Kolkata collector pays unique tribute to Lata

Kolkata, Sept 28 : While the Nightingale of India Lata Mangeshkar turned 84 on Saturday amid overflowing good wishes for her long life, Kolkata paid a pictorial tribute to the iconic singer in the form of a rare exhibition by musicologist and collector Snehasis Chatterjee at the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) here since Friday.

Snehasis Chatterjee, an ardent fan of Lata Mangeshkar and himself a musicologist, has been collecting every small souvenir and object of interest on the legend for the past 23 years making it to the Limca Book of Records in 2001 already. He has some most significant collections on her that had taken years of search and painstaking curation.

The wide variety of collection includes booklets, photographs, gramophone records, cassettes, audio CDs, VCDs and many more. The little known facts of the legend's life can be enhanced by visiting the three-day exhibition and witness the effort that had cost him his 23 years of life.

Snehasis's work has great archival value and received appreciation from all.

"I have been compiling the works of Lataji for a long time since it became a craze in me. She had sung songs in 34 languages of which I have a collection of 32 of them," said Chatterjee.

This exhibition, in association with the Prabha Khaitan Foundation and co- associates of the ICCR, will travel to Mumbai shortly.

--IBNS (Posted on 28-09-2013)

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