“Nightingale of India” Has Left Us

Lata Mangeshkar, affectionately called a “Nightingale of India”, died on Sunday i.e., 6 February 2022 after a brief illness, at the age of 92 years. She died of multiple-organ failure at Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital, where she was admitted in early January after testing positive for COVID-19. She was cremated with State honours in Shivaji Park.

The Union government has announced a two-day national mourning, while the Maharashtra government has declared a public holiday on 7 February 2022. Rajya Sabha will be adjourned for an hour on 7 February 2022, in her honour because she was a member of the House from 1999 to 2005.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Sachin Tendulkar, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan and thousands of luminaries and fans joined her family members to bid adieu.

Lata Mangeshkar sang thousands of songs in several Indian languages in a record-breaking career. She was born in Indore on September 28, 1929, to Dinanath Mangeshkar, a classical singer and theatre personality, and Shevanti. She was named Hema at birth but her parents later renamed her after a woman character named Latika, from her father’s play Bhaaw Bandhan. She made her debut on stage at the age of five in a play Soubhadra. She got her first major break with the song Dil Mera Toda, Mujhe Kahin Ka Na Chhora in the movie Majboor (1948) “Aayega Aanewaala from Mahal (1949), picturised on actor Madhubala, became her first major hit.

She received multiple awards and honours namely, National Film Awards, Padma Bhushan (1969), Padma Vibhushan (1999), Bharat Ratna (2001), Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1989) and France’s highest civilian award (2009)

President Ram Nath Kovind, said, “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.”

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