Former parliamentarian, BJP leader and a well-known face in Gujarati cinema, Mahesh Kanodia, died on Sunday after a prolonged illness. He was 81-year-old. Mahesh Kanodia was a member of the 10th, 11th, 12th and 14th Lok Sabha from Patan.
Notably, Mahesh Kanodia’s brother Naresh has been found infected with coronavirus. He is critical and on ventilator support.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended his condolence on the death of Mahesh Kanodia. PM Modi spoke to son of Naresh Kanodia, Hitu Kanodia, in this regard.
He also tweeted: “I am saddened by the death of Shri Mahesh Kanodia, a famous musician and singer from Gujarat. Shri Mahesh Kanodia has made an important contribution in popularising Gujarati folk music. I have witnessed his impressive performance as a Member of Parliament for a long time.”
Contribution of Mahesh Kanodia in Gujarati cinema
His contribution in Gujarati Cinema is spread over four decades. He was also a popular singer and musician, who performed with his brother Naresh Kanodia, an actor in Gujarati cinema. He had the ability to sing in 32 singer’s voice.
Mahesh Kanodia had received the following awards for his works:
1. Award for best music for the film “Jigar and Ami” (1970–71) (as a composer)
2. Award for best music for the film “Tanariri” (1974–75) (as a composer)
3. Award for the second-best film for the film “Jog Sanjog” (1980/81) (as a producer)
4. Award for the best music for the film “Jog Sanjog” (1980/81) (as a composer)
5. Award for best playback singer for the film “Akhand Chudlo” (1981/82)
6. Award for the best music for the film “Laju Lakhan” (1991/92) (as a composer)
He had founded `Mahesh Kumar and Party` (musical group) and performed more than 13,000 shows worldwide since the age of eight years. Mahesh Kanodia also won many awards for singing, writing poems in Gujarati and as a music composer in Gujarati/Hindi films.
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