Actor Vikram Gokhale unveiled the photo of Lata didi. The Mangeshkar-Gokhale families share a bond since seven decades. Vikram Gokhale became very emotional on this occasion, he said, “My father and Dinanath Mangeshkar ji’s family are related for decades. We used to call Dinanath ji as Dina Aba.”
He spoke about the relationship of his father and Dinanath Mangeshkar. They were very close. “In fact, Dinanath ji was my father’s Guru and he gave my father the musical instrument which he did riyaz. We have very fond memories. I am grateful that Hridaynathji gave me this opportunity to unveil this photograph,” he said.
Asha Bhosle became as emotional on this occasion. Lata didi’s sudden demise is not less than a big pain for her and her eyes also became moist while talking to the media. Asha Bhosle said, “Whenever I used to go wherever, I used to take blessings from Didi; she used to tell me not to touch her feet always, ‘My blessings are always with you whether you come here or not. Mai, Baba and I are always there for you.’ Now after her, whose blessings should I seek? Whom should I tell my troubles? When we were very young, then Baba left, and after Mai, Lata didi took care of us all as a father, and today after her, we all have become orphans. I never thought that all this would happen so soon. She should have been with us guiding us for at least a few more years.”
Hridaynath Mangeshkar felt, “Didi’s passing is very sad for all of us. Today Didi’s picture was unveiled in Dinanath Auditorium and there are four theatres in Pune, where we will unveil her photographs. I never thought once that in the same places where we have unveiled Baba’s pictures, one day I will have to unveil didi’s photo as well. I can’t still believe that she has left us,” he expressed.
“It is the saddest day of our lives. A portrait of our dearest Didi put up at Deenanath Mangeshkar Auditorium. She will always be with us, come what may,” said Zanai Bhosle.
Vikram Gokhale, Asha Bhosle, Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar, Bharti Mangeshkar, Ashish Shellar, Roopkumar and Sonali Rathod, Adinath Mangeshkar, Krishna Mangeshkar, Zanai Bhosle, Anuja Bhosle and Mayuresh Pai were present on the occasion.