A sad silence prevailed in the Mangeshkar household in Prabhu Kunj Peddar Road where celebrations were planned to mark singing legend Lata Mangeshkar's 86th birthday. A dnaindia.com article reported that the family gathered solemnly over news that Asha Bhosle’s second-born and music director Hemant Bhosle, 66, had lost his long battle with cancer late on Sunday, in Scotland where he lived for five years.
Hemant Bhosle shared a strained relationship with his mother after he had a falling out with his wife Rama Bhosle. Hemant who had composed music for over 15 Hindi films over two decades from 1977, had also composed several evergreen Marathi tracks like 'Sharad Sundar' and 'Yeu Kashi Priya' which were sung by his mother.
Asha Bhosle, the 82-year old singing diva and younger sister to Lata Mangeshkar who had just flown in from a concert tour to Singapore where she performed at the packed 5000-seater Star Performing Arts Centre on Friday, chose not to comment. “Both Lata didi and Asha tai met quietly, held hands, consoling each other,” said a family friend who was present on the occasion. “On Sunday, even as she packed her bags to leave from Singapore for Mumbai, came this news,” she added.
In October 2012, Asha Bhosle’s daughter, singer and journalist Varsha committed suicide by shooting herself in the head at her Prabhu Kunj residence in Mumbai.
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