Veteran Marathi musician Yeshwant Deo, who had composed music for many films including Shabana Azmi-starrer “Saaz”, passed away on Tuesday after suffering from a brief illness. He was 91.
Deo breathed his last at Sushrusha Hospital in Dadar around 1.30 AM.
“He was admitted there 20 days ago after he contracted chikungunya. He was later diagnosed with pneumonia which ultimately led to kidney dysfunction and other complications,” as per a family source.
His last rites will be performed at the Dadar Crematorium Tuesday.
Born on November 1, 1926, Deo was a revered figure in the Marathi music circle and industry where he composed music for more than 40 Marathi films and plays.
He worked in All India Radio as a sitar player. A recipient of the Lata Mangeshkar award, He was also knonw for his composition in Bhav Geet.
He won several awards such as Maharashtra state award for music direction for the play Amrapali (1974). He also published books on devotional music.