India’s legend, the owner of most melodious voice in the world, Lata Mangeshkar is all shattered over the death of India’s former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Asia’s Nightingale Lata Mangeshkar shared a very close bonding with him, she said:
“He was like my father. He called me Beti. I called him Dadda. I feel I’ve lost my father all over again. When I saw the glow on his face, his persuasive oratorical powers and his love for the arts, I was always reminded of my father (the legendary musician-stage actor Pandit Dinanath Mangeshkar). When I was a child many national leaders and politicians would visit my home. Vir Savarkar was one of them. Atalji reminded me of Vir Savarkar. He was a noble soul. No words of praise can do justice to him. Atalji was never short of words. But I am.”
Talking about her bonding with him, she said,
“He was very close to me, and I to him. When we Mangeshkars inaugurated a hospital in Pune in my name, I asked Atalji to do the inauguration. He happily agreed and gave a rousing speech — as usual — where he said he was in a dilemma as he thought naming a hospital after me was not right. There should be a music academy named after Lata Mangeshkar, not a hospital. Now what do I say? That people should fall sick so that this hospital named after my Beti would run?’ His speeches were works of art. There is not one orator in Indian politics, or for that matter in India, to match Atalji.”
According to Lata Ji, there is no any Indian political leader who speaks like him. India has lost a Bharat Ratana. She said,
“Dadda was a man with a vision. He could see the future. His speeches were works of art. When he spoke, the nation listened. I still have his speeches on my mobile phone. I can listen to them for hours. In his going India has been orphaned. But then, if he was in so much pain it would’ve been selfish of us to hold him back. He is now relieved of all pain probably regaling the gods with his oration.”
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