosis of a cerebral vessel about a month ago. He never really recovered since, being shifted from the intensive care to the ward and back. Around 36 hours ago, he had contracted pneumonia,” said Dr Dhananjay Kelkar, medical director of Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital where he was being treated. Dr Kelkar, who has been associated with Moghe for some years now, said, “But even before contracting pneumonia, as it became evident to the poet that he would not be able to live an independent life due to the impact of the stroke.”
Dr Kelkar said while family members, associates from the music industry and drama industry were always about the hospital for the past one month,fans and friends came together at the hospital on Saturday.
Moghe’s songs were rendered by the likes of Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Hemant Kumar, Sudhir Phadke, Anuradha Paudwal and Suresh Wadkar.
Born on February 8, 1939, at Kirloskarwadi, Moghe had come to Pune for higher education. In the 80s, he started his literary career as anchor of a programme called Aapali Awade. Throughout his career as a poet, Moghe wrote lyrics for numerous memorable songs and his last body of works include lyrics for Mrunal Kulkarni-directed film Rama Madhav. Moghe had also recently taken to painting and an exhibition of his works inspired by poetry had been organised.
Poet Sandeep Khare said, “He was the most positive person I came across in my life. He used to help many artistes with their work, specially in getting their works published.” Khare recalled that the two had gone to Kolhapur to study together and would end up chit-chatting most of the time. “Whenever I would feel low about something, I would call him and speak to him about it. Even without giving any advice, he made me feel better,” he added.
Film critic and executive president of the Federation of Film Society of India’s Maharashtra Chapter, Virendra Chitrav said, “Moghe was a poet who understood heritage, respected traditional poetry and strived to create something new. He was one of the best poets of his generation and revolutionised Marathi film industry with his songs. We have lost a dynamic personality.”