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Lata Mangeshkar thanks Narendra Modi, Sachin Tendulkar for wishes on 87th birthday

Other than the PM, President Ram Nath Kovind, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Sachin Tendulkar, Shabana Azmi, Rishi Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar also extended their best wishes to Lata Mangeshkar.

music Updated: Sep 28, 2017 14:30 IST
HT Correspondent
Lata Mangeshkar turned 87 today.
Lata Mangeshkar turned 87 today.

India’s most cherished singer Lata Mangeshkar turns 88 on Thursday. On the occasion of her birthday, PM Narendra Modi wished her on Twitter. Other than the PM, President Ram Nath Kovind, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Sachin Tendulkar, Shabana Azmi, Rishi Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar also extended their best wishes.

Replying to PM Modi’s tweet, Lata Mangeshkar wrote, “Aadarniya Narendra bhai. Aap hamesha snehpurn shbhkaamanayein dete hai.aap ka sneh aap ki is behen ke parti aise hi bana rahe.”

Shabana said we were all ‘fortunate’ to live in a world in which the singer exists. “Us duniya mein jeena jis mein @mangeshkarlata rehti hain - khushkimet hain hum sab. Salgirah Mubarak Lataji,” she wrote.

Rishi Kapoor took to Twitter and said, “Wishing you the greatest birthday today. God Bless you and thank you for all great work you have given us!,” while Sachin shared a photo with the acclaimed singer. “Happy birthday, @mangeshkarlata Didi. We are fortunate to be blessed by your voice in this world. Wishing you good health!” he wrote.

In an interview with HT, Lata Mangeshkar fondly called Didi, talked about what birthday means to her. She said, “To be honest, ever since I was a kid, I was never excited about birthdays. It remains the same even now. In fact, whenever anyone would celebrate my birthday, I would get a bit sad (laughs).”

She added, “As a kid, on my birthdays, someone would get me a new frock, and my mother would perform aarti and give me something sweet to eat. That was the only ‘birthday celebration’ during our childhood. Later on, due to our circumstances, celebrating birthdays became out of question. Now, I can celebrate my birthday, but I haven’t forgotten what happened in the past. So, I have never been kicked about birthdays. Maybe, others could be but not me.”

The musical journey that started for her at age 13 is still continued.