Veteran rock singer Nandu Bhende passes away
A veteran rock band singer and theatre artist Nandu Bhende breathed his last this morning at the age of 58
Mumbai: A veteran rock band singer and theatre artist Nandu Bhende breathed his last this morning at the age of 58. His actual name was Sadanand Athmaram Bhende and he was son of senior Marathi actor-director Atmaram Bhende and Dr Asha Bhende (Lily Ezekiel). Nissim Ezekiel was his maternal uncle.
Bhende had sung with 1970’s bands such as Velvette Fogg, Savage Encounter and Atomic Forest. He later went on to perform the roles of Judas in Alyque Padamsee’s production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and the role of Jesus in the Bangalore version of the same opera; this lead onto further roles in Tommy, Fantastiks and Jaya.
He was awarded with a Gold Disc for his performance as a playback singer in 1980s Bollywood film ‘Disco Dancer’. He had given playback for musical veterans of Bollywood like R.D Burman, Laxmikant Pyarelal and Bappi Lahiri.
Bands for which Nandu performed:-
- Nandu Bhende Band
- Savage Encounter
- The Brief Encounter
- Velvette Fogg
His theatre performances:-
- Jaya as Yudhishtra
- Jesus Christ Superstar, as Judas.
- Jesus Christ Superstar,(Bangalore) as Jesus.
- Teen Paischacha Tamasha,(Marathi version of Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera), as Ankush.
- The Fantastiks, as El Gallo
- Tommy (Indian production)
- Disco Dancer
- Shankara Bharanam
- Shiva Ka Insaaf
His albums include:-
- Aaa Jaane Jaa
- Disco Duniya
- Disco Mazaa
- Disco Nasha
- Disco Zamana
- Get Organized
- Kaun Hai Woh
- Spicy Mango-Raapchick Remix
- Tere Liye
Recollecting some of his works:-
- His song from the album ‘Get Organized’ released in 1989
Nandu Bhende as Judas in Alyque Padamsee production’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. An Audio recording of ‘Heaven on their minds’ -the opening song of the Rock Opera that took Bombay by storm in the seventies.
- Song for movie Zakhm (1989); music by Bappi Lahiri