Veteran music director-singer-lyricist Ravindra Jain, the genius who overcame his blindness to render lilting melodies and soulful tunes in several films including ‘Chitchor’ and ‘Ankhiyon Ke Jharokhon Se’, died today of multiple organ failure.
He was 71.
Jain breathed his last at 4.10 pm at Lilavati hospital due to multiple organ failure, family sources told . He is survived by his wife Divya and son Ayush.
Jain was shifted from Wockhardt Hospital in Nagpur few days back to Mumbai by a chartered air ambulance for treatment at Lilavati Hospital in Bandra.
The music composer was suffering from an urinary infection causing a problem in his kidney, sources said.
He was in Nagpur for a concert on Sunday, but could not participate because of his ill-health and was subsequently airlifted to Mumbai. He was kept in the ICU at Lilavati and was on ventilator.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of Jain, saying he will be remembered for his “versatile music and fighting spirit.”
Jain was also credited for bringing south Indian singing legend K J Yesudas to Hindi movies. The duo collaborated together in giving melodies like ‘Oo goriya re’, ‘Beeti hui raat ki’, ‘Gori tera gaon’ and ‘Jab deep jale aana.’
Jain, who remained undaunted by blindness to become one of the most successful composers, also gave music for hit films like ‘Chor Machaye Shor’ and ‘Geet Gaata Chal’in the 70s.
He was given a big break by Raj Kapoor, for whom he composed super hit songs in movies such as ‘Ram Teri Ganga Maili’, ‘Do Jasoos’, and ‘Henna’, which was directed by Randhir Kapoor.
During the 1980s and 1990s, Jain widely composed music for many mythological movies and television serials.