I couldn’t hold back my tears after receiving Lata Mangeshkar’s blessing: Ankhi Alamgir


Reminiscing about meeting Lata Mangeshkar, Ankhi Alamgir said, “We met Lata Mangeshkar in 2017. We went to India to record a song for the movie called ‘Ekti Cinemar Golpo’.

06 February 2022, 16:25

Last modification: 06 February 2022, 18:34

Ankhi Alamgir with Lata Mangeshkar. Photo: courtesy

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Ankhi Alamgir with Lata Mangeshkar. Photo: courtesy

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar breathed her last today, February 6, 2022, after being hospitalized for over a month.

From politicians to artists, all paid tribute to the queen of melody of the Indian subcontinent.

Bangladeshi singer Ankhi Alamgir met Lata Mangeshkar about five years ago with the help of another popular Bangladeshi singer, Runa Laila.

Lata Mangeshkar with Ankhi Alamgir and Runa Laila. Photo: courtesy

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Lata Mangeshkar with Ankhi Alamgir and Runa Laila.  Photo: courtesy

Lata Mangeshkar with Ankhi Alamgir and Runa Laila. Photo: courtesy

Reminiscing about meeting Lata Mangeshkar, Ankhi Alamgir said, “We met Lata Mangeshkar in 2017. We went to India to record a song for the movie called ‘Ekti Cinemar Golpo’.

Ankhi Alamgir skipped a show in Australia on March 26 because she was due to meet Lata Mangeshkar the next day.

She quit the Australian show and traveled to India as she didn’t want to miss the chance to meet Lata Mangeshkar. The singer couldn’t sleep the night before because she had butterflies in her stomach.

“I couldn’t sleep all night. I can’t say how much I love her. I grew up hearing Lata Mageshkar’s songs on the radio and memorizing them. I can’t- I may not sing all his songs but I know them very well,” Ankhi Alamgir shared.

“Lata Mangeshkar may have millions of fans, but I’m one of those lucky fans who had the opportunity to see her in person,” she added.

Ankhi Alamgir even remembers the exact moment she met Lata Mangeshkar.

“We had a 30-minute slot to meet Lata Mangeshkar on March 27 at 4 p.m. I felt anxious and thought that Lata might cancel our meeting. Before entering Lata’s house in Mumbai, I I even thought that someone might come and say that she is not available at the moment,” recalls Ankhi.

“We waited for her for about 10-15 minutes at her residence. The moment I saw her with my own eyes, it was surreal. Runa aunty introduced her to me. I sat on the floor in front of Lata ji and I kept holding her hands the whole time,” Ankhi recalled.

“After seeing this, Aunt Runa made a witty remark saying ‘you have a lot of courage for holding Lata ji’s hands. I said a legendary singer like Lata ji is sitting in front of me. I can’t miss the chance to hold her hand. I can’t put into words how I felt that day, I felt like I was stuck in a bubble,” she recalls.

Lata Mangeshkar with Ankhi Alamgir and Runa Laila. Photo: courtesy

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Lata Mangeshkar with Ankhi Alamgir and Runa Laila.  Photo: courtesy

Lata Mangeshkar with Ankhi Alamgir and Runa Laila. Photo: courtesy

“Lata ji lives in a simple house with her whole family. There are no ostentatious elements in her. We had a long talk with Lata ji that day. Instead of 30 minutes, Lata ji spent two and a half hours with us. adds Ankhi.

“Besides sharing stories about several artists including Kishore Kumar, Lata ji also impersonated many singers in front of us. She has an amazing sense of humor and speaks in a fascinating way.

I couldn’t stop the tears from flowing from my eyes as Lata ji kept her hand on my head and gave me her blessings, as we walked back. I kept apologizing for my tears but all the people at her residence said their hour was filled with my love,” Ankhi recalled.

Ankhi Alamgir also shared that she received lots of gifts from Lata ji.

Additionally, Lata Mangeshkar gifted Runa Laila a saree, her autobiography, a book written by her niece, a CD of her songs, while Runa gifted her a Jamdani saree.

After her return, Ankhi Alamgir worked on recording her song. She was highly congratulated by Runa Laila that day. In 2018, Ankhi Alamgir won a national award for this song. “Maybe I received the award through Lata ji’s blessings. I pray that she rests in peace.”

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