By Chaitanya Padukone
Still haven’t come to terms with composer Shravan (Nadeem-Shravan) untimely exit into immortality. Seriously, dil hai ke–bilkul-maanta nahin’ – that you are no more! Down-to-earth, soft-spoken, spiritually-inclined yet musically-gifted Shravan Rathod, of chartbusting music composer Nadeem-Shravan duo fame, died of severe Covid-19 related complications on Thursday night. The devout Shravan had apparently “returned from his teerth-yaatra to various other spiritual locations culminating with Kumbh Mela with his wife a few days ago, and had complained of breathlessness on returning. Both of them tested positive for corona virus”, as disclosed now by Shravan’s composer son Sanjeev.
The distressed Sanjeev also lamented, “We had never thought our family would have to go through such tough times, my father passed away, I am also Covid positive and so is my mother. My brother Darshan is also positive and is in home isolation. But since our father passed away he was allowed to do the final procedures to do the antim sanskaar (final cremation rites) for our beloved father”.
The 66-year-old composer Shravan whose father Pandit Chaturbhuj was a popular music-teacher known as ‘Guruji’) shared a friendly professional music-centric rapport with me (along with partner Nadeem) over the past three decades. In fact, Shravan was a staunch Krishna-bhakt and would attend Janmashtami ceremony with his family at the Juhu ISKCON Temple. When I met him at the Krishna temple, Shravan said, “It’s just divine blessings and the loyal love of our fans that keep me going ahead in life”, as he hugged me.
During the 90s, I used to often meet Shravan and Nadeem at their sitting room. Previously when they started off, both Shravan and Nadeem used to stay in Mumbai Central area. It was an ecstatic joy to see them jamming together, with Shravan playing the harmonium, Nadeem playing bongo-drums with his agile fingers or he would also play the piano. Although they had contrasting personalities, both complemented each other with their catchy melody-sense and rhythm-wizardry. They were supported by genius music-arranger Naresh Sharma who assisted them.
The quite-often shy-introvert Shravan used to share with me, “We always try to incorporate traditional Indian instruments and folk-music along with fast-paced or soothing romantic songs which has been our forte. Like for instance the foot-tapping ‘Sochenge Tumhe Pyar’ (Deewaana) has sitar-notes as fillers and interludes all through.” revealed the composer. ‘Saanson ki zaroorat hai jaise, zindagi ke liye’ – cruel destiny snatched composer Shravan’s breath away—forever! RIP.
Nadeem-Shravan’s Top Ten evergreen filmy albums:
- Phool Aur Kaante
- Hum Hain Raahi Pyar Ke
- Dil Hai Ke Maanta Nahin
- Raja Hindustani
The writer of this tribute-article Chaitanya Padukone is an eminent senior film-journalist and author of memoirs book ‘R D BurMania’.