Lata Mangeshkar died at the age of 92 due to a multi-organ failure in Mumbai on Sunday, February 6.
Known as the ‘Queen of Melody’ and the ‘Nightingale of India’, breathed her last at 8:12 am at Breach Candy Hospital. She had tested positive for Covid-19 with mild symptoms on January 8 and was undergoing treatment at the hospital. She was admitted to the ICU of Breach Candy hospital, where she was being treated by Dr. Pratit Samdani and his team of doctors. The legendary singer showed improvement until last week, but her health deteriorated, and she was put back on ventilator support on Saturday morning. The singer was also being treated for pneumonia. She recovered from COVID-19 and pneumonia on January 30.
On Saturday, several high-profile personalities visited the hospital, including Union Minister Piyush Goyal, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, and NCP leader Supriya Sule to check on the singer.
Daughter of Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar and Shevanti Mangeshkar, Lata belonged to a musical family. Her father was a well-known Marathi musician and theatre artist. She was first tutored by her father and later appeared as a child artiste in several of his plays.
In November 2019,
Mangeshkar was admitted to the same hospital after she complained of difficulty in breathing and was diagnosed with pneumonia. She was discharged after 28 days.
Born in Indore, Mangeshkar remained the voice of screen idols for generations. She began her career at the age of 13 in 1942 and had sung over 30,000 songs in several Indian languages in over seven decade-long careers.
Lata Mangeshkar recorded her first Hindi song
called “Mata Ek Sapoot Ki Duniya Badal De Tu” for the Marathi feature Gajaabhaau, which had released in 1943. Later, she went on to collaborate with some of the most popular names of the Hindi music industry, including the likes of Anil Biswas, Shankar Jaikishan, Naushad Ali, and SD Burman, among others.
She has lent her voice to songs in Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, and other regional languages. She has been honored with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, and Padma Bhushan, as well as several National and Filmfare Awards.
Some of her most loved tracks were ‘Ajeeb Dastan Hai Ye,’ ‘Jab Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya,’ ‘Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Mein,’ ‘Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi Shikwa To Nahin,’ ‘Lag Jaa Gale,’ ‘Ek Pyar Ka Nagma Hai,’ ‘Tune O Rangeele,’ ‘Aye Mere Wattan Ke Logo,’ ‘Maye Ni Maye,’ ‘Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye,’ ‘Tere Liye,’ and ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.’
Her last full album was for the late filmmaker Yash Chopra-directed 2004 film ‘Veer Zaara.’ Mangeshkar’s last song was ‘Saugandh Mujhe Is Mitti Ki,’ which was released on March 30, 2021, as a tribute to the Indian Army. She was awarded the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honor, in 2001.
Lata Mangeshkar was also the recipient of several awards, including Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Dada Saheb Phalke Award, and multiple National Film Awards.
Centre declares two-day national mourning in memory of Lata Mangeshkar.
A State funeral will be accorded to Bharat Ratna awarded-singer.
The Government of India has declared national mourning for two days in memory of the iconic singer Lata Mangeshkar. The national flag will also fly on half-mast for two days, and a state funeral will be accorded to Bharat Ratna awarded-singer.
Tributes poured in from across the country. In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed deep grief over the passing away of the legendary singer. “I am anguished beyond words. The kind and caring Lata Mangeshkar has left us. She leaves a void in our nation that cannot be filled. The coming generations will remember her as a stalwart of Indian culture, whose melodious voice had an unparalleled ability to mesmerize people,” he stated on Twitter.
“Following her foray into playback singing way back in the 1940s, she achieved a first major breakthrough in Mahal movie in 1949. Lata ji became an overnight singing sensation with the song Aayega Aanewala, and there was no looking back for her after that. Lata ji was honored with Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, even as accolades and awards poured her way from India and abroad. From bhajans to romantic numbers to patriotic songs, she has recorded thousands of songs in Hindi and other Indian and foreign languages. With a heavy heart, I convey my profound condolences to the bereaved family members and her fans across India and the globe,” Naidu said in a statement.
“Lata Mangeshkar’s songs brought out a variety of emotions. She closely witnessed the transitions of the Indian film world for decades. Beyond films, she was always passionate about India’s growth. She always wanted to see a strong and developed India,” the PM tweeted, adding that he has spoken with her family to express his condolences.
Condoling the death of the ‘Nightingale of India Cinema’, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that “India has lost its voice in the death” of the iconic singer.
Describing it as his “personal loss”, the Home Affairs Minister Amit Shah said that the iconic singer filled the lives of every generation not only in India but all over the world with her melodious and mesmerizing voice. “It is not possible to put into words her contribution to the music world,” he added.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur added that “her voice will be immortal”. “This country will always resonate with your voice, Lataji”.
PM Modi to visit Mumbai to pay last respects to Lata Mangeshkar
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar’s state funeral in Mumbai on Sunday.
“Will be leaving for Mumbai in some time to pay my last respects to Lata Mangeshkar,” wrote PM Modi on Twitter.
The Prime Minister will reach the funeral ground at around 5:45 to 6:00 pm today after which Lata Mangeshkar’s last rites will be conducted at around 6:30 pm, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal has said.
Earlier today, PM Modi said Lata Mangeskar’s melodious voice will always stay with us. Addressing a virtual rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura, Agra, and Bulandshahr, PM Modi remembered the singer and paid tributes to her with a heavy heart.
“Lata Mangeshkar has gone to the heavenly abode. Many people, like me, will proudly say that they had a close connection with her. Wherever you go, you can always find her loved ones. Her melodious voice will always stay with us, I pay tributes to her with a heavy heart,” the Prime Minister said.
Mangeshkar, 92, died at a Mumbai hospital today morning.
She was admitted to Mumbai’s Breach Candy hospital on January 8 after she was diagnosed with Covid-19 and pneumonia.
Though having recovered from Covid, the singer was put on ventilator support after her condition worsened on Saturday.
Last rites with full state honours of the legendary singers will be performed on Sunday at 6:30 pm at Shivaji Park in Mumbai.