Aadesh Shrivastava

Aadesh Shrivastava (4 September 1964 – 5 September 2015) was a music composer and singer of Indian music. Initially he had worked as an assistant to many great music composers like R .D. Burman, Rajesh Roshan etc. 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]

Aadesh Shrivastava
Shrivastava at the launch of album Rangeele in 2011
Born(1964-09-04)4 September 1964
Died5 September 2015(2015-09-05) (aged 51)
  • Composer
  • singer
  • music arranger
  • music producer
Years active1988–2015
ChildrenAvitesh Shrivastava Anivesh Shrivastava


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 radio. 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. One track "Haathon Mein Aa Gaya Jo Kal" was a hit. His other films are Salma Pe Dil Aa Gaya and Shastra. The chart buster "Kya Ada Kya Jalwe Tere Paro", from the film Shastra got him in the limelight once again. In 1995, Shrivastava was the second ever judge on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa.

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

Shrivastava was married to Vijayta Pandit, actress and sister of music composer duo Jatin and Lalit Pandit and actress Sulakshana Pandit in the year 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. Chithresh died in a car accident in 2011.[9][11][12] Aadesh was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in December 2010 and underwent chemotherapy.[13]


It was reported in the media on 31 August 2015 that his cancer had relapsed for a 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.[14] He was cremated at Oshiwara crematorium in Mumbai the same day.


Background music

As composer

Playback singer

  • 2010 Mummyji-Papaji - Unreleased
  • 2010 Raajneeti
  • 2008 Hari Puttar - A Comedy of Terrors
  • 2007 Jahan Jaaeyega Hamen Paaeyega
  • 2006 Dil Se Pooch Kidhar Jaana Hai
  • 2006 Baabul
  • 2006 Rehguzar
  • 2006 Husn - Love & Betrayal
  • 2006 Alag
  • 2006 Chingaari
  • 2004 Dev
  • 2003 Baghban
  • 2002 Aankhen
  • 2000 Joru Ka Ghulam
  • 1999 Lal Baadshah
  • 1998 Angaaray
  • 1995 Veergati
  • 1990 Agnipath(Song-Alibaba)


Year Award Ceremony Category Film Song Result Reference(s)
2010 Mirchi Music Awards Male Vocalist of The Year Raajneeti "Mora Piya" Nominated [16]

See also


  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. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  8. Sanneh, Kelefa (3 December 2007). "New CDs". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  9. Ansari, Shabana (6 February 2011). "Akon to audition Indian artistes online". DNA. 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. Jha, Subhash (4 May 2011). "Where were all our friends?". Mumbai Mirror. Archived from the original on 2 October 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  14. "Composer Aadesh Shrivastava dies of cancer". The Hindu. 5 September 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  15. Sinha, Lata (31 December 2004). "Music Reviews". Telegraph. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  16. "Nominees - Mirchi Music Award Hindi 2010". 30 January 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
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