Shillong, January 6: Neil Nongkynrih, winner of the Padma Shri Prize and founder of the Shillong Chamber Choir, breathed his last on Wednesday evening in a Mumbai hospital after a brief illness, family sources said. He was 51 years old.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Meghalaya Conrad K. Sangma, his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma and many other important figures have regretted the disappearance of Neil Nongkynrih, known as “Uncle Neil”.
The famous conductor and composer was in Mumbai with the entire choir team for the past three months as part of their professional work.
“Nongkynrih was admitted to hospital on Tuesday and breathed his last today (Wednesday) after an operation,” a choir official told Shillong.
The remains of Nongkynrih, who received the Padma Shri in 2015, are said to be brought to Shillong after completing the necessary formalities in Mumbai.
Nongkynrih, a former student of the prestigious Trinity College of Music in London and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, taught music in England before returning to Meghalaya in 2001 to create the Shillong Chamber Choir, which gradually evolved into a musical troupe. popular across the country and abroad. .
The Shillong Chamber Choir, which has received many international recognitions and awards, has also collaborated with several world famous groups and its Christmas album in 2011 became the best-selling non-cinematic music album in India.
The choir performed at Rashtrapati Bhavan when former US President Barack Obama and then First Lady Michelle Obama visited India in 2011.
In 2010, the choir won the reality TV show “India’s Got Talent”.
In 2017, the central government appointed Nongkynrih to the Central Board of Film Certification.
Speaking of death, Modi tweeted: “Sir. Neil Nongkynrih has been an exceptional mentor for the Shillong Chamber Choir, which has captivated audiences around the world. I have also witnessed some of their superb performances. He left us too soon. His creativity will remain forever. etched in our memories Condolences to his family and his admirers.
The Chief Minister of Meghalaya said in a tweet: “I am saddened beyond words by the sudden passing of Padma Shri Neil Nongkynrih, founder of the famous Shillong Chamber Choir. He was a mentor for the best choir in the country who made crowds sing wherever they performed. We lost a gem today.
Deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Neil Nongkynrih, the founder of the Shillong Chamber Choir, in Mumbai this evening. Under his leadership, the choir has reached great heights, gaining fame not only for the Meghalaya but for all of the North. is, ”Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said in a tweet.