Telangana folk musician V Saichander passed away on Thursday at a Hyderabad super specialty hospital after experiencing a cardiac arrest. He was 39.

After complaining of discomfort, Saichander was admitted to a private hospital in his hometown of Nagarkurnool. He was later sent to the Hyderabad Hospital, where he passed away.

Saichander leaves behind his wife and two kids.

Saichander joined Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) following the creation of Telangana and was appointed chairman of the State Warehousing Corporation. The singer, better known by his stage name Saichand, will be remembered for his contribution to the Telangana separate state movement’s cultural movement through his folk songs. Prior to the bifurcation in June 2014, he attended nearly all of the significant protests and agitations on a regular basis for almost three years.

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao expressed profound shock on Thursday over the sudden demise of Saichander, whom he referred to as a people’s artist. The CM said Saichand’s role during the Telangana cultural movement will remain immortal and remembered his contribution through his songs during the cultural movement in the second phase of the Telangana struggle. The CM said his public meetings would not have been possible without Saichand’s cultural programs.

KCR condoled the death and said he is distressed that Saichand died at an early age. “Telangana society lost a great singer and artist,” the Chief Minister said, adding that Saichand possessed exceptional talent as a singer from his childhood.

The chief minister added, “The demise of Saichand, who ignited the spirit of the Telangana movement in the previous years and awareness of development through his songs over the last few years, is an irreparable loss.”

Categorized in: