When Lata Mangeshkar tied Rakhi to Dilip Kumar

On the joyous occasion of Raksha Bandhan, a heartwarming tradition unfolded between two legendary figures: the illustrious singer Lata Mangeshkar and the iconic superstar Dilip Kumar. Their bond transcended the dazzle of stardom, weaving a connection akin to that of a brother and sister. Let’s delve into this heartwarming tale.

The Sacred Rakhi Ritual

Every year, without fail, Lataji would find a way to meet Sahib (as Dilip Kumar was affectionately called) on Rakshabandhan. In this cherished ritual, she would lovingly tie the sacred Rakhi on Sahib’s hand, symbolizing their enduring sibling relationship. In return, the couple would gift Lata a brocade saree—a token of their love and affection.

A Musical Bond

Beyond the glitz and glamour, Dilip Sahib and the nightingale of the Indian music industry shared a profound camaraderie. They found comfort in each other’s company, often traveling together from their homes to their work spots in the local trains of Mumbai—the lifeblood of this marvelous city. Their conversations extended beyond scripts and melodies, touching upon matters of the heart and soul.

A Mentor’s Advice

Dilip Kumar, ever the mentor, advised Lata Mangeshkar on her pronunciation of Urdu words in her soul-stirring songs. Despite their busy schedules and personal commitments, they prioritized their annual Rakhi rendezvous, reinforcing their bond year after year. And so, the sacred thread of Rakhi wove them together, even as they continued their individual artistic journeys.

A Lasting Legacy

Their brother-sister relationship endured through thick and thin, in sickness and in health. Lataji often visited their home, sharing meals with Sahib. In their final moments together, she lovingly fed him with her own hands, etching a poignant picture of love and companionship. Such was the monumental love they shared—a testament to the timeless spirit of Raksha Bandhan


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