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Instrumentalists are one of the most important parts of the
Bollywood music and film industry but most of them remain
unrecognized throughout their lives. Saxophonist Manohari Singh is
one such name, who passed away at the age of 79 years on Tuesday
following cardiac arrest. He was said to be a very close associate
of renowned music composer R. D. Burman.
On his demise, legendary singer Asha Bhosle expressed her
condolence. She tweeted, saying, “Manohari Singh"s cardiac arrest
is very sad news".
Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar also posted tweets on the
sudden death of Manohari Singh. She posted, “My heartfelt
condolences to the family of Manohari da, who passed away. He was a
wonderful human being, a great arranger and a very good saxophone
Recently, the saxophonist Manohari Singh accompanied the late R.
D. Burman"s legendary wife Asha Bhosle on the reality show 'Indian
Idol 5", which was a special episode on Burman. They were
accompanied by two more associates of the late musician Homi Mullan
and Kancha. Singh looked hale and hearty on the show and got very
emotional when Asha spoke about Burman.
In several hit compositions of R. D. Burman, Singh played the
saxophone, which includes songs like 'Gaata rahe mera dil".
Recently, he played the saxophone in the movie Veer Zaara
and Chalte Chalte.
In 1958, Manohari first played saxophone for a Bollywood movie
Sitaron Se Aage with Sachin Dev Burman.
Reacting on his death, megastar Amitabh Bachchan posted, “It"s
very sad news, Lataji. Just few months back, he played condolences
and prayers at a function".
Singer Shreya Ghosal wrote, “May you rest in peace Manohari
May the soul of this great saxophonist rest in peace!