On Sunday, India’s Nightingale, Lata Mangeshkar, passed away at 92 in Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital. Her health was under concern after COVID – 19 and taken to the intensive care unit on January 8. She was also affected by pneumonia. Though her health was improving for the past few weeks, on Saturday, hospital authorities confirmed Lata Mangeshkar’s deteriorating health because of which she had been put back on the ventilator.
Lata Mangeshkar received the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Dadasaheb Phalke awards. Belonging to a prominent musical family, her father was classical musician Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar. He was Lata Mangeshkar’s first music teacher. She was 13 when her father passed away in 1942. At the same age, she began singing in Marathi films. Her earliest hit was Aayega Aanewala from the film Mahal, starring Madhubala. The song marked her entrance as India’s nightingale. She has sung extensively in Hindi, Marathi, and Bengali. She won three National Awards for Best Female Playback Singer for films Kora Kagaz, Parichay, and Lekin. Pakeezah, Abhiman, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Amar Prem, Chandni, Sagar, Aandhi, and Rudali are her films that no Indian will forget.
Her voice will remain in the hearts of Indians for her iconic Patriotic composition Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo. The song was sung live by Lata Mangeshkar at the National Stadium in New Delhi on republic day of 1963. The song commemorated Indian soldiers who died in the 1962 war with China.
Lata Mangeshkar will receive a state funeral in Mumbai on Sunday, followed by two days of national mourning. The national flag will flow at half-mast throughout the country. President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted the news was “heartbreaking for me, as it is for millions the world over” and added that “generations found expression of their innermost emotions in her songs.” India’s former captain Virat Kohli said that the singer, who was also a huge fan of cricket, had “touched millions of people around the world.” Extending condolences, Rahul Gandhi tweeted that “her golden voice is immortal and will continue to echo in the hearts of her fans.” Her loss is undeniably an irreplaceable void for Indians.
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