No stranger to adoration and idealization, Asia’s most accomplished playback singer Lata Mangeshkar has just been honoured by a fan in Argentina named Santiago Lopez who has named a variety of rose after the singer. The singer-extraordinaire is grateful to such admirers who have hero-worshipped her for 70 years.
“It’s the love of the people that keeps an artiste going,” asserts Lataji. “Nahin toh hum kab ke peeche reh jaate (otherwise I’d have been left behind long ago). Naming such a beautiful flower after me shows this gentleman’s admiration for my songs. I couldn’t ask for more,” says Lataji, recalling innumerable instances of lingering fan-worship.
And which is the greatest honour she has ever received? “It has to be the Bharat Ratna. That one award defines the love of all Indians for me and my singing.”
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