Bollywood celebs and Hindi film music industry turned out in full force to bid adieu to their favourite music composer Aadesh Shrivastava who breathed his last at 12.30 am after putting up a spirited fight against blood cancer for 45 days. (PHOTOS: Big B, Anil Kapoor and others bid adieu to Aadesh Shrivastava; wife Vijayta and son are inconsolable)
The late composer’s body was kept inside his building compound for his friends and well-wishers to pay their last respects. The who’s who of the music industry from Sonu Nigam to Pandit Jasraj rushed to the late singer’s residence to pay their condolences to the Shrivastava family. (read: Music composer Aadesh Shrivastava dies after tough battle with cancer)
Heart-wrenching scenes were witnessed as Aadesh’s wife Vijeta, sons Avitesh and Anivesh wept inconsolably. Actress Ayesha Jhulka, singer Sonu Nigam and wife Madhurima and Lalit Pandit became their pillars of strength in the time of grief. (IN PICS: Aadesh Shrivastava dies of cancer, a look at his journey in the industry)
Aadesh’s body was taken to the crematorium post 1 pm where the last rites were done by his son Avitesh. Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, who had earlier dedicated a blog post to Aadesh Shrivastava, visited the family at the crematorium and spent 10 minutes praying for the departed soul. (Must read: Amitabh Bachchan expresses grief over Aadesh Shrivastava’s death)
Big B later embraced an inconsolable Vijeta and comforted her. Anil Kapoor too dropped by and was seen comforting Avitesh moments before the pyre was lit by the latter. (Also read: Bollywood mourns the death of Aadesh Shrivastava on Twitter)
Also spotted were Shekhar Kapur, Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Babul Supriyo, Abhijeet, Anees Bazmee, Sanjay Nirupam J.P Dutta, Shekhar Suman and others. (Aadesh Shrivastava: His simplicity enchanted music lovers)
While Bollywood biggies were conspicuous by their absence today at the funeral, many of them including SRK had visited Aadesh in the hospital.The Shrivastava family with folded hands thanked everyone who attended and prayed for the departed soul.
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Aadesh will forever be remembered not just for his melodious compositions but for his pleasing affable and invigorating nature that endeared him to one and all. Rest in Peace, Aadesh.