Mumbai: Singer Lata Mangeshkar has announced a donation of Rs 1 crore will be handed over to the Indian army towards it jawans on occasion of her father Deenanath Mangeshkar’s death anniversary on 24 April. The Deenanath Mangeshkar Pratisthan has also pledged Rs 5 lakhs to the army.
Mumbai Mirror reported the singer as saying, “Earlier, one the occasion of my birthday I had appealed to people that instead of sending me bouquets, gifts, spend that money for jawans. People positively reacted to my appeal. Today too, I am making that appeal, but before that we are extending the help as a gesture of gratitude.”
Lata Mangeshkar is known for her rendition of the patriotic number ‘Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo’, penned by Kavi Pradeep, which she performed live at the National Stadium in Delhi two months after the end of the 1962 Sino-Indian War. The gesture comes two weeks after a 40 CRPF personnel were killed in a terror attack in Pulwama, Kashmir.