RIP Neil: Tributes pour in for Shillong Chamber Choir founder


The founder and music director of Shillong Chamber Choir, Neil Nongkynrih, passed away on Wednesday evening in Mumbai, leaving behind a memorable legacy. According to a statement from the choir’s members and management, the Padma Shri recipient died at 51, because of “septicaemia due to perforation peritonitis”.

The multi-genre choir, set up by him in 2001, shot to fame after winning India’s Got Talent in 2010. They also performed at the Rashtrapati Bhavan for then US President Barak Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, during their India visit.

Nongkynrih, who was a Western classical pianist in London (UK) for 13 years, came back to Shillong, Meghalaya, in 2001. William Richmond Basaiawmoit, the choir’s lead singer, who joined the group in 2018, says, “It’s going to take us a long time, maybe a lifetime, to understand what he had done for us. These years with him have…

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