Vanraj Bhatia, the legendary music composer, died at the age of 93. On Friday morning, Twitter was filled with tributes.
Farhan Akhtar tweeted: “RIP Vanraj Bhatia. 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.” Union Minister Smriti Irani wrote, “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 and fans. Om Shanti.”
Producer Ashoke Pandit tweeted, “The film industry lost one of the very well known music composers Vanraj Bhatia. He was not well for quite some time. His body of work has been a great inspiration to many. Heartfelt condolences to the family of this great music maestro.”
For the last few months, Vanraj Bhatia was sick and in need of financial assistance. Mr Bhatia was reliant on donations from friends and well-wishers, according to musician Ehsaan Noorani, who posted on Facebook in February.
Vanraj Bhatia started his illustrious career as a jingle composer for companies such as Liril, Dulux, and Garden Vareli. His first film score was for Shyam Benegal’s explosive debut Ankur, released in 1974. He worked with Mr Benegal on a number of projects after that, including Manthan.
Check out the tweets below: