When Asha Bhosle took Lata Mangeshkar’s autograph

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Asha Bhosle shows Lata Mangeshkar’s autograph. Photo: Genesis-BCW

Over the last three decades, Zee TV has been providing global platforms to Indians to showcase their singing, dancing, and acting talent. Their dance reality show, Dance India Dance (DID), revolutionized the landscape of dance in the country when it first began to air in 2009. Over the last 13 years, the platform has stood testimonial to the sheer passion and love that India holds towards dance. And Zee TV recently launched its top-rated reality show for the youngest dancing talent in the country—DID L’il Masters Season 5.

This week, the L’il Masters celebrate the life of the legendary Lata Mangeshkar in the presence of her sister, Asha Bhosle. While the young talents impressed Asha as much as the judges during the shoot, it was Asha’s surprising revelation that left everyone speechless.

When host Jay Bhanushali asked the late singer’s sister if she ever had a fan moment or if she took anyone’s autograph, she revealed that just before her sister passed away, she had taken the late singer’s signature on the pallu of her saree. Asha had even brought this saree of Lata on the set.

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As Asha said, “I have met some great personalities in my life, like Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and many more, but I have never asked for their autographs. I have only one person’s autograph, and that is Lata Mangeshkar. She called me inside her room when she was ill about six months back and said “Mujhse jo kuch chahiye, maang lo (Ask whatever you want from me).’ I was stunned, but after a while I asked her to give me her autograph on the pallu of one of her old sarees. I have even brought it with me today, as this is the most prized possession of my life and I don’t think that anything else can ever surpass it. I asked her to sign on the pallu so that it is visible to everyone whenever I choose to wear it.”

Much has been made about the Lata-Asha professional rivalry for decades now, but the two sisters had reportedly been always close.

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