Veteran Marathi composer Yeshwant Deo passes away

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Oct 2018 08:58:34



VETERAN Marathi singer, lyricist and music composer Yeshwant Deo passed away after a brief illness here on Tuesday, family sources said. He was 91.

Deo breathed his last at the Sushrusha Hospital in Dadar where he was admitted for treatment of pneumonia and other complications almost three weeks ago. His last rites shall be performed at the Dadar Crematorium here later on Tuesday. Born on November 1, 1926, Deo trained in music under his father and became a well-known figure in the Marathi film industry and music circles. He was a science graduate from Mumbai and had acquired the Sangeet Visharad degree from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya.

After spending formative years in Raigad, Deo launched his music career with All India Radio in Nagpur as a sitar player. From 1958 to 1984 he produced light music, besides teaching music in the University Of Mumbai and SNDT Women’s University.

His specialisation was ‘Bhav-geet’ which involved composing poems to music, a semi-classical form, which he utilised effectively for over 40 films and plays.