I received this message and the song on WhatsApp group.
The latest song of Lata Mangeshkar. Sung whilst nearing her 89th birthday. It’s in Marathi and is about how she is resting now and reminiscing about the past and hoping she will have same known faces near her, in her next birth, as near and dear ones.
There is some pathos of getting to the next life, contentment of getting to an end of a long career, thinking of grand children ( of her sisters and brother), thinking of the swans of the next life calling her.
The voice has shifted to a lower key and not the perfect one that we have been accustomed to; slightly breathless as well. But the melody & harmony is still the same; the nightingale.
It’s almost as if she is offering her last bow to her audience.
I searched on Google and found that this song is from an album called “Kshana Amrutache” (क्षण अमृताचे) composed by Dr. Salil Kulkarni. The album was released in 2013. So Lata Mangeshkar was 84 years old then.
Nevertheless, it is very good rendition considering the age.
Few months ago I wrote a blog about Euthanasia. In that I had mentioned song sung by Dr Salil Kulkarni, written by poet Ba Bha Borkar, called Sandhiprakashat / संधीप्रकाशात.
While there is twilight (while I am healthy and agile), I should breathe my last…Great thought!
The lyrics is really profound and composition is also great! The original song was sung by Dr. Salil Kulkarni himself. Check it here:
The same song was sung by Lata Mangeshkar for the same album “Kshana Amrutache” (क्षण अमृताचे). Here is the version sung by Lata Mangeshkar