Neil Nongkynrih

Shillong Chamber Choir Founder Neil Nongkynrih Passes Away

January 6, 2022

Neil Nongkynrih, a renowned concert pianist and the founder, mentor, and conductor of Shillong Chamber Choir died on January 4, 2021, evening in Mumbai.

Nongkynrih and his choir have been living in Mumbai since November 2021.

"He was admitted at the hospital yesterday and passed away in the evening today after a surgery," reported news agency PTI quoting a spokesperson of the group.

Neil Nongkynrih's family and admirers received condolences from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PM Modi said in a tweet that Neil Nongkynrih was a "outstanding mentor to the Shillong Chamber Choir," and that his creativity will be remembered.

"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," the PM said in a tweet.

His mortal remains will be delivered on January 7, 2021, and his funeral will be held on January 8, 2021.

Neil Nongkynrih was born on July 9, 1970, in Singapore, to former minister AH Scott Lyngdoh and Elvirial Nongkynrih.

Neil's passion for music began at a tender age.

His musical career took off in 1988 when he moved to the United Kingdom to study music.

Nongkynrih studied music at London's Trinity College and Guildhall School of Music.

He performed as a concert pianist in the United Kingdom on numerous occasions.

Nongkynrih returned to India in 2001 and founded the Shillong Chamber Choir (SCC).

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