Amitabh Bachchan on Pt Ravi Shankar's only phone call to him

Amitabh Bachchan on Pt Ravi Shankar's only phone call to him
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan said he was puzzled to receive a call from sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar 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 to me on my mobile, while I transited from Marrakech, Morocco to Florence in Italy. It was the first time ever that I had received a message from her," Amitabh Bachchan 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 to the great maestro! I was speaking to Pandit Ravi Shankar for the very first time ever 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, informed me that he was going in for a surgery - I had wished him well and after the phone call was over, sat for long, wondering how what had transpired had actually happened," he added.

Amitabh Bachchan says "an entire life, an era, a most incredible period in the history of classical music in India has come to an end".

Pandit Ravi Shankar died in the US on Tuesday. He was 92.