Speaking to Republic TV, veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar shared her memories with the former late Prime Minister, Atal Bihar Vajpayee. Vajpayee passed away at the age of 93 on Thursday, August 16 at AIIMS, Delhi. The veteran singer who is fondly known as the Queen of Melody has expressed she was deeply saddened when she got to know about the demise of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Talking about the rapport she shared with the former late Prime Minister, Mangeshkar said, "Atal Ji was as good as my father, he treated me as his daughter and I used to fondly call him 'Dadda'."
The singer said that the feeling she had on hearing the news of Vajpayee's demise was similar to the feeling she had when her father Deenanath Mangeshkar passed away "When he passed away, I felt as bereaved as I did when my father passed away."
Elaborating on her bond with Vajpayee, Mangeshkar said, "I can never forget the conversations that we have had, however, we have not met that often. It felt good everytime we met."
When asked about which was one of her favourite poems by Vajpayee, the singer replied,"I like all over her poems, I have read them and sang them too. However, there was one song that was kept off the record which is 'Than Gayi Maut Se Than Gayi'. Let me tell you that this is the song that I like the most."
Remembering the tenth Prime Minister of India, Mangeshkar said, "He was a good politician but an even better human being. He would treat everybody he met with respect and if he would be overwhelmed with some's difficulties, he would try to help them in any way that he could. He used to love everybody."
Remembering one such incident, Mangeshkar spoke about the time when he Vajpayee had been to Pune to inaugurate a hospital set up by the singer. Describing the incident Mangeshkar said, "He had come to Pune to inaugurate my hospital. When he arrived at the venue, he said, 'I am very happy to see the hospital, and I wish this hospital works well. But If I say that the hospital must work well that would mean that there would be a lot of patients coming in, that would mean that there would be a lot of people falling ill.' he said this and started laughing." The singer added, "It was his wish and he said it that day that I should open a music academy in my name instead of opening a hospital."
Expressing her thoughts about Vajpayee, the singer said, " He had this very special way of saying something. I used to listen to his speeches and I really like his speeches. He used to speak very well and used to make use of pure Hindi. I have never seen him wear a pant, I have always seen him wearing a dhoti, Kurta and a Jacket."
Talking about the Atal Bihari Vajpayee that she knew, Lata Mangeshkar said, "His poetries that I have sung, there are not much but they are really good. Each of his poetries will make you feel how alone he was and what he was trying to say. He had once said that 'What did I lose and what did I gain'. At some point of a time, he really seemed like a saint, and his way of thinking was really different from others. He wouldn't talk much, but one could make out how lonely he was and this could be observed from his poetries too. His poems also motivated one to think that there was no obstacle in life that one could not get through."
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