We are halfway into 2022, and we have already lost some of the most eminent individuals in the Indian celebrity and artistic fabric. These losses have damaged us irreparably as a nation. From musical legends to the heroes of journalism, the gaps that their deaths have left can never be replenished. Here are the famous Indian people who died in 2022:
Lata Mangeshkar was an Indian playback vocalist and songwriter who worked in the film industry. She is widely acknowledged as one of India’s greatest and most influential vocalists. Over the course of a seven-decade career, she has been dubbed “Queen of Melody,” “Nightingale of India,” and “Voice of the Millennium” for her contributions to the Indian music business. 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. Bappi 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.
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.
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.
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 began his career singing commercial jingles and debuted in a film with an A.R. Rahman score. Pal, his debut album, was released in 1999. “Tadap Tadap Ke Is Dil Se” from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999), the Tamil song “Apadi Podu,” “Dola Re Dola” from Devdas (2002), “Kya Mujhe Pyaar Hai” from Woh Lamhe… (2006), “Aankhon Mein Teri” from Om Shanti Om (2007), and others were among his most popular songs. KK gave a live music event at Nazrul Mancha auditorium in South Kolkata on May 31, 2022, as part of the Gurudas College festival. He returned to his hotel in Esplanade after the show. On the way back to his hotel following his performance, he complained of feeling unwell and suffered a heart attack. He passed out, and attempts to resuscitate him at the hotel were futile. After 10:30 p.m., he was transported to the Calcutta Medical Research Institute (CMRI), where he was pronounced dead.
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.
Pandit Shivkumar Sharma was a santoor player and Indian classical musician who is credited for modifying the instrument for Indian classical music. He partnered with Indian flutist Hariprasad Chaurasia as Shiv–Hari, and wrote music for a number of Indian films, including Faasle (1985), Chandni (1989), and Lamhe (1990). (1991). Sharma died of a heart arrest on May 10, 2022. He was 84 years old when he died. He had been suffering from kidney failure for a few months and was on dialysis on a regular basis. On May 11, 2022, he was given a state funeral at the Pawan Hans Juhu aerodrome in Mumbai. One of the most famous Indian people who died in 2022, his death created a huge hole in the world of music.
8. T 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.
9. Kamal Khan
After suffering a heart attack on January 14, 2022, NDTV’s Kamal Khan, a senior and award-winning journalist noted for his great reporting on Uttar Pradesh politics and eloquent language, died at his home in Lucknow. For more than three decades, Kamal Khan worked for NDTV. He will be remembered as a legendary reporter whose work was noted for its perceptiveness and integrity, as well as the literary dexterity with which he communicated hard realities.
10. Salim Ghouse
Salim Ahmad Ghouse was an Indian actor, director, and martial artist who worked in films, television, and theatre. He’s appeared in films in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and English. Salim Ghouse is most known for his roles in the TV series Subah and in Shyam Benegal’s Bharat Ek Khoj as Rama, Krishna, and Tipu Sultan. He has also appeared in the television series Wagle Ki Duniya. He played the villain in the Tamil film Vettri Vizhaa, directed by Pratap Pothen, as Kamal Haasan’s competitor in 1989. He co-starred alongside Mohanlal in Bharathan’s famous Malayalam film Thazhvaram. Salim Ghouse died in Mumbai on April 28, 2022, after having a heart arrest. He was 70 years old.
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.
12. Abhijit Sen
Indian economist Abhijit Sen, 26 November 1950- 29 August 2022 was specialized in researching rural development. Between 2004 and 2014, Sen served as a member of India’s Planning Commission and held a number of other policy-making positions in that country. His writings included suggestions for the creation of a universal public distribution system and a minimum support price for farm produce. In 2010, Sen was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian honor.
13. Cyrus Mistry
Cyrus Pallonji Mistry, 4 July 1968 – 4 September 2022, was an Indian businessman. He served as the chairman of the Tata Group from 2012 to 2016. He was the sixth chairman of the group. The National Integration Council included him as a member. On September 4, 2022, he died in a car crash on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai highway. The forensic investigation team identified poor road design near the bridge as the accident’s primary cause.
14. Raju Srivastav
Satya Prakash Srivastav, also known by the stage names Raju Srivastav and Gajodhar, was an Indian comedian, actor, and politician who died on 21 September 2022. He has supported the Bharatiya Janata Party since 2014. He moved to Mumbai in the 1980s to work in the Hindi film industry, he appeared in Baazigar, Bombay to Goa, and Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya and many others. He participated in “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge” where he secured second place. In its spin-off programme The Great Indian Laughter Challenge – Champions, he was named “The King of Comedy.” He performed live stand-up comedy frequently.
15. Arun Bali
Indian actor Arun Bali, who died on October 7, 2022, appeared in a large number of movies and TV shows. He played the role of King Porus in the 1991 historical drama Chanakya, Kunwar Singh in the Doordarshan soap opera Swabhimaan, and Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, the Chief Minister of undivided Bengal, in the contentious and the movie Hey Ram. He gained notoriety in the 2000s for playing “grandfatherly” roles, such as Harshvardhan Wadhwa in Kumkum, and even won awards for them. At the age of 79, he passed away at home in a Mumbai suburb on October 7, 2022, after receiving treatment for myasthenia gravis.
Mulayam Singh Yadav founded The Samajwadi Party and was also an Indian politician, socialist, and activist. In addition to serving three nonconsecutive terms as Uttar Pradesh’s chief minister, he was also India’s minister of defense. The veteran politician was a well-known figure of his era in Indian politics. Being the Member of Parliament, he represented the Mainpuri constituency in the Lok Sabha. Earlier, he had also represented the Azamgarh, Sambhal, and Kannauj constituencies. By party officials and members, he was frequently referred to as Netaji, which is Hindi for “respected leader.” He died on October 10, 2022.
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
18. Vikram Gokhale
Vikram Gokhale was a renowned Marathi and Hindi theatre artist and film star and the son of famous Marathi theatre and film actor Chandrakant Gokhale. Vikram Gokhale played several important roles in both the Hindi and the Marathi film industry and also had a directorial debut with the Marathi film Aaghat. He sadly passed away on 26th November 2022 after facing multiple organ failure. The loss of such a gem was felt severely by stars of both industries.
We hope that all of these valuable individuals rest in peace, and forever be remembered for their contributions to the subcontinent and always be revered for them.