Funeral of Anthony Gonsalves on Saturday

MUMBAI: The burial ceremony of legendary music arranger and composer Anthony Gonsalves who passed away on Wednesday will be held in Goa after his son Kiran arrives from the US. Gonsalves is survived by wife Melita, daughter Laxmi and a son.

The 84-year-old, who was the inspiration behind the track My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves from the hit film Amar Akbar Anthony, was admitted to Goa Medical College on account of pneumonia on Sunday.

Having started off as an obscure violinist with renowned music composer Naushad‘s group in 1943, Gonsalves moved on to work with biggies like Anil Biswas, Gulam Haidar, Shyam Sundar, Sachin Dev Burman, R D Burman and Laxmikant Pyarelal among others.

Tweeted Amitabh Bachchan on Gonsalves’ demise, "Anthony Gonsalves...passes away....talented musician with LP and on his name my character name for Anthony was put..prayers."

He is remembered for his musical arrangements in Mahal, Naya Daur, Dillagi and Pyaasa to name a few films. The noted arranger is also credited with founding an Indian symphony orchestra featuring Lata Mangeshkar and Manna Dey as soloists.

It may be recalled that a 58-minute film was screened at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in his honour in 2010.

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