Moving through the fast pace of life, chasing things, somewhere along the way we often take it for granted and just then a shocking blow from reality comes hurrying down to remind us that we should not get too comfortable-life is too unpredictable to allow that. The death of singer Nitin Bali is one such thundering on all the people in India who grew up during the 90s listening to his music. On Tuesday around 12:30 am the singer passed away succumbing to his injuries due to a road accident. He was only 47.
During the 90s, the music scene in India was a happy mixture of independent songs and remixes of yesteryear’s iconic tracks. Nitin Bali was the MVP of the latter ball game. His voice was a familiar one to the ears of the 90s audience especially for his effortless re-renditions of some of the most classic gems of old-school Bollywood, that include:
Neele Neele Ambar Par
Originally from the 1983 movie Kalakar, rendered by Kishore Kumar, the remix of this song with the vocals of Nitin Bali came out back in 2002 as one of the many tracks of his album Baliwood. Remastered with guitar, violin and EDM sounds, this remix was one of the most treasured ones of its kind and was also the song that took Bali’s career to new heights.
Coming to recent times, Nitin Bali had sung the title track for the movie Miss Teacher, that starred Kamalika Chanda, Resham Thakkar & Rahul Sharma. Though the movie or the song was not very popular, Nitin Bali’s composition and his characteristic voice, gave the much-needed energy that the song required.
Yeh Raat Bheegi Bheegi
Another memorable rendition by Bali was the remake of the popular classic Yeh Raat Bheegi Bheegi originally from the movie 1956 Raj Kapoor movie, Chori Chori.
Deewana Hua Badal
This is perhaps one of those renditions by Bali that every 90s kid remembers. From the album Baliwood 2, this song, originally from the 1964 movie Kashmir Ki Kali, was a favorite with many of Bali’s fans.
Even though the world can’t but lament the loss of artists, their art stays behind to console. Nitin Bali’s demise is the unforeseen kind, the one that catches you off guard so intensely that the stupor is hard to shake off. But his songs will survive and so will he in our memory. And as for his soul, may it find solace like we found joy in his work and art.