The Real Anthony Gonsalves

Amar Akbar Anthony the hit bollywood movie in the 1977 had a song “My name is Anthony Gonsalves” in which the character Anthony Gonsalves played by Amitabh Bachchan comes out of an Easter Egg.

“Anthony Gonsalves…passes away….talented musician with LP and on his name my character name for Anthony was put..prayers,” the 69-year-old superstar posted on Twitter.

Legendary music composer Anthony Gonsalves died at a hospital after a bout of pneumonia, family sources said today. The end came last night at the Goa Medical College and Hospital, where he was admitted and undergoing treatment. He was 84 then.

Real Anthony Gonsalves on left and Character Anthony Gonsalves

Gonsalves became a household name after Big B’s My name is Anthony Gonsalves, a song dedicated by Pyarelal to his real life ‘guru’.

The late musician, who orchestrated music for several Hindi songs during the 50s and 60s contributed to hit films like Mahal, Naya Daur and Dillagi among others.

The veteran musician was named as one of India’s finest violinists in his time and worked with legends like S D Burman and Laxmikant-Pyarelal.

He left for Mumbai in 1943 as a child, when he played violin at the church in his village. Gonsalves later made a name for himself after he orchestrated music for songs like Jyoti Kalash Zhalke.

His musical arrangements in Hum aapki aankhon mein in Pyaasa and Ayega aane wala in Mahal are considered among his best works.

He returned to his native place in Majorda in South Goa in 1983 and lived a life away from glory.

His last rites would be conducted today as the family is awaiting the arrival of his son, based in UK. He is survived by his daughter Laxmi, who is a painter by profession.

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