Sandeep Acharya laid to rest, family in shock

‘Indian Idol 2 winner’ Sandeep Acharya was cremated at his native place, Bikaner on 16th December, 2013. The 29 year old singer succumbed to jaundice on Sunday, 15th December, 2013 in a private hospital in Gurgaon, Haryana. He had been battling the disease since the past few days. He was shifted there after his condition deteriorated, leading to his demise.  He is survived by his wife Namrata and infant daughter.

Thousands thronged the Chokhuti cremation ground to bid farewell to the talented singer. His last rites were performed by his cousin Naveen Acharya. His father could not hold himself together as he watched his son’s mortal remains being consigned to flames.

The funeral procession was attended by numerous people including family, friends and fans. They included singers Raja Hassan of ‘Sa Re Ga Ma’ fame and Pooja Chatterjee of ‘Indian Idol 3’ fame. His wife was still in a state of shock as she was still unable to accept the fact that her husband was no more.  Ever since her caesarean operation last month, she was still undergoing treatment. In honour of the singer, tradesmen kept their shops closed as a mark of tribute. The hosts, judges and contestants of the ‘Indian Idol’ show also expressed their condolence over the sad event. Sonu Nigam, one of the judges on the show ‘Indian Idol 2’ posted on twitter, ‘Sandeep Acharya died? Oh my God... I’m so sad. What a beautiful soul. The boy was just 29... God give his parents some strength.’ Co judge Farah Khan said, ‘It’s too sad to hear of Sandeep Acharya, winner of ‘Indian Idol 2’ and my favourite. Passing away. Such a gentle boy he was. Not his time to go.’ Host Mini Mathur said, ‘What a sad premature goodbye to a talented, ambitious happy boy.’

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje expressed her condolences saying, ‘It was the most unfortunate and untimely death of the young talent.’ Former Rajasthan Chief minister Ashok Gehlot said he could not believe that such a talented young singer was no more. He brought fame to Rajasthan by winning Indian Idol 2’.

Ronaklal Gupta, a wholesale trader in Bikaner said, ‘ Hamarey Bikaner ka beta tha (He was the son of our city Bikaner).

Sandeep Acharya had quite a few accolades to his name. Playback singer by profession, he had won an award for best new Bollywood talent in New Jersey, USA. He also won the Sur Aradhna award for the best upcoming male singer category.