Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 21:
Renowned lyricist Nizam passed away at a private hospital in Odisha capital early this morning following a nephritic illness. He was 62.
The noted lyricist wasn’t keeping well since past few months and was admitted to the Apollo Hospital here a few days ago for dialysis.
A pall of gloom descended on the film, music and entertainment industry after the sad news of his demise spread. Many eminent personalities from various walks of life rushed to the hospital this morning to pay their last respects to the departed soul.
“He was actively involved in work till recently. His greatness lay in his amiable personality; he never spoke harsh words to anyone. He had undergone kidney transplant; was undergoing dialysis too. But, he was admitted to the hospital with pancreatic ailments and today he suffered cardiac arrest,” music director Prem Anand said.
The timeless ‘Hrudaya ra aei sunyata’ and ‘Mu je eka pagala bhanra’ remain the most popular songs penned by him. But he has written many melodious album songs, which have received the admiration of listeners.
“We used to call him as Salabega for his contribution to the Odia bhajan industry despite being a Muslim. His contribution to the industry will never be forgotten. It is a personal loss to me. My initial years of struggle in the industry started with him. I was greatly inspired by him. May his soul rest in peace,” music director Sanjay Nayak said.
Leading Ollywood actors and music fans thronged the hospital to have a glimpse of Nizam.
“He was a living legend. I had a very good rapport with him. I will miss him and the vacuum created by him will be difficult to fill up,” Ollywood actor Arindam Roy said.
Reacting to the news, eminent singer Pranab Patnaik, said, “It is a huge loss for Odisha and a personal loss to me. I was closely associated with him and have spent many memorable days with him.”
Nizam was first admitted to SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack following chronic renal failure (CRF) diagnosed in 2009. Later the same year, he underwent kidney transplant in Hyderabad. His wife Gulshan had donated a kidney for the transplant.
He had started his career in 1977 with ‘Anutap’ and never looked back since then. He has created mesmerising lyrics and contributed thousands of songs to the Ollywood industry.
His body was taken to his Cuttack residence at Sutahat and the burial rites were performed at Daragha Bazar this afternoon, sources said.
Chaos prevailed at the hospital for some time over handing over of the body as hospital authorities reportedly refused to release the body over payment of bills. However, the formalities were fulfilled after the family members of Nizam settled the payment dispute.