Shillong: Celebrated singer and music exponent of Meghalaya, Rana Kharkongor passed away at the (NEIGRIHMS) here on Friday morning.
The renowned singer, who was 69 years of age, had tested positive for COVID-19 and was under treatment at a super specialty hospital.
An acclaimed Khasi lyricist and singer, who was also a script writer, producer and director of films, Late Kharkongor was a legend in his lifetime and had pioneered innumerable music albums based on a host of themes including rural life.
The eminent and immensely popular artist, who who performer regularly for national broadcasters- All India Radio and Doordarshan, was a recipient of several awards, including the prestigious Meghalaya State Award, the U Tirot Sing Syiem Award for Arts and Mondon Bareh Award among others.
The mortal remains of the maestro were laid to rest at the cemetery of Church of Jesus Christ, Mawlai Mawroh here this evening.
Meanwhile, Information and Public Relations Minister, James Sangma has condoled the death of noted singer.
“Saddened to learn the demise of Bah Rana Kharkongor, the forerunner of Khasi music. Meghalaya has lost an icon in the field of arts but we are proud of the legacy he left behind,” Sangma tweeted, while extending his sincere condolences to his family, friends and the community he represents.