Tuesday, September 30, 2008

For old times’ sake

After Lata Mangeshkar sent a message to ailing colleague Bhupen Hazarika, they met at the former’s residence on September 13
The 82-year-old Assamese veteran composer Bhupen Hazarika whose health has been rapidly declining had an unexpected surprise on his birthday on September 8. He received a message from Lata Mangeshkar saying she wanted to meet him. Not too many people get such an invitation from the Nightingale.
Confirming the news, Bhupen Hazarika’s protégée and companion, filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi said, “Dada (Bhupen Hazarika) and Lata didi go back a long long way. She has sung for him in Assamese Bengali and Hindi. Dada simply adores her. When he got the message from didi, it was like a signal from Heaven. They met after decades.”
Bhupen and Kalpana met Lata Mangeshkar at her residence at Prabhu Kunj on September 13.

Kalpana said, “The meeting was so emotional and genuine that I broke down. Didi was so concerned about Dada’s deteriorating health. She offered to help him at her hospital in Pune. She also said, ‘Dada, the film industry is falling apart. People like you and I are becoming legacies of the past.’ It was a meeting that Dada, who has always had a very soft corner for didi, will carry with him forever. On the way back from the meeting he told me, ‘I’m so blessed to have shared a friendship with someone as unique as Lata Mangeshkar.”

Celebrations for Lataji’s 79th birthday came to a standstill on Sunday when singer Mahendra Kapoor passed away a day before.
A close friend of Lataji said, “It’s not easy for her to see all those she has worked with pass away. This is why she decided to meet Bhupen Hazarika.”
( Source : Subhash K Jha , Mubai Mirror , Sep 30 ,2008)

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