They were together — in life and death

They were born together,both singers,both married after they turned 55 — and died together in the fire on the Bangalore-Nanded Express in the early hours of Saturday.

Written by Express News Service | Bangalore | Published: December 29, 2013 3:33:30 am

They were born together,both singers,both married after they turned 55 — and died together in the fire on the Bangalore-Nanded Express in the early hours of Saturday.

Lalitha Prabhakar and Padmini Narahari,61-year-old twin sisters from Bangalore,travelling to Raichur to attend the 25th anniversary of a music school,were among the 26 persons charred to death in the fire on the Bangalore-Nanded train Saturday.

The sisters were travelling with Padmini’s husband Narahari,also a musician,who survived the fire and was admitted to a private hospital in Bangalore after being shifted from Ananthapur.

“They were located right in the middle of the bogie. Narahari uncle told me he was awakened by a choking sensation and found the compartment engulfed in thick smoke. He tried to find the others but could not. He was rescued from the train,” Lalitha Prabhakar’s foster son Chandrashekhar Prabhakar,23,said at the Victoria Hospital as he waited to identify his kin.

“They were born together and have died together,” Chandrashekhar said about the tragedy.

Lalitha and Padmini were united by their love for music and did not get married until they were 55-year-old. They both married widowers Prabhakar and Narahari.

“I lost my mother about 10 years ago. My father married Lalitha six years ago. She was like a mother to me as well. Her sister Padmini was also married about the same time to Narahari,who was also a widower. They met because of their common interest in music. They were both married after they turned 55. Now they are both gone together,’’ Chandrashekhar said.

The sisters and Narahari boarded the train on Friday night and were heading to Raichur to attend an event at a music school run by Narahari’s music master.

“We got a call around 6 am saying the train had caught fire. We rushed to Ananthapur and identified my mother on the basis of her ornaments. We were however not allowed to collect the body because they were sending all the dead to Bangalore,’’ Chandrashekhar said.

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