Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, who spellbound millions of people with her golden voice for several decades of her career, passed away at the age of 92 this morning. The news was confirmed by Union Minister, Nitin Gadhkari to ANI News Channel. The music icon was tested positive for Covid-19 in early January and was admitted to Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital, under Dr. Pratit Samdani. She was also diagnosed with pneumonia.
Looking at her age and her condition, Lata Mangeshkar was admitted to ICU from the very beginning and she was also put on ventilation. After a few days her health was getting better and for that she was put off from ventilation. But again on February 5, Mangeshkar’s health started deteriorating and she was again put on ventilation and today on February 6 the luminary took her last breath.
At the very young age, Lata Mangeshkar made her debut in the Indian film industry in 1942. She had a career spanning of seven decades in the industry and had given several cult classic songs, which are still cherished by us, as well as the whole world like “Do Ghoont Mujhe Bhi Pila Do”, “Kanchi Re Kanchi Re”, “Ho Gaya Hai Tujko Toh Pyaar Sajna”, “Lag Ja Gale” and many others for over thirty thousand songs in various languages. Lata Mangeshkar had four siblings, Asha Bhonsle, Meena Khadikar, Hridaynath Mangeshkar and Usha Mangeshkar and she was the eldest of all.
The legend had received numerous prestigious accolades like National Film Awards, BFJA Awards, Filmfare Awards, Legion Of Honour Award and many more. She had also been honoured by the Indian government with the highest civilian Awards such as Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Barat Ratna, Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Mangeshkar was also called as Nightingale Of India and Queen Of Melody.
The whole Hindi film industry is currently mourning her shocking demise and sharing their experience with her and also their condolences on social media. Prime Minister Of India, Narendra Modi has also shared his deep condolence on Twitter. President Of India, Ram Nath Kovind shared a picture of himself with Mangeshkar and showed his condolences on Twitter.
I consider it my honour that I have always received immense affection from Lata Didi. My interactions with her will remain unforgettable. I grieve with my fellow Indians on the passing away of Lata Didi. Spoke to her family and expressed condolences. Om Shanti.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 6, 2022
Lata-ji’s demise is heart-breaking for me, as it is for millions the world over. In her vast range of songs, rendering the essence and beauty of India, generations found expression of their inner-most emotions. A Bharat Ratna, Lata-ji’s accomplishments will remain incomparable. pic.twitter.com/rUNQq1RnAp
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) February 6, 2022
As a tribute for the legendary singer, Prime Minister Of India, Narendra Modi is set to fly to Mumbai from Delhi to pay respect to her last rite and funeral at Dadar’s Shivaji Park at 5p.m today on February 6. A two day of National mourning day has been announced by the Government Of India and flags on all government buildings will fly at half-mast. Lata Mangeshkar will be accorded a State Funeral.