Shillong Chamber Choir founder and famous music composer Neil Nongkynrih died at a hospital in Mumbai right this moment after a short sickness, Choir officers stated. He was 51.
Uncle Neil, as he was fondly recognized to all, was admitted to Mumbai’s Reliance Hospital on Tuesday. “He handed away right this moment after a surgical procedure,” a spokesman for the group informed information company PTI. Neil Nongkynrih was in Mumbai for the previous three months for work with the complete Choir.
“It’s with deep sorrow that we, the members and administration of the Shillong Chamber Choir, announce the demise of our beloved founder and music director, Mr Neil Nongkynrih,” the Choir stated in a press release.
“Uncle Neil was the life power of our world, a towering persona whose music, by the choir he so fondly nurtured, reached the ears of Presidents, Prime Ministers, Ambassadors, and a number of the greatest names within the worlds of sports activities, tradition, enterprise, music, and movie,” it stated.
“In 2010, he led his choir to win India’s Acquired Expertise, catapulting the little Shillong unit to nationwide and worldwide stardom. In 2015, he was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award.” The win catapulted the group to worldwide fame. The identical yr, they carried out for former US President Barack Obama and his spouse Michelle Obama throughout their India go to. The Choir’s rendition of “Vande Mataram” was performed through the telecast of Chandrayaan II’s launch.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in mourning Neil Nongkynrih.
“Mr. Neil Nongkynrih was an excellent mentor to the Shillong Chamber Choir, which enthralled audiences globally. I’ve additionally witnessed a few of their very good performances. He left us too quickly. His creativity will at all times be remembered. Condolences to his household and admirers. RIP,” PM tweeted.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma tweeted: “I’m saddened past phrases by the sudden demise of Padma Shri Neil Nongkynrih, founding father of the well-known Shillong Chamber Choir. He was a mentor to the nation’s best choir that serenaded crowds wherever they carried out. We’ve got misplaced a gem right this moment.”
“With a heavy coronary heart we mourn the lack of one of many legends of Meghalaya, Shri Neil Nongkynrih. His music had the facility to carry pleasure within the darkest instances. His contribution in discipline of music is unparalleled. He lives on with the Shillong Chamber Choir,” Trinamool Congress’ Meghalaya unit wrote on Twitter.