Violinist recalls Lata Mangeshkar’s humility during their last conversation
MUMBAI: Bollywood violinist and musician Deepak Pandit feels blessed to have had a brief chat with Lata Mangeshkar before India’s Nightingale fell ill. He was about to release his album with classical Hindustani singer Pratibha Singh Baghel, entitled “Inheritance”, which he dedicated to her.
Pandit and Lataji worked together on several projects, including “Sajda”, the 1991 album by the late ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh and music icon. When discussing his upcoming album with Lataji, she said “Inheritance”, which will be released on February 14 on the Sufiscore web platform, was “a great idea”.
Hearing this, Pandit had said, “Lata Didi, you have showered us with your blessings. I hope your blessings will stay with us all our lives.”
Lataji’s answer will remain etched in Pandit’s heart for the rest of his life. He remembers his words: “I hope everyone loves me and I’m so grateful that I can’t describe the emotions in words. It’s so sweet that people like you stay so connected with me. “
Responding to Lataji’s gracious reply, Pandit told him, “Please don’t thank me. It’s an honor for me to say ‘thank you’. memories of the times we worked together, the conversations we had. I am blessed to have you as my mentor and guide. My only wish is to have your blessings with me all my life.
Pandit was in Dubai when they had this conversation. He ended it by expressing the hope that he would meet her as soon as he returned to India.” He will never be able to fulfill this wish.