South Asian Music Mourns the Loss of Legendary Singers Pankaj Udhas and Bhakta Raj Acharya – South Asia Time

South Asian Music Mourns the Loss of Legendary Singers Pankaj Udhas and Bhakta Raj Acharya

 February 26, 2024  

Kathmandu — Today, the world of music in South Asia is enveloped in grief as two iconic figures bid farewell. Renowned Bhajan Maestro Bhakta Raj Acharya from Nepal and legendary Ghazal maestro Pankaj Udhas from India have passed away, leaving behind a legacy that will forever resonate in the hearts of millions.

Pankaj Udhas, the maestro behind timeless classics like ‘Chitthi Aayi Hai’ and ‘Na Kajre Ki Dhaar’, breathed his last today at the age of 72 after battling a prolonged illness. His family confirmed the news, stating, “With a very heavy heart, we are saddened to inform you of the sad demise of Padma Shri Pankaj Udhas on 26 February due to a prolonged illness.” Udhas, who carved his niche in Bollywood with soul-stirring melodies, had been undergoing treatment at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai. His departure marks the end of an era in Indian music.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Udhas, acknowledging his profound impact on the music world. “We mourn the loss of Pankaj Udhas Ji, whose singing conveyed a range of emotions and whose Ghazals spoke directly to the soul,” said the Prime Minister. “His departure leaves a void in the music world that can never be filled. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.”

Meanwhile, across the border, Nepal mourns the loss of its own musical luminary, Bhakta Raj Acharya. The veteran singer, known for his soulful renditions and devotional hymns, passed away at the age of 82 while being rushed to Mediciti Hospital in Lalitpur. Acharya, revered as the Bhajan Shiromani, had a profound impact on Nepali music, with hits like ‘Mutu Jalirahechha’ and ‘Maya Meri Saajh Bihana’. His departure leaves a void in the Nepali music industry, with tributes pouring in from all corners of the country.

Former Prime Minister and Chairman of CPN-UML KP Sharma Oli paid homage to Acharya through social media, highlighting his unparalleled contribution to Nepali music.

As the curtains fall on the lives of these two maestros, their melodies will continue to echo through the corridors of time, immortalizing their legacy for generations to come. May their souls rest in eternal peace.