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Imagine ... early one morning I got a call from ... Lata Mangeshkar!

NEW DELHI India -- On her 87 birthday, on 28 September, LATA MANGESHKAR, flooded to my mind when I met her in Nairobi in 1971 when she arrived there for her singing safari,  writes Swami Anand Kul Bhushan.

At Jomo Kenyatta airport, I was the only journalist to interview her and spent about half an hour asking her about her life and work.
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'My friend and photographer,
Natu Chudasama, was very
much around to click some
great photos'

Surprised at her extremely soft and low voice, I wondered how she sang those high notes.

Yet she was charming and answered all questions with calm composure.

Even some controversial ones!

My friend and photographer, Natu Chudasama, was very much around to click some great photos and I was astonished when he posted this one on Facebook yesterday as it brought a flood of memories.
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'Astounded and thrilled, I
wondered what could be
the reason for this call.'

In those days of black, rotary telephones at my home, just image that early one morning I got a call and – wonder of wonders! - Lata was on the line!

Astounded and thrilled, I wondered what could be the reason for this call.

But she said she wanted to get my advice if she should sing a song in Swahili – the language of Kenya – during her concert in the evening.

Certainly, I replied.

It will be a major hit!

And she sang ‘Malaika’ to bring the house down!

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NAIROBI -- Lata Mangeshkar with Kul Bhushan at Jomo Kenyatta airport at the start of her singing safari in 1971 | Coastweek

NAIROBI Kenya -- Lata Mangeshkar with Kul Bhushan at Jomo Kenyatta airport at the start of her momentous 'Singing Safari' in 1971. PHOTO - NATU CHUDASAMA

Lata Mangeshkar at an event where she was honoured by Raj Thackeray. WIKIPEDIA PHOTO | Coastweek

NEW DELHI India -- Lata Mangeshkar at an event where she was honoured by Raj Thackeray. WIKIPEDIA PHOTO - WWW.BOLLYWOODHUNGAMA.COM

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• Lata Mangeshkar (born 28 September 1929) is an Indian playback singer, and occasional music-composer.

She is one of the best-known and most respected playback singers in India.

Mangeshkar’s career started in 1942 and has spanned over seven decades.

She has recorded songs for over a thousand Hindi films and has sung songs in over thirty-six regional Indian languages and foreign languages, though primarily in Marathi and Hindi.
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She is the elder sister of singers Asha Bhosle, Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar and Meena Mangeshkar.

India’s highest award in cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, was bestowed on her in 1989 by the Government of India.

She is the second vocalist, after M. S. Subbulakshmi, to have ever been awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour.

 
 

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