Legendary Music Composer Vanraj Bhatia Dies At 93
A legendary music composer Vanraj Bhatia has died at 93. He was ill and was in need of financial help from the last few months.
Bhatia's career started in composing ad jingles for brands like Liril, Dulux and Garden Vareli. His first film score was for Shyam Benegal's 1974 debut Ankur and also collaborated with Mr Benegal on several subsequent projects including Manthan.
Bhatia was the go-to composer for the New Wave directors; he worked on Tamas with Govind Nihalani, Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron with Kundan Shah, Viajaya Mehta's Pestonjee, and Aparna Sen's 36 Chowringhee Lane, and also in some mainstream movies like Ajooba and Damini.
He also composed music for some famous TV Shows like Wagle Ki Duniya, Khandaan, Yatra and
Ashoke Pandit, Farhan Akhtar and Smriti Irani penned down a heartfelt note on Twitter,
The film industry lost one of the very well known music composers Vanraj Bhatia. He was not well for quite some time.— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) May 7, 2021
His body of work has been a great inspiration to many .
Heartfelt condolences to the family of this great music maestro .
ॐ शान्ति !
RIP #VanrajBhatia .. apart from the many other brilliant musical works he created, I vividly remember the theme of ‘Tamas’ that started with a shriek so filled with anguish, it could send a chill up anyone’s spine and break anyone’s heart.— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) May 7, 2021
Shocked to learn about the passing away of Vanraj Bhatia. Wagle ki Duniya , Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, he leaves behind countless memories in his scores. My condolences to his loved ones & fans. ॐ शान्ति 🙏— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) May 7, 2021