The Passing of Lata Mangeshkar
By Brahmatirtha Das | Feb 12, 2022
The legendary singer and most recorded artist on this planet (Guinness World Records) handed away on February 6, 2022 on the age of 92. I had the nice fortune of assembly her in 1976 and spending a number of hours one on one along with her over a three-day interval.
In the summer time of 1976, I acquired a name from Jagatpurusa das from Mumbai. He stated that Lata (she informed me to name her by her first title) and Mukesh had been coming to Houston to carry out in a live performance and requested if I may prepare every day prasad for her and Mukesh. Lata and Mukesh (and help employees) stayed on the Greenway Plaza Hotel (now a Doubletree) positioned in an workplace complicated, coincidentally the identical complicated the place I labored. I took this as an ideal alternative to offer prasadam to a legend. I introduced them lunch for the three days of her keep and in addition carried alongside a Fairchild transportable projector to indicate her the most recent motion pictures by Yadubara Prabhu.
Lata and Mukesh relished the flicks. After the exhibiting, Lata and I had a personal dialog. She revealed that every one the film love songs she sings are simply her obligation however her solely actual love is bhajans. Lata stated it with such conviction and with tears in her kindly eyes. Even although she was one of the vital recorded singers on this planet, her humility and devotion had been hanging and palpable. Lata additionally privately talked about that Mukesh had little curiosity or religion in bhajans and I ought to converse with him. On the next day, Mukesh and I went on a protracted stroll. Later that day, Lata informed me that his coronary heart had modified, and he agreed to take up chanting bhajans starting that very day.
Two weeks later, whereas on tour in Detroit, Mukesh died of a coronary heart assault. Due to the kindness and concern of Lata he had a change of coronary heart earlier than his premature dying at 53 years.
Lata was a pal of ISKCON and a beautiful Vaishnavi with the voice of a nightingale.