Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar is not going to sing her famous patriotic song Ae Mere Vatan Ke Logon at the Mahalaxmi Race Course function on January 27, where BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will be the chief guest.
At the function to be held to commemorate the song first rendered by Mangeshkar exactly 51 years ago, the melody queen will be felicitated by Modi.
The function’s organisers, Shahid Bharat Samiti and Lodha Foundation, had claimed in a statement and also in hoardings put across the city that around one lakh people would sing the song along with Mangeshkar at the function.
The invites for the function say “Ae Mere Vatan Ke Logon …with Lata Mangeshkar”, which seem to suggest it would be a replay of January 27, 1963, when Mangeshkar rendered the song in the presence of late prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, bringing him to tears.
The invitation card says the occasion is to mark the completion of 51 years of the song… with Lata Mangeshkar on January 27, 2014.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Lata Mangeshkar said, “I am not going to sing the song, either solo or in chorus. I was asked to attend the function as they wanted to felicitate me at the hands of Modiji.”
She said a misconception was gaining ground because of the publicity and hoardings that she was going to sing the full song, which was not the case. “If at all, I may hum a line… but I am not sure,” she said.
Niranjan Parihar, one of the organisers, said, “Modi will felicitate Lata Mangeshkar. About one lakh people, including defence personnel and war heroes, will sing Ae Mere Vatan Ke logon in chorus in the presence of Mangeshkar. She will also hum along…naturally”.