Bollywood celebrities like Lata Mangeshkar, Rishi Kapoor, Hema Malini and Paresh Rawal have mourned the tragic demise of renowned music director Ravindra Jain calling it a great loss to the music industry.
Jain died at the age of 71 following prolonged illness at a private hospital here on Friday, an aide said.
He had been suffering from kidney ailments since some time and had been admitted to The Wockhardt Super Specialty Hospital in Nagpur on Tuesday. Owing to his ill-health, he could not attend a scheduled music concert in the state’s second capital.
As there was little improvement in his condition, Jain was airlifted to Mumbai by his family on Wednesday and admitted in the ICU of Lilavati Hospital and kept on a ventilator.
Born blind on February 28, 1944, Jain started his musical career in the early 1970s and went on to compose some of the most memorable numbers in superhit movies like “Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se”, “Chitchor”, “Chor Machaye Shor”, “Geet Gaata Chal”, “Shyam Tere Kitne Naam”, “Ram Teri Ganga Maili”, “Henna”, among many others.
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B-Town took to social networking sites to express their grief:
Lata Mangeshkar: It’s a very sad news, great singer, poet Ravindra Jain ji passed away today. May his soul rest in peace.
Bahut dukh ki khabar abhi aayi hai, mahan sangeetkar,kavi,gayak Ravindra Jain ji ka aaj swargwas hua hai.Ishwar unki aatma ko shanti de.
— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) October 9, 2015
Rishi Kapoor: R I P. Ravindra Jain “Daddu”. Thank you for the lovely music. You did Henna for me.
R I P. Ravindra Jain “Daddu”. Thank you for the lovely music. You did Henna for me.
— rishi kapoor (@chintskap) October 9, 2015
Hema Malini: Just heard the shattering news that my beloved Dada,Ravindra Jain passed away today after falling sick at a concert in Nagpur. I am devastated. I’ve been closely associated with him for so many years! He has set lyrics and music for my dance ballets and we were in perfect sync.
Just heard the shattering news that my beloved Dada,RavindraJain passed away today after falling sick at a concert in Nagpur.I am devastated
— Hema Malini (@dreamgirlhema) October 9, 2015
Madhur Bhandarkar: Sad to know about the demise of #RavindraJain ji From Chor Machaye Shor to Heena ur contribution in Indian music will always be missed. RIP
Sad to know about the demise of #RavindraJain ji From Chor Machaye Shor to Heena ur contribution in Indian music will always be missed. RIP
— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) October 9, 2015
Shaan: One of the greatest creative geniuses! Ravindra Jain Ji lives on… in his songs…Music died a little today..
One of The Greatest Creative Geniuses!! Ravindra Jain Ji Lives on… In his Songs… Music died a little today..
— shaan (@singer_shaan) October 9, 2015
Salim Merchant: Genius composer Ravindra jain ji left us today… RIP
Genius composer Ravindra jain ji left us today… RIP
— salim merchant (@salim_merchant) October 9, 2015
Sona Mohapatra: Ramayana on TV, the songs of Chitchor, lyrics of Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se and so much more.. #Epic lifetime in music! Ravindra Jain. RIP
Ramayana on TV, the songs of Chitchor, lyrics of Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se & so much more.. #Epic lifetime in music! Ravindra Jain. RIP
— Sona Mohapatra (@sonamohapatra) October 9, 2015
Kailash Kher: Another Gem of our Music and Film industry Ravindra Jain has left us for his Spritual mahayatra, We Used to Call him Daddu. What a wonderful life he lived like King in this century, always showered his love n blessing on me even before my music days.. Proudly Sang many meaningful songs for him…Supremely talented n God sent soul he was.. Such people never die, they change Swaroop to be amongst us in the form of universe.. You were institutions of Art and Learnings.. Always in our heart.. RIP Daddu
Another Gem of our Music N Film industry Ravindra Jain has left us for his Spritual mahayatra, We Used to Call… http://t.co/2avjwZfwYI
— Kailash Kher (@Kailashkher) October 9, 2015
Vivek Agnihotri: RIP Ravindra Jain. “Ghungroo ki tarah, bajta hi raha hoon mein…’ Music never dies.
RIP Ravindra Jain. “Ghungroo ki tarah, bajta hi raha hoon mein…’ Music never dies.
— Vivek Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) October 9, 2015
Pritam: RIP Ravindra Jain. Very sad news. A Huge loss to the Indian music industry. We will miss you.
RIP Ravindra Jain. Very sad news. A Huge loss to the Indian music industry. We will miss you.
— Pritam (@ipritamofficial) October 9, 2015
Esha Deol: RIP dada Ravindra Jain Ji a legend who we were privileged to have in our time and dance to ur music! will miss u
RIP dada 🙏🏼Ravindra Jain Ji a legend who we were privileged to have in our time and dance to ur music! will miss u pic.twitter.com/z9MnkPprS4
— Esha Deol (@Esha_Deol) October 9, 2015
Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav also condoled the death of the legendary music composer, director, lyricist and singer.
In a condolence message, Ram Naik recalled the contribution of Jain to the music world and said he had carved a niche for himself by his hard work and talent. He also recalled Jain’s contribution in former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s live recording of “Qadam Milakar Chalna Hoga: Svarna Jayanti Sangeet Sandhya” and termed his demise as an irreparable loss to the music world.
Akhilesh Yadav too recalled Jain’s contribution to music and said that it was his immense talent that led to his being awarded the Yash Bharti award by the state government. Praying for peace to the departed soul, he also extended his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family in this hour of tragedy.
Ravindra Jain hailed from Aligarh district in Uttar Pradesh and enjoyed a huge following in the state. He was a regular visitor to the state.