Neil Nongkynrih, the founder of Shillong Chamber Choir, passed away on Wednesday evening in Mumbai. He was 51 years old.

According to sources, Nongkynrih was in Mumbai since November, 2021.

Neil Nongkynrih was a concert pianist from Shillong, Meghalaya and the founder, mentor, and conductor of Shillong Chamber Choir, which won the reality show India’s Got Talent in 2010.

Nongkynrih was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India in 2015.

Apart from the Padma Shri, Nongkynrih also received the U Tirot Sing Award in 2011, the Forbes Person of the Year for 2010-11 and he also served as a member of the World Choir Council. He was a member of the Central Board of Film Certification from 2017 till the time of his death.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted about the death of Nongkynrih.

The members and management of the Shillong Chamber Choir also shared the news of “the death of our beloved founder and music director, Mr. Neil Nongkynrih”.

“Uncle Neil, as he was fondly known to all, passed away suddenly.”

“Uncle Neil was the life force of our world, a towering personality whose music, through the choir he so fondly nurtured, reached the ears of Presidents, Prime Ministers, Ambassadors and some of the biggest names in the worlds of sports, culture, business, music and film.”

“Drawing from the music of his land and his own vast experience in the Western classical tradition, he gave classic Indian film music a new touch, with his deft arrangements bringing delight to millions of listeners in India.”

Also read: NIT Meghalaya to confer honorary doctorate on Shillong Chamber Choir founder Neil Nongkynrih


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