Shillong Chamber Choir founder Neil Nongkynrih dies at 52 in Mumbai

52-year-old music conductor and composer Neil Nongkynrih , who led the Shillong Chamber Choir to national fame after a reality TV Show about a decade ago, died at the Reliance Hospital in Mumbai after a brief illness, they said.

Neil and the entire Choir are in Mumbai for the past three months on work. “He was admitted at the hospital yesterday and passed away in the evening today after a surgery,” a spokesperson of the group told PTI.

He said the mortal remains of Neil, who was awarded the Padma Shri, in 2015 would be brought back to his home here as soon as all formalities in Mumbai are completed.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma condoled the death of Neil Nongkynrih.

Taking to Twitter, CM Sangma said that the country has lost a gem today.

“I am saddened beyond words by the sudden demise of Padma Shri Neil Nongkynrih, founder of the famous Shillong Chamber Choir. He was a mentor to the country’s finest choir that serenaded crowds wherever they performed. We have lost a gem today,” CM Sangma said in his tweet.

PM condoles the demise of Mr Neil Nongkynrih of Shillong Chamber Choir

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has expressed sorrow on the demise of Mr Neil Nongkynrih, mentor and conductor of Shillong Chamber Choir.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said :

“Mr. Neil Nongkynrih was an outstanding mentor to the Shillong Chamber Choir, which enthralled audiences globally. I have also witnessed some of their superb performances. He left us too soon. His creativity will always be remembered. Condolences to his family and admirers. RIP.”

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