Meera Dev Burman was a renowned singer

Mumbai: Legendary music director Sachin Dev Burman’s wife, renowned singer Meera Dev Burman, who was in the news recently for languishing at an old-age home here, died on Monday after prolonged illness. She was 84.

“Pancham’s (R.D. Burman) mother was seriously ill since the death of her husband, acclaimed music director S.D. Burman. Pancham took care of her till his death,” Meera’s daughter-in-law and noted playback singer Asha Bhosle told reporters here.

“Her condition was deteriorating over the years due to advanced age and had to be frequently hospitalised. I had just brought her from Lilavati Hospital, two days ago, to her Santacruz home.

She passed away at 5:00 a.m. this morning.” Ms. Bhosle had shifted Meera to Sharan, an old-age home for rehabilitation of paraplegics in Mumbai’s Vashi area, about seven months ago.

However, she was moved to R.D. Burman’s house in September.

Meera Roy was born in Comilla in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in March, 1923 and later settled in South-end Park in Kolkata.

She was a music student of Amita Sen, who was trained in Rabindranath Tagore’s Shantiniketan.

S.D. Burman, born in the royal family of Tripura, fell in love with Meera when they met at the All India Music Conference in Allahabad in 1937.

She became Burman’s student and married him the same year. S.D. Burman died in 1975. R. D. Burman died in 1994.— PTI