Big B recalls last chats with Ravi Shankar

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is grieving the demise of Pandit Ravi Shankar, says he was puzzled to receive the sitar maestro’s call for the first time a week before the music legend’s demise. He never knew it would be his last.

‘A strange feeling crawls within me. Just last week his wife Sukanyaji had sent a message on my mobile... It was the first time ever that I had received a message from her,’ Amitabh wrote on his blog

‘She had requested a time when she could call back as Ravi Shankarji had wanted to talk to me. He was keeping unwell she had said and was to undergo a surgery on Thursday. Due to the time difference, I was unable to connect with her immediately and it was only the next day when I called back that she spoke most endearingly and put me on...! I was speaking to Ravi Shankar for the very first time on the phone,’ he posted.

The 70-year-actor says Ravi Shankar spoke to him with great warmth and also appreciated his work.

‘We knew each other, there were strong and long family relationships, a few casual meetings, but nothing more. Why was he wanting to speak to me now? I was puzzled. But he came on the line, spoke with great warmth, on seeing me on the television often, of my films and my fans in the house...’ he further posted.  
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