Bollywood Music Composer Aadesh Srivastava lost his battle with cancer. He passed away at 12:30 AM on Saturday at Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. The composer, who turned 51 just a day ago, was undergoing treatment for multiple myeloma
(cancer of the plasma cells) at the hospital for over 40 days. His cancer, which was first detected in 2010, had relapsed a third time.
The Indian Express reports that he was showing signs of improvement, but his brother-in-law Lalit Pandit (of composer duo Jatin-Lalit) had said that even injections procured from the US were proving to be of little help.
“We were depending on these injections, but they have not worked. And he is beyond that stage where we can start a new therapy. He is in a terminal stage,” Lalit had remarked.
Srivastava’s condition had deteriorated to a point where he was rendered bedridden.
His family had sought help from Dr Yoshi Dhonden, the famed Tibetan doctor who is also the personal physician of The Dalai Lama.
Dr Dhonden is known for curing some of the worst cases of cancer. His cancer had also brought about a severe financial strain on Srivastava. He was forced to sell his Hummer to meet the medical expenses.
When his cancer was first detected, he had told The Indian Express
of his disappointment at his friends from the film industry not turning up to meet him. This time though many prominent names from the film fraternity had visited him. “Many people from Bollywood have dropped in. Shekhar Kapur, Suchitra Krishnamoorthy, Poonam Dhillon, Anu Mallik, Jaspinder Narula, Abhijeet and many others came last evening. We are fortunate to have the blessings and love of the industry,” said Lalit.
Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, too, had paid Aadesh Srivastava a visit to the hospital.
Srivastava was one of the few Indian composers to have collaborated with international stars. He had worked on projects with Akon, Wycleaf Jean and Shakira. ‘Welcome Back
’, which released yesterday, was his last work as a composer. His last rites will be held today at 12:30 PM at Mumbai’s Oshiwara Crematorium.
He is survived by his wife Vijeta Pandit and two sons.
Amitabh Bachchan posted this poignant message on Twitter in memory of Aadesh Srivastava.