Veteran music composer Vanraj Bhatia who won the National Film Award for 'Best Music' for Govind Nihalani's 'Tamas' in 1988 and the Padma Shri in 2012 claimed that he is now penniless and is also suffering from severe knee pain and hearing problem. He is quite well known in the industry and well respected too.
Dishing out details of the above, he stated that his only company is his domestic help and that he was also forced to sell imported crockery and other household items for sustenance. “I have no money but one rupee left in my account.”, he stated. The composer who is now 92-years-old carved a niche for himself with his distinct notes in the cinema circuit of the seventies and eighties. Meanwhile, the domestic help also revealed details about the veteran composer's failing health and claimed that he was unsure given that Bhatia has not sought medical treatement for a very long time because of the lack of money
Shyam Benegal was quoted saying, “I think unfortunately, Vanraj painted himself into a corner over time. Apart from financial needs, he doesn’t have friends who can match his intelligence, sense of humour and world view. He needs someone to talk to on a day-to-day basis. A tough call in this day and age.”
Vanraj is a recipient of the National Film Award for Best Music Direction for Tamas in 1988 and also won the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1989. He also holds a Padma Shri conferred to him in 2012. His most noted works include Manthan (1976), Bhumika (1977), Junoon (1978), 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981), Trikal (1985) and Mandi (1983) and Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983).
He is trained in western classical music and has also studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
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