Asha Bhosle, remembering her sister, recalls how the legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar was once offered a lot of money to sing at a wedding, but she rejected it.
Refused to sing at a wedding
Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar was once offered to sing at a wedding but she refused because she did not want to. Her sister and veteran singer Asha Bhosle disclosed this while speaking at the first Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award ceremony held in Mumbai.
Asha Bhosle said, “Someone invited us for a wedding. They had tickets worth a million dollars or pounds. They said they wanted Asha Bhosle and Lata Mangeshkar. Didi asked me ‘will you sing at a wedding?’ I said I won’t and she then told the rep, ‘We will not sing even if offered 10 crore dollars, because we do not sing at weddings’. That person was very disappointed.”
The 88-year-old also recalled how Lata always supported the cause of singers in the film industry. She assured that singers be named on the records. She also recalled a childhood memory when Lata once asked her to wash their parents’ feet and drink the water. “We drank it, and the blessings from that continue to be with us even today,” Asha said. Also, the veteran singer recalled how Lata had once performed despite suffering from a 104-degree fever.
Lata Mangeshkar, 92, died on February 6, following multiple organ failures. After starting her career at the age of 13 in 1942, she worked in the industry for more than seven decades.
The first Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award ceremony took place in Mumbai on Sunday and Prime Minister Narendra Modi accepted the first Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar Award for his selfless service to the nation.