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A sensation that moved Lata Mangeshkar

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Reewa Rathod is 28, magically musical and on top of the world. Not merely because of an upcoming concert but what happened before. None less than Bharat Ratna Nightingale Lata Mangeshkar presented her. “This is ultimate! Who would’ve thought that the Goddess of music herself would be present?”

But this is where we accuse her of undue modesty. After all, Mangeshkar, in a specially recorded message, had underlined Rathod’s exceptional talent and blessed her with success.

But how did this happen? This daughter of the well-known vocalist couple Sonali and Roop Kumar Rathod explains, “Lataji’s brother Pt Hridayanath Mangeshkar, who often comes home, recently asked me to sing something. I sang Saawan and bits from my compositions and he was full of praise. Later, he took me to Lataji, who also wanted to hear me sing. I sang Maula, which has been penned by Gulzar saab (she has composed and sung five tracks written by this poet-lyricist. “He carries his divinity so lightly”) and a Carnatic kriti. She held me close, blessing me: ‘I’ve heard about you a lot, but whatever I’ve heard seems less,’ she had said leaving me moist-eyed.”