Neil Nongkynrih, who led Shillong Chamber Choir to heights, dies in Mumbai
By The Space
By Jon Pebi Tato
NATION: The Pianist, Neil Nongkynrih who led the Shillong Chamber Choir to its highest glory passed away in Mumbai on the 5th of January 2022. He was reported to have suffered from an abrupt ulcer rupture, having him admitted to Reliance hospital in Mumbai
Fondly addressed as Uncle Neil, Nongkynrih, along with the complete choir, was in Mumbai to record their upcoming “spiritual album”. “This album was Uncle Neil’s dream. The only thing I feel is that at least he could complete it,” said Basaiawmoit who is the band's lead vocalist.
The Choir came to its prominence when the masses in the country show them perform in India's biggest reality hit show, "India's Got Talent", the team won India’s Got Talent in 2010 post which they won the World Choir Games. The Choir was also chosen to perform at Rashtrapati Bhawan for former American President Barack Obama’s visit.
Meanwhile, Kirron Kher poured her deep condolence for the late Neil Nongkynrih on her Tweet quoting.
For Obama, the choir had sung Deep River — an Afro-American hymn, thinking that he’d find the most resonance there. Nongkynrih was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in 2015.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled the early demise of the Pianist on his Tweet__
"Mr. Neil Nongkynrih was an outstanding mentor to the Shillong Chamber Choir, which enthralled audiences globally. I have also witnessed some of their superb performances. He left us too soon. His creativity will always be remembered. Condolences to his family and admirers. RIP"___Twitter.
Nongkynrih grew up in Shillong and was introduced to the symphonies of Mozart and Beethoven by one of his grand aunts besides the understanding of basics of music that he received from his sister and jazz musician Pauline Nongkynrih.
He then moved to London to study at the Trinity College and Guildhall School of Music. He worked for many years as a concert pianist in Europe before returning to India in 2001 and started a small school at his home to teach music. He founded the Shillong Chamber Choir the same year.
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