Panaji: Veteran music composer and a Goan orchestra maestro Anthony Gonsalves, 84, to whom the Bollywood song "My Name is Anthony Gonsalves" was dedicated, died at a hospital here after a bout of pneumonia, family sources said on Thursday.

The end came last night at the Goa Medical College and Hospital, where he was admitted and undergoing treatment.
    
 Gonsalves, 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 aaane wala' in Mahal are considered among his best works.

 Gonsalves became a household name after the 1977 film 'Amar Akbar Anthony', which featured Amitabh Bachchan singing "My name is Anthony Gonsalves", a song dedicated by Pyarelal to his real life 'guru'.

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 on Thursday 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.

(Agencies)