The Mangeshkar family’s close ties to freedom fighter Veer Savarkar were based on patriotism, mutual respect and love of the arts

A freedom fighter and among the early proponents of Hindutva ideology, Veer Savarkar remains one of the most vilified figures in Indian history. For decades, Savarkar has been treated with disdain and demonized by successive Indian governments, the majority of which were led by the Congress party. A conscious effort has been made to defame Veer Savarkar in order to discredit his beliefs and undermine his contribution to India’s freedom struggle.

But legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar and her family were among those who saw through this facade carefully created by the Congress Party and its loyalists and held Savarkar for who he was: a devoted patriot to the cause of freedom of the ‘India and a learned man with a flair. for poetry and writing.

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar or Veer Savarkar was an Indian freedom fighter, activist, politician, lawyer and writer, renowned for articulating the political philosophy of Hindutva. He was born in the village of Bhagalpur near Nasik in Maharashtra.

Later he joined the Hindu Mahasabha and advocated the term Hindutva which had previously been formulated by Chandranath Basu. He was arrested in 1910 by the British administration for his association with the revolutionary group India House. Savarkar was sentenced to two life terms in the cell jail on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in 1911 after unsuccessfully attempting to escape while being transported from Marseille.

While serving his sentence, Savarkar wrote on a wide range of subjects, from his longing for the homeland to his understanding of Hindutva, to his pride and defined all descendants of Hindu culture as part of the ‘Hindutva, including Buddhists, Jains. , and Sikhs.

Freedom fighter Veer Savarkar’s close bond with the Mangeshkar family

Lata Mangeshkar and her family shared a close bond with Veer Savarkar, something she has always been proud of and unabashedly. Each year, on the occasion of Savarkar’s birthdays and anniversaries, which fall on May 28 and February 26, respectively, the award-winning singer does not hesitate to publicly pay tribute to ideologue Hindutva and reiterate her invaluable contribution. to the struggle for Indian independence from the British.

Also this year, Lata Mangeshkar took to her social media pages to pay tribute to the freedom fighter by remembering him and sharing his old photos with his followers.

Lata Mangeshkar called Savarkar “a true son of Mother India” and hailed him as a father figure. During his lifetime, Veer Savarkar was nicknamed “Tatya” by Lata Mangeshkar, a term used with deference to a father or an elderly man.

Last year, the veteran singer remembered the freedom fighter, saying his name was etched in the hearts of the Mangeshkar family. She also tweeted that she was honoring the “great, multi-faceted personality” of her “Jayanti”.

She had shared a video with her tweet, which was the audio for the song Cat Janma Shodhitana, which had been composed by Lata Mangeshkar’s father, Deenanath Mangeshkar. This song was written by Veer Savarkar for his father’s play Sanyasta Khadag.

Earlier in 2019, the veteran singer posted a tweet recalling her close connection between her family and freedom fighter Veer Savarkar. The legendary singer posted a tweet providing details of her family’s association with Veer Savarkar.

“Veer Savarkar ji aur hamare pariwar ke bahut ghanisht sambandh le, isiliye unhone simple pitaji ki natak company ke liye natak ‘Sanyasta Khadag’ likha tha. Is natak ka pehla Prayog September 18, 1931 ko hua tha, is natak mein se ek geet bahut lokpriya hua (Veer Savarkar ji’s families and ours were very close, so he wrote the piece “Sanyasta Khadag” for the theater company of my father. the play was first performed on September 18, 1931 and a song from the play became very popular), ”Ms Mangeshkar had tweeted, sharing the link to the song. Cat Janma Shoditana.

Lata Mangeshkar reportedly quit singing without Veer Savarkar’s timely advice

It is a little known fact that at the beginning of her career, Lata Mangeshkar decided to give up singing in order to devote her time and energies to social service and the welfare of the poor. Author Yatindra Mishra in her book ‘Lata: On Gatha‘reveals how it was Veer Savarkar who dissuaded Lata Mangeshkar from making the decision and prompted her to continue singing.

In her book, Mishra says that teenage Lata made a vow to engage in social service. For this, she participated in discussions and consultations with revolutionary freedom fighter Veer Savarkar, deliberating on different ways in which she could fulfill her wish. At a time when Lata was considering giving up her singing career to devote time to social service, Savarkar dissuaded him from the idea and reminded him of his father, Deenanath Mangeshkar, who was then one of the leaders of Indian classical music. and the firmament of art.

Savarkar had explained to him that one can still commit to the service of society by devoting oneself to music and singing. This claim helped Lata Mangeshkar drastically overturn her views that a career in music was incompatible with her promise to engage in social service. She took Savarkar’s advice and immersed herself completely in music, thus becoming a legendary singer. If it hadn’t been for Savarkar’s seminal council at Lata Mangeshkar, the world would have been deprived of one of the most transcendent singers to ever honor the earth.

The relentless defamation of Veer Savarkar by successive congressional governments

But the story has not been kind to the freedom fighter. Through a concerted attempt, Savarkar was constantly the object of contempt and contempt by successive governments after India was granted freedom in 1947. He was also falsely implicated in the murder of Gandhi Ji, but was also falsely implicated in the murder of Gandhi Ji. then was cleared of the lack of evidence against him.

Author Vikram Sampath recently published his concluding volume on freedom fighter Veer Savarkar, Savarkar: A Contested Legacy, 1924-1966, which recounted the last stage in the extraordinary life of the freedom fighter. The book was released on July 26, 2021, and it instantly reignited the debate surrounding the vigorous attempts by successive congressional governments and the liberal left-wing intelligentsia to falsely vilify the freedom fighter and sully his reputation.

All India Radio under the Congressional government sacked Lata Mangeshkar’s brother Pandit Hridaynath for his musical composition on the poems of Veer Savarkar

The Mangeshkar family, consisting of Lata Mangeshkar and Usha Mangeshkar, other sisters and their only brother, Hridaynath, had composed tunes based on poems written by Veer Savarkar. However, this did not suit the Congress party, which had assiduously created a vilifying narrative for the freedom fighter. As a result, the Congressional All India Radio sacked Hridaynath Mangeshkar in 1954 for his musical composition on the poems of Veer Savarkar.

Years later, in an interview with ABP Majha, Hridaynath Mangeshkar admitted how he was fired from All India Radio because he chose to compose a poem written by Veer Savarkar. Mangeshkar said he was fired from his job at All India radio, only because he dared to create a musical interpretation of Veer Savarkar’s iconic poem in which he exalted the sea to bring him back to the homeland.

“At that time, I was working for All India Radio. I was 17 and my salary was Rs 500 per month. They might be peanuts today, but Rs 500 was considered a big salary at that time… but I was summarily fired from All India Radio because I chose to create a musical composition for the famous poem by Veer Savarkar ‘Ne majsi ne parat matrubhoomila, sagara pran talmalala‘”Said Mangeshkar in Marathi.

In 2009, 100 years since Savarkar wrote the popular poem Ne majsi ne parat matrubhoomila, sagara pran talmalala, Lata Mangeshkar recalled how the poem aroused patriotic fervor and was a source of inspiration not only for the Maharashtrians, but for all Indians.

Lata Mangeshkar then lamented that Veer Savarkar did not get the respect he deserved in independent India. “Savarkar has sacrificed a lot for the country. But independent India did not honor him and did not return his due, ”Lata lamented.

Thelma J. Longworth

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