Anuradha Paudwal who lost her only son on Saturday is not alone. By a bizarre and cruel coincidence, several Bollywood-centric musicians have lost their offsprings under extremely tragic circumstances.
Way back in 1990,the renowned Ghazal duo Jagjit and Chitra Singh lost their only 20-year old son Vivek in a car accident. Chitra never sang after this tragedy. Weirdly a few later Chitra lost her daughter from another marriage.
Speaking of Chitra, South India’s well-known playback singer K S Chithra(of Chotisi Asha fame) lost her 8-year old daughter in a freak accident when the girl drowned in a swimming pool in Dubai. Chitra stopped thereafter.
But the spirited Asha Bhosle never stopped singing even after losing two of her children. In 2021 daughter Varsha shot herself in the living room of her mother’s house in Peddar Road. As though the Gods conspired to heap more cruelty on Ashaji, in 2015 Ashaji lost her son, the music composer Hemant Bhosle to cancer. Ashaji says it was the will of God and it is also God’s will that she continues singing.
In 2014 music composer Uttam Singh lost his son Amarjeet in a freak accident when he choked to death on his food.