She lived surrounded by people, but died in loneliness and sadness. The drama of the former Naarghita: how Elena Ceaușescu broke her wings

Naarghita is, without but and perhaps, the symbol of the Indian culture that was spilled on the Romanian people during the communist period.

It is well known that, under communism, Indian films were broadcast “on a conveyor belt” in our country, so that Romanians began to get a taste for slightly tear-jerking dramas, seasoned with a musical background to match, coming straight from India.

So Naarghita’s appearance seemed inevitable in context.

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Naarghita was getting a meagre pension after so many years of work

Naarghita enjoyed years of fame and appreciation from Romanian fans who were impressed by what they saw “on the bottle”, imported by the communist regime directly from India.

Real name Maria Amarghioalei, Narghita was a singer and dancer with great appeal to the public in our country.

She was born in 1939, and the film The Tramp, directed by Raj Kapoor, was to open her horizons to Indian culture.

So, in 1957, her artistic story began and she joined the corps de ballet of the “Constantin Tănase” revue theatre as an extra.

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It wasn’t long before Naarghita became a sensation, filling stadiums with fans and performing dozens of concerts. In addition, thanks to her dedication to Indian culture and art, she was able to attract the attention of Bollywood, receiving countless offers of work.

She went so far as to be invited directly by the Prime Minister of India to New Delhi to meet her idol Raj Kapoor – but more on that later.

“Up to €1 million was offered to me just for an interview and a song,” the singer recounts at one point.

Let’s go back closer to the present, to 2013 to be precise, the year Naarghita left the living.

She reportedly lived on a pension of 40 lei a month, and her end was an undignified one.

Her niece reportedly called her one last time to invite her to the supermarket, but the artist refused the invitation, preferring to stay home to cook.

“On Saturday she was very happy. She didn’t want to go to a supermarket with me, she said she was staying home to make herself something to eat, a little porridge.

She stayed to call her on Monday morning, only when I phoned she didn’t answer. She didn’t answer the phone or the door Monday night either. Tuesday my husband broke down the door and I found her in bed with the TV running.

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The mummy was off the stove, she was in bed and the TV was working,” Naarghita’s niece recounted.

Two days later, Naarghita was called again, but there was no one in the house who could pick up the receiver – Naarghita had died alone and poor. She would be found lying in bed with the TV on. According to the autopsy, her heart had failed.

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Elena Ceaușescu forbade him to travel to India

As we have narrated earlier, Naarghita managed to become a sensation even beyond the borders of our country, being called to India.

Here she was to meet her idol, the one and only Raj Kapoor. Soon the two became best friends, and the Indian artist went so far as to fall in love with Naarghita.

However, it seems that the two were not exactly on the same wavelength, with the Romanian artist preferring to pursue her career, not necessarily get married, although it is suspected that she shared Raj Kapoor’s feelings.

Known for making her words “law”, Elena Ceaușescu at one point banned Naarghita from travelling to India, which ended her relationship with Raj Kapoor. Clearly a big blow for the singer and dancer so enamoured with India.

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