Anand Bakshi and Lata Mangeshkar
If the great bade dinon ke bard Anand Bakshi had lived, he would have been 91 on 21 July.
Anand Bakshi ’s son Rakesh Bakshi remembers his father as a man and a poet consumed by his art.
“He would often think of the words along with the tune, which he would share with the composer. Of course he contributed to the tunes . But he never spoke about it. Nor did any one connected with the creative process. So why should I? All I can tell you is that in those days my father and and the rest of the music creators worked as a team. There was never any question of, Maine kiye, nahin maine kiye. Whatever suggestions my father had to make for the tunes ,he did it unconditionally. The music composers were free to take his suggestions, or leave them. No question asked,” says Rakesh as he remembers his Dad fondly.