My Shravan is no more, says Nadeem Saifi

My Shravan is no more, says Nadeem Saifi

For the last few days, veteran music composer, Shravan Rathod of the popular Nadeem-Shravan duo had been hospitalised after testing positive for COVID-19. He was admitted to a hospital in Mahim, Mumbai, after some complications in his case. The composer passed away late this evening at around 9.30 pm. His son, musician Sanjeev Rathod and Shravan’s wife are both admitted to another medical facility in Andheri, Mumbai. Shravan’s condition, according to news reports, was said to be critical for the last few days.

Talking to Bombay Times, composer Nadeem Saifi, the other half of the popular duo, confirmed the news, crying over the phone line. He said, “My Shanu is no more. We have seen an entire life together. We saw our highs, we saw our lows. We’ve grown up with each other in many ways. We never lost touch and no physical distance could ever separate the two of us. I am in deep pain as I say this but my friend and my companion, my partner of so many years is no more. It has left such a vacuum. I spoke to his son who was inconsolable. We had been in touch on a regular basis for the last several days when Shravan complained of ill-health and had to be moved to a hospital. Shravan’s wife and son are also unwell and are still in the hospital. I am feeling so helpless that I cannot be there physically for them, to help them and bid farewell to my friend.”

The 66-year-old composer was admitted to SL Raheja hospital in Mahim. It’s reported that he had other comorbidities. Doctors had kept him under observation in the ICU. He was reportedly on ventilator support in his last days. There was reportedly a heart enlargement. A team of physicians, cardiologists, a diabetologist and an intensivist were watching over his case. Lyricist and close friend Sameer Anjaan had previously told ETimes, “Shravan is diabetic and with this infection, his lungs have been totally infected. He has also developed heart issues, please pray to God almighty for his speedy recovery.”

Nadeem-Shravan had composed super-hit songs in Bollywood films during the 1990s. From Aashiqui, Saajan, Pardes to Raja Hindustani – the duo delivered several special albums.

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