Lata urges Ganguly to win World Cup in South Africa

Published: Friday, November 29, 2002, 20:40 [IST]
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Kolkata: Nightingale of India Lata Mangeshkar revealed a lesser-known facet of her personality at a function on Thursday, declaring her deep enthusiasm for cricket and urging Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly to lead the country to victory in the next World Cup scheduled in South Africa. "Aap World Cup zaroor leke ayen (be sure to lift the World Cup)," the prima donna of Indian music told the Prince of Kolkata while inaugurating 'Deeksha Manjari' a school of performing arts set up by Ganguly's wife Dona, at a glittering function at the Netaji Indoor Stadium.

Mangeshkar, whose songs have mesmerised generations for over 50 years and still continue to thrill music lovers, said that her enthusiasm for cricket had been instilled by her father who also formed a cricket team, besides running a drama company. "I still cherish the memories of meeting many cricket stalwarts of those days, including C K Nayudu who used to come to our house often. I possess a signed photograph of Don Bradman. My brother once fell ill when the Indian team lost in Sharjah. Such is the love for cricket in our family," she said.

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