Aadesh Shrivastava, a popular Indian music composer, succumbed to cancer in Mumbai's Kokilaben Hospital on 5 September. In the course of his 22-year-long career in Bollywood, Shrivastava composed music for various hit films like Baghban (2003), Chalte Chalte (2003), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2003), Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein (2001) amongst others.
The Mora Piya singer was diagnosed with blood cancer in 2010 but overcame the disease. However, he suffered a relapse a few months back and was fighting it with courage. His family was even seeking help from a Tibetan monk to cure him.
Shrivastava sang his first song with Lata Mangeshkar in 1993 for a film called Kanyadaan. However, the film never got released and his singing talents went unnoticed. The film that introduced him to movie-goers was Aao Pyaar Karen (1994). Starring Saif Ali Khan, Shilpa Shetty and Somi Ali, the film had a song 'Haathon Mein Aa Gaya Jo Kal...', that went on to become a great chart buster.
His other memorable songs include:
Kya Ada Kya Jalwa Tere Paro - Shastra
Shava Shava - Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
Yeh Hawayein - Bas Itna Sa Khwab Hai
Mora Piya - Raajneeti
Shrivastava was a judge in a popular singing reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge in 2005 and 2009.
In 2005, he made a short film Sanaa, based on child prostitution. He had worked closely with international stars like Akon, Julia Fordham, Shakira, T-Pain, Wyclef Jean amongst others.
He also composed a song for Anees Bazmee's recently released Welcome Back (2015). He is survived by his wife Vijeta Pandia and two sons - Anivesh Shrivastava and Avitesh Shrivastava.
May his soul rest in peace.