We have seen the passing of a lot of famous people who were cherished by people all over the world, from musical icons to Bollywood celebs. Let’s have a look at the prominent Indian celebrities that passed away in the year 2022.
1. Lata Mangeshkar
Lata Mangeshkar is an Indian singer and music director who is widely considered as one of the greatest voices in the Indian music industry. Born on September 28, 1929, she began her career in 1942 and has recorded songs in several Indian languages, including Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, and many others. With a career spanning over seven decades, Lata Mangeshkar has recorded thousands of songs and is revered for her contributions to the Indian music industry. She has received numerous awards and honors for her work, including the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award.Mangeshkar died on February 6, 2022, at the age of 92, from multiple organ dysfunction syndromes. She had been on regular therapy for pneumonia and COVID-19 for 28 days, and was perhaps the most famous Indian who died in 2022.
2. Raju Srivastav
Satya Prakash Srivastava, also known as Raju Srivastava and Gajodhar, passed away on 21 September 2022. Raju Srivastava is an Indian comedian, artist and actor. He is considered one of the leading comedians of India and has won several awards for his comedy performances. Srivastava is known for his unique style of observational comedy, where he pokes fun at everyday situations and people in a light-hearted and humorous manner. He has also acted in several Bollywood films and television shows and is a popular figure in the Indian entertainment industry.
3. Pandit Birju Maharaj
Pandit Birju Maharaj was an Indian Kathak dancer, composer, and singer who was a member of the Lucknow “Kalka-Bindadin” Gharana. His two uncles, Shambhu Maharaj and Lachhu Maharaj, as well as his father and guru, Acchan Maharaj, were all Kathak dancers. He was also a vocalist who sang Hindustani classical music. After working at Bhartiya Kala Kendra, then the Kathak Kendra, New Delhi, alongside his uncle Shambhu Maharaj, he became the head of the latter for several years until his retirement in 1998, when he started his own dance school, Kalashram, also in Delhi. On the 16th of January 2022, just a month before his 85th birthday, he died of a heart attack at his Delhi home. He is one of the most famous Indian people who died in 2022.
4. Sandhya Mukherjee
Geetashree Sandhya Mukherjee was a Bengali-language playback vocalist and guitarist from India. In 1970, she was awarded the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for her performances in the films Jay Jayanti and Nishi Padma. Sandhya Mukherjee was taken to SSKM Hospital with breathlessness on January 27 and later transferred to Apollo Gleneagles Hospital after testing positive for COVID-19. She also suffered infections in her lungs, hypotension, ischemic heart disease, multi-organ failure, and a left femur fracture. She was improving with her treatment, becoming COVID-19 negative, and having successful femoral surgery on February 11th. She went into cardiac arrest in the morning of February 15 and died at 7.30 p.m. that same day.
5. Krishnakumar Kunnat
KK, or Krishnakumar Kunnath, was a prominent Indian playback singer. He sang in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Bengali, Assamese and Gujarati, among other languages. KK started his career singing commercial jingles and A.R. Debut in a film with. Rahman Score. Pal, their debut album, was released in 1999. KK gave a live concert on May 31, 2022 at the Nazrul Manch Auditorium in South Kolkata as part of the Gurudas College festival. On the way back to his hotel after his performance, he complained of feeling unwell and had a heart attack. He fainted, and efforts to revive him at the hotel were in vain. He was taken to the Calcutta Medical Research Institute (CMRI) after 10.30 pm, where he was declared brought dead.
6. Sidhu Moosewala
Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu, also known as Sidhu Moose Wala or Sidhu Moosewala, was an Indian musician, rapper, songwriter, and actor best known for his work in Punjabi music and cinema. Sidhu is widely considered one of the most influential Punjabi performers of his time. Furthermore, he is credited for paving the way for Punjabi singers to break into mainstream music. He began his career as a songwriter for Ninja’s song “License,” and then moved on to singing in a duet called “G Wagon.” On May 29, 2022, unidentified assailants shot and killed Moose Wala in his automobile in Jawaharke village, Mansa district.
7. Rakesh Jhunjhunwala
Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, 5 July 1960-14 August 2022 was an Indian billionaire businessman, Chartered Accountant, stock trader, and investor. In 1986, he made his first sizable profit after starting investing in 1985 with a capital of 5,000, and His estimated net worth at the time of his passing was $5.8 billion, ranking him as the 438th richest person in the world. His own asset management company, Rare Enterprises, counted him as a partner. He was a director and chairperson for several companies in addition to being an active investor. Akasa Air was also founded by him.
8. Bappi Aparesh Lahiri
Bappi Aparesh Lahiri, better known by his stage name Bappi Da, was an Indian singer, composer, and record producer. He popularised synthesised disco music in the Indian music industry, as well as singing some of his own songs. His filmi soundtracks made him famous in the 1980s and 1990s. He also had big box office hits in Bengali, Telugu, and Kannada movies. His songs remained popular well into the twenty-first century. Bappi Lahiri died on February 15, 2022, in Mumbai, of obstructive sleep apnea at the age of 69.
9. Siddhaanth Vir Surryavanshi
Known for his roles in Mamta and Kasautii Zindagii kay, Sidhhaant Vir Surryavanshi was a popular Indian television actor. He started out in Ekta Kapoor’s Kkusum and had a career spanning over 21 years. He was a beloved actor whose sudden death shocked millions. Like Raju Shrivastav, he too suffered a possible cardiac arrest on 11th November of this year while working out and passed away at the young age of 46
10. Tatineni Rama Rao
Tatineni Rama Rao was an Indian filmmaker who lived from 1938 to April 20, 2022. Between 1966 and 2000, he directed 75 Hindi and Telugu feature films. Rao began his cinema career as an assistant director for his cousin T. Prakash Rao and Kotayya Pratyagatma in the late 1950s, before making his directorial debut with the Telugu film Navarathri in 1966. Rao was “the man who created the ‘Madras cinema,’ or Hindi films backed primarily by southern wealth, as a viable commercial choice in the all-India market,” according to Encyclopaedia Britannica. Tatineni Rama Rao, a veteran Telugu cinema director, died in the early hours of April 20, 2022, at a private hospital in Chennai. He was 84 years old when he died.