‘Queen of Melody’ Lata Mangeshkar left the world today due to multiple-organ failure at 08:12 AM in Breach Candy Hospital of Mumbai. She was admitted to the hospital on January 8 due to COVID 19 with mild symptoms.
Lata Mangeshkar, who was born in 1929, was the eldest of five siblings, one of which was singer Asha Bhonsle, who paid a visit to Mangeshkar in the hospital after she was admitted to the intensive care unit. Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar, a classical musician, gave Lata Mangeshkar her first music lesson when she was a child. When her father died in 1942, Lata Mangeshkar, at 13 years old, began her career in music, mixing singing with acting roles in Marathi films. Ms. Mangeshkar had an early hit in 1945 with the song Aayega Aanewala from the Madhubala film Mahal.
Her Career: Lata Mangeshkar’s career and voice both reached insurmountable heights. She sang raga-based compositions by Naushad in films such as Baiju Bawra, Mother India, and Mughal-E-Azam, as well as Shankar-melodic Jaikishan’s hits in Barsaat and Shree 420; Salil Chowdhury’s lilting tracks in Madhumati earned her a Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer; and Bees Saal Baad, Khandan, and Je For the films Parichay, Kora Kagaz, and Lekin, Lata Mangeshkar received three National Awards for Best Female Playback Singer. Pakeezah, Abhimaan, Amar Prem, Aandhi, Silsila, Chandni, Sagar, Rudali, and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge are among her other notable films.
The patriotic composition Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo, which was played on Republic Day in 1963 at the National Stadium in New Delhi to commemorate Indian soldiers who perished in the 1962 war with China, is one of Lata Mangeshkar’s most iconic songs. In the presence of President S Radhakrishnan and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Lata Mangeshkar performed it live.
Her Legacy: She was a recipient of the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Dadasaheb Phalke Award, and sang playback for a long list of Hindi films. She also sang in other regional languages, including Marathi and Bengali. Ms. Mangeshkar, who came from a well-known musical family, also composed music and produced a few films. The ‘Nightingale of India,’ as she was nicknamed, was a well-known figure in India and all over the world.
In 1984, the State Government of Madhya Pradesh instituted the Lata Mangeshkar Award in her honour. The State Government of Maharashtra also instituted a Lata Mangeshkar Award in 1992.
In 2009, Mangeshkar was awarded the title of Officer of the French Legion of Honour, France’s highest order.
In 2012, Mangeshkar was ranked number 10 in Outlook India’s poll of the Greatest Indians.
Many prominent personalities including the President and Prime Minister of India expressed their grief through social media.
President Ramnath Kovind wrote from his official Twitter handle, “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,”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned the demise of the legend by tweeting, “I am anguished beyond words. The kind and caring Lata Didi 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 mesmerise people.”
Oscar-winner Music composer AR Rahman tweeted, “ Love, Respect and Prayers” by uploading a photo with the legendary singer.
ANI reported Lata Mangeshkar’s last rites will be performed with full state honours at Shivaji Park, Mumbai at 06:30 PM. https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1490198394907742209?s=20&t=eoBn5jHQTJbDI_ftRvjAUw