When Nehru had tears in his eyes after listening to Lata Mangeshkar’s song ‘Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon’

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Lata Mangeshkar the ‘Nightingale’ of Bollywood is an esteemed personality. With list of awards from Bharat Ratna to Dadasaheb Phalke Award, she was won it all.87 year old

Lata has spend nearly seven decades in the industry and is held in high regard by fans, not to mention the critics and industry insiders alike.

In 1963, Lata Mangeshkar reached a different level with her music when she sang the highly patriotic song ‘Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon’ .This song was written by Kavi Pradeep,Indian poet and song writer as a tribute to soldiers who had died for the country during the Sino-Indian War.Lata was not keen to do this song as she had extremely busy and working round the clock.She did not have enough time to practice but Kavi Pradeep was admant on her singing the song and she sang and  created history.

She gave a live performance by singing this song on January 27, 1963, by at the National Stadium in the presence of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in New Delhi,.This was just after 2 months post war and it touched millions of hearts.The song was melodious and almost brought tears to Nehru eyes.He had mentioned that any one who doesn’t get inspired by it don’t deserve to be called a Hindustani. A copy of the soundtrack spool was gifted to Nehru.

The team of artists and technicians and everyone who were part of this song pledged the royalty of the song to the War Widows Fund.

On her 87th birthday she mentioned that she doesn’t want fans to give her gifts but help donate it to the bereaved soldiers family who died so brutally in Uri. She wants us to remember their sacrifice-‘jo shahid hue hai unki yaad karo kurbani’


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