Bhajan singer Narendra Chanchal dies at 80 in Delhi
Veteran bhajan singer Narendra Chanchal died at Delhi’s Apollo hospital after prolonged illness. The singer was 80 years old when he left for his heavenly abode.
On Friday, popular bhajan singer Narendra Chanchal breathed his last in Delhi. The singer was unwell for a while. Punjab Kesari reported that he died at the Apollo Hospital around 12pm. He had been unwell since the last three months and was receiving treatment.
Apart from many known bhajans, he also lent his voice to Hindi film songs. He was a popular voice in whole of north India as listeners would flock to his jagrata performances.
Many eminent personalities including, music stars and cricketers offered their condolences on social media.
Daler Mehndi paid tributes to the singer and tweeted, “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. “
Former Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh also tweeted, “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.”
Sufi singer Master Saleem stated, “Alvida Narender Chanchal ji.”
The veteran was born on October 16, 1940, in Namak Mandi, Amritsar. He had a very religious atmosphere in his family due to which he was inspired to enter the world of singing. He started singing bhajan and hymns. He followed his mother into the jagran singing.
The bhajan maestro was loved by all because of his jagratas. He has sung songs such as Pyaara Saja Hai and Chalo Bulawa Aaya hai. Besides this, he sang “Beshak Mandir Masjid” for the 1973 film “Bobby”. He was honoured with the Filmfare Best Male Playback Singer Award. He also earned honorary citizenship of Georgia in the United States.
Last year he went viral when he sang the famous bhajan ‘Kitho aaya corona’ at a Holi event in Paharganj, New Delhi.
‘Midnight Singer’ is the autobiography by Chanchal which narrates the high and lows of his life.