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Neil Nongkynrih, founding father of Shillong Chamber Choir, dies at 51

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GUWAHATI: Neil Nongkynrih, a live performance pianist who was once the founder, mentor and conductor of the well-known Shillong Chamber Choir, gave up the ghost in Mumbai on Wednesday.

The 51-year-old was once awarded Padma Shri in 2015. He was once the son of former Meghalaya minister AH Scott Lyngdoh.

Meghalaya Leader Minister Conrad Okay Sangma and his Assam counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma mourned the dying.

“I’m saddened past phrases by way of the unexpected death of Padma Shri Neil Nongkynrih…He was once a mentor to the rustic’s best choir that serenaded crowds anywhere they carried out. We now have misplaced a gem lately,” Sangma tweeted.

Himanta wrote at the micro-blogging website: “Deeply saddened by way of the scoop of the death of Neil Nongkynrih. Beneath his management, the choir rose to nice heights profitable repute now not just for Meghalaya however all of the Northeast. Would possibly his soul leisure in peace!”

The Shillong Chamber Choir had shot to repute by way of profitable the truth display India’s Were given Skill in 2010.

The musical profession of Nongkynrih took off in 1988 when he left Shillong for Nice Britain to review tune. Following his go back to India in 2001, he based the Shillong Chamber Choir.