Nostalgia tinged with concern as Lata meets Bhupen Hazarika

By Subhash K. Jha

Mumbai, Oct 11 (IANS) Bhupen Hazarika, the 82-year-old veteran Assamese composer whose health has been rapidly declining, had an unexpected surprise on his birthday. He received a message from Lata Mangeshkar saying she wanted to meet him.

"Dada (Bhupen Hazarika) and Lata didi go back a long way. She has sung for him in Assamese, Bengali and Hindi. And Dada simply adores her. When he got the message from Didi it was like a signal from heaven. They met after decades," Kalpana Lazmi, Hazarika's protégée, told IANS.

Hazarika turned 82 on Sep 8. The two stalwarts met at Lata's home at Prabhu Kunj.

"The meeting was so emot