Lata didi's fan collects 7,600 gramophone records of her songs

Indore (MP), Nov 17 (PTI) A 69-year-old die-hard fanof melody queen Lata Mangeshkar has so far collected 7,600rare gramophone records of her songs.

Mangeshkar, 90, who was born in Indore, has beenundergoing treatment at a hospital in Mumbai on November 11after she complained of difficulty in breathing on Monday.

Her sexagenarian fan, Suman Chaurasia, said hiscollection of records comprises songs which the iconic singerhas sung in different languages.

'I am a fan of Lataji since childhood. I startedsaving gramophone records of her songs since 1965. Right now Ihave about 7,600 such gramophone records,' Chaurasia told PTIon Sunday.

'These are rare songs that Lataji has sung in Indianand foreign languages and dialects,' he added.

In order to keep his collection of gramophone recordsin an organised way, Chaurasia set up 'Lata DinanathMangeshkar Gramophone Record Museum' in 2008.

'One day I realised that there should be a museumnamed after the great singer in Indore, her birthplace, forthe music lovers to enjoy her mesmerising and soothing voice.

Since then I have been collecting gramophone records of hersongs and never looked back,' he added.

The museum, spread over 1,600 sq ft is located inPigdambar area of the city. It also houses Mangeshkar'spictures and books written on her.

Mangeshkar has been admitted to the Intensive CareUnit of the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai. As per the recentstatement of her public relations (PR) team, her condition hasimproved.

'I am confident that Lataji will return home from thehospital shortly,' Chaurasia said.

The melody queen was born on September 28, 1929 inIndore. Her journey in the world of playback singing began in1942. Since then, she has sung over 30,000 songs in differentlanguages.

She was honoured with the 'Bharat Ratna', thecountry's highest civilian honour, in 2001. PTI HWP LALNP NP