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Veteran Bhajan Singer Narendra Chanchal Passes Away At 80

New Delhi: Singer Narendra Chanchal, who redefined popular devotional singing in India, passed away on Friday in New Delhi. He was 80.

Chanchal shot to fame with his ‘Jagran’ hits in the seventies and the eighties, particularly songs dedicated to Sherawali Mata. His ode to Sherawali Mata “Chalo bulava aaya hai” continues to be popular till date. Chanchal is best known for his live performances.

The singer also made a mark in Bollywood. He is known for rendering the title song of the 1974 Amitabh Bachchan film “Benaam”, composed by RD Burman. He also famously sang “Beshak mandir masjid todo” in Raj Kapoor’s 1973 superhit “Bobby”, starring Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia.

Condolences poured in from different quarters as soon as the as the news of passing away of the legendary singer surfaced on different platforms.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief on the demise of the singer through his Twitter post.

BJP’s National Vice President Baijayant Jay Panda also condoled his death.

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar tweeted, “Saddened to hear demise of Singer #NarendraChanchal ji. He will be remembered for his bhajans and some remarkable songs in Hindi films, My heartfelt condolences to his admirers and family. Om Shanti.”

Singer Daler Mehndi also felt “deeply saddened to learn that iconic and most loved #NarendraChanchal ji has left us for the heavenly abode. In prayers for his soul to rest in peace. Heartfelt condolences to his family and legions of fans”.

Honouring the singer, actor Ranvir Shorey said: “Saddened at the demise of vocalist Sh. Narendra Chanchal, singer of many iconic bhajans & Hindi film songs in history. His unique voice had the ability to pierce straight to a listener’s heart, making every listening experience an emotional & spiritual one. #RIP #respect.”

(With IANS Inputs)

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