Lata Mangeshkar's health recently deteriorated and was rushed to Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital. Her condition was said to be critical and she was put on the ventilator. The Queen of Melody passed away on 6th February 2022 at the age of 92.
Veteran singer, Lata Mangeshkar had earlier tested positive for COVID-19 and suffered from mild symptoms. She was admitted to Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital earlier this week. The legendary singer was kept in the ICU under observation.
Earlier, Associate professor Dr Pratit Samdani from the hospital said, "She continues to be in the ICU under observation. We have to wait and watch. Pray for her recovery. She will continue to remain in the hospital."
Lata Mangeshkar's sister, Asha Bhosle while speaking to a news daily earlier had shared that she visited the hospital to meet her elder sister but wasn't allowed. Asha Bhosle shared that severe restrictions and protocols were being followed in view of the ongoing pandemic at the hospital. However, she got to know that her sister's health was improving and it was better than before.
She was discharged after her health was stable. However, once again she was admitted to the hospital. She was under aggressive therapy. Her condition was critical.
Lata Mangeshkar's Nephew Collects Ashes From Shivaji Park
Lata Mangeshkar's nephew Adinath Mangeshkar collected the singer's ashes from Shivaji Park, Mumbai. Assistant Municipal Commissioner Kiran Dighavkar told PTI, "We handed over the asthi kalash (urn) to Adinath, son of Lata's brother and music composer Hridaynath Mangeshkar." There are no reports on where the family has decided to immerse the ashes.
Lata Mangeshkar Final Rites
Lata Mangeshkar's mortal remains were shifted to her residence Prabhukunj in Peddar Road from the hospital. Her body was kept at her residence till 3 pm for homage. Her mortal remains are being taken to Shivaji Park where she will be cremated today.
Mumbai | People join the funeral procession of #LataMangeshkar as it proceeds to Shivaji Park from her 'Prabhukunj' residence— ANI (@ANI) February 6, 2022
The last rites of the legendary singer will be performed at Shivaji Park today evening pic.twitter.com/poVpSWNm2f
Before the final procession, the legendary singer's body was covered in tricolour. Hundreds of fans had gathered outside her residence for her last glimpse. Lata Mangeshkar's sister Asha Bhosle was seen with her hands folded next to her sister's mortal remains. A large truck with a picture of the late singer decorated with flowers arrived at the residence and the funeral procession began. Reportedly, 8 priests performed the final ritual. The ritual included chanting of mantras for the deceased and took about 30 minutes.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered floral tribute to the late singer. Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, Sachin Tendulkar, Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Vidya Balan also paid their last respects to Lata Mangeshkar at the cremation ground.
2-Day National Mourning To Be Observed
In the memory of the veteran singer, Lata Mangeshkar two-day national mourning will be observed. The National flag will fly at half-mast for two days as a mark of respect as per Government sources, a tweet by ANI suggested.
Condolences Pour In
PM Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to his Twitter handle and shared a picture with the veteran singer. He wrote, "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."
President Ram Nath Kovind
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
President Shri Ram Nath Kovind took to his Twitter handle and wrote, "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."
Bigg Boss 13 fame on her Twitter handle wrote, "India lost its voice today, we are speechless, Om Shanti 🙏🏻 #LataMangeshkarJi."
Feeling numb. Devastated. Yesterday was Saraswati Puja & today Ma took her blessed one with her. Somehow it feels that even the birds, trees & wind are silent today.— Shreya Ghoshal (@shreyaghoshal) February 6, 2022
Swar Kokila Bharat Ratna #LataMangeshkar ji your divine voice will echo till eternity. Rest in peace. Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/UvUDTPu1eq
The Nightingale of India ,a voice which has resonated with, brought joy and happiness to millions around the world leaves. Heartfelt Condolences to her family and fans. Om Shanti 🙏#LataMangeshkarpic.twitter.com/O6gWb27x3s— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 6, 2022
If we play her songs one by one, we could hear her for a month and never hear the same song again. Prolific and profound. I mourn with the rest of the country for our nightingale...— Kajol (@itsKajolD) February 6, 2022
My deepest condolences to the family.#LataMangeshkarpic.twitter.com/Dy01l6mbjI
Lata Mangeshkar's 8 Decade Long Journey In Indian Cinema
Also known as the Nightingale Of India, Lata Mangeshkar, through her almost eight-decade long journey in the music industry gave her voice to many songs in different languages including Hindi, Bengali and Marathi among others.
The 92-year-old singer was one of the most popular playback singers in India. She recorded over 1000 songs for Hindi films and sung for 36 other languages including foreign languages. Lata Mangeshkar got her first break with the song, 'Dil Mera Toda, Mujhe Kahin Ka Na Chhora' in the year 1948. However, she got recognition with the song 'Aayega Aanewala' in the year 1949. Post that, she never looked back.
Lata Mangeshkar gave many hits like 'Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya', 'Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo', 'Piya Tose', 'Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai', 'Hothon Pe Aisi Baat', 'Aap Ki Nazron Ne Samjha', 'Lag Jaa Gale', 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram', 'Jiya Jale', 'Lukka Chhupi' among others.
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Lata Mangeshkar: Awards And Recognitions
Through her journey in Indian cinema, she was honoured with many awards and recognition. Bharat Ratna (India's highest civilian award), Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Legion Of Honour (France's highest order) were some honours she received among many others.
Lata Mangeshkar was the eldest child in the family. Her four siblings, Meena Khadikar, Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar and Hridaynath Mangeshkar are all a part of the music industry and are accomplished musicians and singers.
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