Aadesh Shrivastava

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Aadesh Shrivastava
Shrivastav with Vijeyta Pandit at the special screening of Bol Bachchan 21
Born(1964-09-04)4 September 1964
Died5 September 2015(2015-09-05) (aged 51)
  • Composer
  • singer
  • music arranger
  • music producer
Years active1990–2015
SpouseVijayta Pandit

Aadesh Shrivastava (4 September 1964 – 5 September 2015) was a music composer and singer of Indian music. Initially, he had worked as a drummer to music composers including R. D. Burman, Rajesh Roshan before working independently as a music director. Over the course of his career, he had composed music for over 100 Hindi films. Just a day after he turned 51, he died of cancer in Kokilaben Hospital.[1]


Born in a Hindu Kayastha family in Katni, Shrivastava got his first big break with the film Kanyadaan in 1993. Among the singers who sang in this movie, there was Lata Mangeshkar who sang his first song - Oh Sajna Dilbar, a duet with Udit Narayan, which became popular on the radio.[citation needed] But the film and the rest of the songs went unnoticed. The same thing happened with Jaane Tamanna, but he bounced back with Aao Pyaar Karen.[citation needed] One track "Haathon Mein Aa Gaya Jo Kal" was a hit. His other films are Salma Pe Dil Aa Gaya and Shastra. The song "Kya Ada Kya Jalwe Tere Paro", from the film Shastra got him in the limelight once again.[citation needed] In 1995, Shrivastava was a judge on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa.[citation needed]

Shrivastava sang a number of hit songs such as "Sona Sona", "Shava Shava", "Gustakhiyaan" and "Gur Nalon Ishq Mitha". He won accolades for his work in Kunwara, Tarkieb and Shikari in the year 2000. In 2001, his success continued with the movie Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai. In 2005, he was a judge on the talent hunt show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2005.[2] The following year, he turned to direction with his short film on child prostitution, Sanaa.[3][4] In 2009, he made a cameo in the film World Cupp 2011 and returned to television as a judge on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Challenge 2009. His semi-classical song "Mora Piya" from Raajneeti became a hit in 2010.[5]

On the international front, Shrivastava has collaborated with artists such as Akon,[6] Julia Fordham[7] and Wyclef Jean.[8] Together with Akon, he has launched an India-wide talent search on the website hitlab.com which uses music analysis technology to predict the hit potential of new songs.[9] Other international artists he has collaborated with include Dominic Miller, Shakira and T-Pain.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Shrivastava was married to Vijayta Pandit, actress and sister of music composer duo Jatin and Lalit Pandit and actress Sulakshana Pandit in 1990. They have two sons, Anivesh and Avitesh. His elder brother, Chitresh Shrivastava, owned Eyeline Telefilm and Events, the event management company implicated in the Rahat Fateh Ali Khan black money incident.[9][11][12] Chitresh died in a car accident in 2011.[13] Aadesh was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in December 2010 and underwent chemotherapy.[14]


It was reported in the media on 31 August 2015 that his cancer had relapsed for the third time since 2010 and that he had been hospitalised for more than a month. He died, in a coma, at 12:30 A.M. IST at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital & Medical Research Institute, Mumbai, on 5 September 2015, a day after his 51st birthday.[15] He was cremated at Oshiwara crematorium in Mumbai the same day.


Background music[edit]

As composer[edit]

Kanyadan the first film of Aadesh

Playback singer[edit]


Year Award Ceremony Category Film Song Result Reference(s)
2010 Mirchi Music Awards Male Vocalist of The Year Raajneeti "Mora Piya" Nominated [17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Music Composer Aadesh Shrivastava Dies of Cancer". Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  2. ^ Jha, Subhash K. "War of the music composers, literally". Rediff. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Review of Sanaa". One India. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  4. ^ Murari, Charisma (29 January 2006). "'I couldn't just walk on'". Times of India. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  5. ^ Vijayakar, Rajiv (9 July 2010). "Music Round-up - 2010 first half: Melody on a leash". Indian Express. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Akon in city, lends voice to SRK's Ra.1". Indian Express. 9 March 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  7. ^ "Julia Fordham Raises Money for Tsunami-stricken School". Paste. 16 March 2005. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  8. ^ Sanneh, Kelefa (3 December 2007). "New CDs". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  9. ^ a b Ansari, Shabana (6 February 2011). "Akon to audition Indian artistes online". DNA. Archived from the original on 8 February 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  10. ^ "Aadesh Shrivastava: To Hell & Back". Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Rahat let off with a fine of Rs 15 lakh". Rediff. 20 February 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  12. ^ "Indo-Pak diplomatic row over Rahat Fateh Ali Khan". Times of India. 15 February 2011. Archived from the original on 19 February 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
  13. ^ "Bollywood remembers an 'efficient' manager". 10 May 2011.
  14. ^ Jha, Subhash (4 May 2011). "Where were all our friends?". Mumbai Mirror. Archived from the original on 2 October 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  15. ^ "Composer Aadesh Shrivastava dies of cancer". The Hindu. 5 September 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  16. ^ a b c Sinha, Lata (31 December 2004). "Music Reviews". Telegraph. Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  17. ^ "Nominees - Mirchi Music Award Hindi 2010". 30 January 2011. Archived from the original on 30 January 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2018.

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