Indian singer Deepali Joshi dies in Kuwait accident

January 29, 2012

Deepali - Kuwait Times

Indian singer Deepali Joshi Shah died in a road accident in Kuwait on her way from the airport to the hotel, local media reported.

The renowned singer arrived in Kuwait for a show on Saturday organised by an exchange Company in cooperation with the Indian embassy to present a ‘Patriotic Song Only’ music programme’ as part of India’s 63rd Republic Day celebrations, Kuwait Times reported on Sunday.

The tragedy struck the singer and her manager after their arrival from Mumbai when a speeding vehicle hit their car from behind off the Airport Road, wrecking one side and killing Deepali on the spot.

Manager battling for his life

According to the daily, her manager Ishaal Naqvi, who sustained serious injuries in the accident, is battling for his life at Farwaniya Hospital intensive care unit.

The car driver and a companion were also injured in the accident.

“It is a very tragic and unfortunate incident,” Indian Ambassador Satish C Mehta told Kuwait Times, adding that the singer’s body will be flown to Mumbai once formalities are completed.

The concert was cancelled as a mark of respect for the popular singer who hails from Dharwad region of Karnataka. She is survived by husband Paresh Shah, a well-known Gujarati music composer, a sister and a brother.

Groomed by Pandit Sunil Borgaonkar, Deepali was recognised by music director Khayyam in the ‘Awaz ki Dunia’ show.

Big fame in the US

Inspired by India’s legendary singers Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle, Deepali gave countless performances across India and abroad. Her performances in Baltimore, Washington DC and New York earned her big fame in the US as well. She also brought out numerous music albums and videos, the daily said.

Before leaving for Kuwait, Deepali posted on her Facebook wall, “Off to Kuwait for two concerts … will be back on 29th to perform at Dinnanath, Vile Parle..Gonna be hectic… but I am excited.”

Her last post on Facebook, read like a final adieu to her fans. “Thank u so much for the wishes…”



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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