Manna De lived in North Calcutta. It was a five minutes walk
from our house. During those days he spent most of his time
in Bombay but used to visit his home in Simla Street.There was
a day when we saw him with Md Rafi , like commoners, buying
cigarettes from Ganga's Pan shop.It was not an every day sight.
We were probably in our College days when we used to have
regular music addas in our house.Many of us were serious about
music. One among us was a die hard fan of Manna De. He was
so bent upon taking music lessons from Manna De that, one day,
he picked up enough courage to call at his house at Simla Street.
When , in the evening , he related his experience - it was a kind
of shock & awe situation for us. Manna De was in relaxed mood
when he revealed his intention. De quickly reacted " Do you know
wrestling ?"My friend was simply bowled out-what a question !!
When he finally replied, Manna De said" Go and learn wrestling and
then think of music."
Its a wonder that once he was quite serious about wrestling and took
his lessons from the renowned Gobor Goho.