It’s been a long time since I added a little “preview” or “coming attractions” post to my blog, but this time I feel it is necessary, because I don’t want anyone to think for a moment that this is a passing that I can ignore. But unfortunately, due to time-consuming obligations, it may take another couple of days (though possibly less time but maybe more) before my real tribute post appears.
I can’t claim that I have any childhood memories linked to Lata or can connect her to parents or grandparents or anyone like that. But she certainly has been a prominent voice for me during this period of nearly 15 years when I have been obsessively devoted to exploring old Indian films and film songs (especially those from the ’40s into the early ’60s – and, naturally, the era of my favorite Lata songs overlaps a lot with that time period, beginning in 1949).
My tribute will simply be a list of favorite songs, with a few comments or descriptions. Maybe, more specifically, it will be favorite dances (to songs sung by Lata). (That is a decision yet to be made.)
But, as some may have noticed, I have already dropped a reference to one of my favorite Lata songs in general – and a whole lot of other people’s, too. That one is “Aayega Anewala,” screen capped (from the corresponding scene in Mahal (1949)) in the present image header at the top of the blog. It was the first image that popped into my mind when I read of her death. (Or you might say when, alas, her boat had just left our shores.)
By the way, it is quite sad, and also disturbing, that her life was ultimately ended by COVID. (End of an era, certainly – and far too much a symptom of the present one, too.)
RIP, Lata Mangeshkar. To use another cliche, your voice certainly will live on forever!