Popular Kannada playback singer and music composer L.N. Shastri died on Wednesday at his residence here due to cancer. He was 46.
“Shastri’s demise is a great loss to the Kannada film industry,” singer Vijay Prakash, who had worked with Shastri, told a Kannada news channel. Shastri passed away at his home in Nagarbhavi area. He is survived by his wife Suma Shastri, also a singer. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah expressed his condolences. “The news of the death of L.N. Shastri brings me a lot of pain,” he said in a statement.
The talented play back singer-music composer started his career with Ajagajantara in 1991. Shastri was most known for his hit song “Kolumande Jangamadevaru” from the movie “Janumada Jodi” (1996). This particular song became a major hit among critics and masses alike. He won the Karnataka State award for the same. Starting his career in 1991, Shastri has snag more than 3000 songs.
Mid-day into his career, LN Shastri rechristened himself to Chaitanya but since fans couldn’t associate with the singer-composer’s new name, he went back to his original name with Bellary Naga. In the past the singer has collaborated with Hamsalekha and V Manohar. He has even worked with Crazy Star V Ravichandran, as per reports on Deccan Chronicle. The singer is surived by his wife, Suma who sang about 50 songs in her career.
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