Some Rare Snaps Of The Funeral...
Bombay, Screen 10 September
mourning fans of Mukesh saw the last journey of the singer in a
fifteen-minute programme telecast on August 30 in homage to the
funeral coverage, the programme included recorded interviews with
Hridayanath Mangeshkar, who was with Mukesh during, the concert
tour, Raj Kapoor, whose singing voice Mukesh was more than two
decades, and veteran Ashok Kumar who knew Mukesh from the time he
began singing for the films in Bombay.
Mangeshkar interview (done by Sudha Chopra in Hindi) was
particularly interesting and touching because it was like a
flash-back to the happening in Detroit, where the troupe was
scheduled to give its ninth show on August 27, when that haunting
golden voice was stilled for ever.
A tape containing
the last song sung by Mukesh during the eighth show, which was in
Philadelphia, was played and it must have surely touched the hearts
of all those who have listened to and enjoyed his singing and all
those who knew him well, that song "Jaane kahan gaye woh din" was
one of the singer's favourites
wanted viewers to hear snatches of the wild applause that Mukesh and
Lata Mangeshkar got when they rendered that very popular "Milan"
duet, "Sawan ka mahina..." with its very charming recitative
coverage was also done well without the usual callous concentration
on star faces and the most moving moments was when the camera panned
the singer's drawing room full of shelves, lined with trophies and
awards won by the singer in his 35-years-old singing career.
And the camera
interestingly lingered on a little framed message, which more than
sums up the singer's character and philosophy of life. It says : "
If you meet a man without a smile, lend him one of yours."
Delhi TV was, for
once, quick off the mark, when they immediately reacted to the
extremely sad news of the death of Mukesh in the United States of
America on August 27. The very next evening they telecast a memorial
programme, which very appropriately opened with Mukesh's famous and
popular songs, "Ek din bik jayega maati ke mol." For now what's
remains is the memory of Mukesh's golden voice and, of course, the
many songs that he sang his long career as a play-back singer.
‘‘Soul’’ of Raj Kapoor, recorded his last song for Raj Kapoor’s
Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram on July 26, 1976 at the Famous Recording
Studios at Tardeo—exactly one day before he left for America to join
Lata Mangeshkar’s U.S.A./Canada concert tour (he died on August 27,
1976 at Detroit, Michigan, in the United States of America). There
wasn’t any immediate need to do that song (because shooting-wise it
was not slated for immediate picturisation) but Mukesh did have it
recorded before his departure—and it was a recording which went on
into the small hours of the morning.
Famous Tardeo (then under recordist D.O. Bhansali), it was a
tradition that a bottle be opened and they drink, listening quietly
to the song being played back and discussing it. But that night it
was nearly 4 a.m. by the time the recording was over. Music-director
Laxmikant excused himself and went home. Raj Kapoor went home.
Zeenat Aman (who had also participated in the recording) also went
home. And so did Mukesh.
That night the
traditional post-recording drink session was not held. But unknown
to Raj Kapoor and to any of the others, Mukesh had brought with him
a jar of King of Kings and had handed it to John (Raj’s factotum),
telling him: “You open this for him after the recording is over.”
That jar of
King of Kings was never opened — until Zeenat Aman came to see Raj
Kapoor at The Cottage on the night of September 19, 1976. She had
just returned from a month-long sojourn in the U.S.A. and the U.K.
Shortly before she arrived, Raj Kapoor asked John whether there was
anything to drink at The Cottage. John went inside and returned a
moment later, holding that jar of King of Kings. He said: “Mukesh
sahab had given it for you. He had brought it, saying: ‘Open it
after the recording.”
That was the
last drink “soul” Mukesh and “body” Raj Kapoor could not have