Mrunal Manmay Dash

From all the songs Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar had sung in her lifetime which brought her love from all corners of the globe, one song, rather a Bhajan, has remained unchecked on her bucket list.

It will be apt to say, the Coronavirus has stopped the Nightingale from singing a Jagannath Bhajan in Odia language, robbing her millions of fans in the State of a chance to hear her praising their beloved Lord.

As per reports, Lataji had a wish to sing a Jagannath Bhajan. Out of the eight songs composed for the purpose, the ‘Nightingale’ chose to sing one: “To sandhya darshana lagi balichi mana, re Chakanayana...”. The song was composed by Debitosh Acharya.

Speaking to OTV, lyricist Mohit Chakrabarty said, “I was elated when I knew that Lataji chose to sing the Bhajan written by me. We offered to record the Bhajan at her home as she was unwell at that time. But being a thorough professional, she insisted that she would record in a studio once she recovered.”

That could never happen. “The Coronavirus pandemic set in and whole country was pushed into a lockdown making it impossible to record anything. Gradually her health deteriorated further and her last wish to sing a Jagannath Bhajan remained unfulfilled,” Chakrabarty added.

Meanwhile, the legendary singer’s ashes were collected on Monday by her nephew Adinath Mangeshkar from Mumbai's Shivaji Park, where the she was cremated yesterday with full state honours.

The proceedings of the Rajya Sabha on Monday were adjourned for an hour as a mark of respect to the departed soul. Soon after the House assembled at 10 am, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu expressed sorrow at the passing away of Lata Mangeshkar. Her singing prowess has been as diverse as our country, he said.

Apart from receiving the country’s highest civilian award, The Bharat Ratna in 2001, Lataji was bestowed with several honours, like the Padma Bhushan in 1999, Rajiv Gandhi Award in 1997 and from many more awards for her songs. She was also awarded the Dada Saheb Phalke award in 1989.