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Saturday, November 9, 2013
friendship between Lata Mangeshkar and Sivaji Ganesan,two legends in Indian Cinema
When Ashaji was in Chennai, she happened to watch the Tamil film, Paava Mannippu. When she returned to Mumbai, she told her family that they had to see a Tamil actor called Sivaji Ganesan. So they watched Paava Mannippu at the Aurora theatre (in King's Circle, north-central Mumbai). It was the first Tamil film that they had seen.
During the interval, they realised all of them were crying even though no one understood a word of Tamil. All of them felt he (Sivaji Ganesan) reminded them of their father Dinanath Mangeshkar.
The next day, they contacted my father through HMV (the music label) and flew to Chennai to meet him. They came home, hugged him, tied rakhis and started crying.
chennai: well known playback singer lata mangeshkar on wednesday called on the family members of thespian sivaji ganesan, who died here on last saturday, and expressed her condolences. lata.jpg lata, who arrived here from mumbai, with the sole purpose of meeting members of the family, drove straight to the residence of the late actor. later, she told reporters in hindi that she would have been delighted if the late actor had been conferred the 'bharata ratna.' she also recalled her stay with the family during previous visits to the city and said both their families shared a close rapport.
'Every year I used to tie a raakhi on Sivajisaab'
Every Diwali, we would get sarees and other gifts from him.
Professionally, I sang in his Hindi production Raakhi. Recently I recorded a song for Ilayaraja for his son Ramkumar's Tamil film, Anand.
Both Ramkumar and Prabhu, his star son, are close to us and make it a point to meet us whenever they come down to Bombay.
My last meeting with him was a few months back at a Hyderabad awards function where we both received awards.
Legends like him are born once in a blue moon.