Veteran singer M S Naseem dies

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Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 10 (PTI) Veteran Malayalam singer M S Naseem passed away at a private hospital here on Wednesday after prolonged illness.

Once a permanent presence in Doordarshan, Akashvani and other stage programmes, Naseem, used to enthral theaudience with his rendition of melodies of Mohammed Rafi and Baburaj.

He has sung in two films, besides rendering his voice for plays of many troupes.

In 1992, 1993, 1995 and 1997, he won the best mini screen singer award besidesthe Kerala Sangeeta Natak Akademi award for the best singer.

Naseem had suffered a stroke 16 years ago and was under treatment.

He is survived by wife and two daughters.

Condoling his death, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Naseem gained popularity through ganamelas which endeared him to people.

He had also organised stage and television shows and directed various documentaries. PTI UD ROH ROH