Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar was honoured with the Swara Mauli title by spiritual guru Vidya Narsimha Bharati Swami last evening here. Mangeshkar, 88, was conferred with the award at her residence Prabhu Kunj at Peddar Road in south Mumbai. All pictures/Yogen Shah
Dressed in her signature white sari while receiving the honour, the "Paani Paani Re" famed singer told media that it was an honour for her for being considered for title
Her sister singer Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar and brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar were present at the occasion. Lata Mangeshkar said, "And the fact that my name came to Jagatguru Shankaracharya's mind for the honour and his coming to honour me personally makes me feel very blessed. It is not something that you receive every day and I am truly grateful to him for this blessing."
Having a career of more than six decades and being the recipient of the 'Bharat Ratna', 'Dadasaheb Phalke Award', among several other awards, the 'Queen of Melody' said, "Every award is special for me because people have given me award out of love and respect for my work."
Her brother composer Hridaynath added, "Shankaracharya has ordained our father with the Sangeet Ratna title and I was bestowed with Bhaav Gandharva. Now, he has honoured Lata di with Swara Mauli. This is her second title after Swara Bharati and we all feel truly privileged."
Asha Bhosle said she takes pride to born as her sister. "She is one of the icons of our nation and no one can be like her. I am happy for her. I am also thankful for almighty to send me to a family of great singers. My brother and sisters are celebrated singers," Bhosle added
Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar says that as a child she had "so much energy" that her mother had a very tough time curbing her enthusiasm
Remembering her mother on Mother's Day on Sunday, Lata Mangeshkar said: "I have vivid memories of my mother even when I was 3 or 4. I remember the exact colour of the sari she wore, the design of her earrings, the rings on her toes… I remember every detail of my childhood, especially the times I shared with my mother
Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar was on Saturday honoured with "Swara Mauli" title by spiritual guru Vidya Narsimha Bharati Swami at her residence in 'Prabhu Kunj'. We have pictures