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When Lata Mangeshkar Was Being Poisoned Slowly, Possibly By Her Servant

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With
a
string
of
hits
under
her
belt,
legendary
singer
Lata
Mangeshkar
had
already
cemented
her
position
as
one
of
the
most
popular
playback
singers
in
Hindi
cinema,
but
the
year
1962
brought
with
it
serious
health
worries
for
the
singer
and
the
shocking
news
of
her
being
“slowly
poisoned”

possibly
by
her
servant.
Bharat
Ratna
Lata
Mangeshkar,
92,
died
on
Sunday,
February
6
in
Mumbai’s
Breach
Candy
hospital,
her
death
drawing
curtains
to
a
glorious
eight
decades
long
career.

Recalling
the
incident
of
poisoning
in
her
60s
to
Nasreen
Munni
Kabir
in
the
book

Lata
Mangeshkar
in
Her
Own
Voice
,
the
music
icon
said
she
was
bedridden
for
three
months.
“In
1962,
I
fell
very
ill
for
about
three
months.
One
day,
I
woke
up
feeling
very
uneasy
in
my
stomach.
And
then
I
started
throwing
up

it
was
terrible,
the
vomit
was
a
greenish
colour.
The
doctor
came
and
even
brought
an
x-ray
machine
home
because
I
could
not
move.
He
X-rayed
my
stomach
and
said
I
was
being
slowly
poisoned,” Lata
Mangeshkar
said
in
the
book.

Mangeshkar,
in
a
free-wheeling
conversation
with
the
London-based
author
Nasreen
Munni
Kabir,
had
recalled
how
she
felt
so
weak
that
she
thought
she
would
never
be
able
to
sing
again.
After
hearing
the
shocking
news
of
her
being
slowly
poisoned,
her
sister
Usha
Mangeshkar
went
straight
into
the
kitchen
and
told
everyone
that
from
that
moment
on,
she
would
do
the
cooking
instead
of
the
servant.
Soon,
the
servant
sneaked
off
without
telling
anyone
and
“without
collecting
any
pay”,
claimed
the
veteran
singer.

When Lata Mangeshkar Was Being Poisoned Slowly,

“So
we
thought
someone
had
planted
him
there.
We
didn’t
know
who
it
was.
I
was
bed-ridden
for
three
months
and
was
so
weak,”
she
said,
adding
that
they
never
got
to
know
about
the
person
behind
it.

Recalling
those
difficult
times,
Mangeshkar
in
the
book
published
by
Niyogi
Books,
shared
how
noted
lyricist
Majrooh
Sultanpuri
kept
her
company
during
those
three
months.

“He
(Majrooh)
ate
whatever
I
ate
and
recited
poetry
and
read
me
stories.
We
talked
and
laughed
together.
I
thoroughly
enjoyed
his
company,”
she
said.

The
first
song
that
Lata
Mangeshkar
sang
after
her
recovery
was
Kahin
Deep
Jale
Kahin
Dil
from

Bees
Saal
Baad
,
composed
by
Hemant
Kumar.
A
smashing
hit
of
the
year,
it
won
the
singer
her
second
Filmfare
Award
for
playback
singing.

Story first published: Monday, February 7, 2022, 0:16 [IST]


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