Bhajan singer Narendra Chanchal passes away at Delhi hospital

He was 76

Narendra-Chanchal via Twitter

Popular 'bhajan' singer Narendra Chanchal, best known for his songs 'Chalo bulawa aaya hai' and 'Tune mujhe bulaya sherawaliye', died at a private hospital in New Delhi on Friday following health complications, sources said. He was 76.

Chanchal breathed his last at 12:15pm at Apollo Hospital, the sources said.

He was admitted to the south Delhi hospital on November 27 and died after suffering from brain complications, they said.

Born to a Punjabi family in Namak Mandi, Amritsar in 1940, Chanchal grew up in a religious atmosphere that inspired him to start singing 'bhajans' and 'aartis' (devotional songs) from a very young age.

In Hindi cinema, he found fame when he sang a song "Beshak Mandir Masjid" for the 1973 film Bobby, the debut movie of Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia.

For the song, Chanchal won the Filmfare Best Male Playback Award in 1974.

One of his most popular tracks was "Chalo Bulawa Aaya Hain Mata Ne Bulaya Hain" from Rajesh Khanna's 1983 drama Avtaar.

Chanchal released his autobiography 'Midnight Singer' in 2009, chronicling his life, from his early struggles and hardships to his achievements.

Condoling the singer's death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said Chanchal had carved a unique place for himself in the field of devotional music with his voice.

In a tweet, the PM expressed his condolences to the singer's family and fans.

Singer Daler Mehndi, actor Manoj Bajpayee, actor Ranvir Shorey, music composer Vishal Dadlani were among the people who mourned Chanchal's death.

"Rest in peace Narendra Chanchal sahab!!! What a singer with such inspiring voice. Singing your songs now in your memory. God bless your soul with peace," Bajpayee tweeted.

"Saddened at the demise of vocalist Sh. Narendra Chanchal, singer of many iconic bhajans & Hindi film songs in history. His unique voice had the ability to pierce straight to a listener's heart, making every listening experience an emotional & spiritual one. #RIP #respect," Shorey tweeted.

Mehndi said he was saddened to learn that "iconic and most loved" Chanchal had died.

"In prayers for his soul to rest in peace. Heartfelt condolences to his family and legions of fans," he added.

Dadlani said Chanchal will be remembered forever through his songs.

"I doubt anyone will ever walk up to Vaishnodevi without hearing his voice resounding through the hills," he said.

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar also mourned Chanchal's passing away and said the singer will be "remembered for his bhajans and some remarkable songs in Hindi films".