The singer looks back on the moments he spent with the hidden legend, and takes us back to when they last spoke on the call.
Apart from many devotional songs, singers Anup Jalota and Lata Mangeshkar have recorded the song Sola Paras Ki Pali Umar (Ek Duje Ke Liye; 1981). Jalota, who shares a very close professional and personal balance with the late singer on Sunday, recalled the good times they spent together.
He shares, “I spent some beautiful moments with her, be it on stage or in the recording studio. We had some great conversations about food and watched cricket together.
Recalling an episode, Jalota shares, “Years ago, he hosted a show in the UK. I was there for some work and went to attend a concert. When she found out I was there, she announced it on the microphone and invited me on stage to sing with her.
Singer Aisi Lagi Lagan and Rang De Chunariya regret not being able to meet each other for the past two years, but appreciate what they last spoke on the phone. Jalota tells us, “She will call me and sing for her. She would message me old songs. I last spoke to her three months ago. She called me when I was teaching music to my students. He shared some encouraging words with them and blessed them too.
Ask him a quiz about how he wants to remember Mangeshkar and he says, “Samay Samay Pe Bhagavan Avatar Lethe Hai. Unhone Saraswati Ka Avatar Lia Tha. She came like a goddess and showed the way. Only Lata Ji can be as perfect as the Goddess. He has given 100% to every song he has sung and you will notice it when you listen to it. You will never find any flaw in her songs.