Mumbai / Shillong , Jan 05 : Shillong Chamber Choir founder and noted music composer Padma Shri Neil Nongkynrih died in Mumbai after a brief illness on Wednesday .
The famous music conductor and composer who led the SCC to national fame after a reality TV show about a decade ago, died at the Reliance Hospital in Mumbai after a brief illness.
According to reports ,Neil and the entire Choir were in Mumbai for the past three months on work. “He was admitted to the hospital yesterday and passed away in the evening today after a surgery.”
An alumni of London’s prestigious Trinity College of Music and of Guildhall School of Music, Neil came back in 2001 after years of performing and teaching music in England, to set up the Shillong Chamber Choir.
The mortal remains of Neil, who was awarded the Padma Shri, in 2015 would be brought back to Shillong after all formalities in Mumbai are completed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has condoled the demise of the famous composer .
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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 5, 2022
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. pic.twitter.com/MiFsJ23Xzm
— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) January 5, 2022