New Delhi: The government announced that a two-day national period of mourning will be held in memory of Lata Mangeshkar, who was died today at Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital. The funeral will take place this evening at 6.30 pm with full state honors.
In respect of the great singer, the national flag will be flying at half-mast for a period of two days.
Lata, known as “The Nightingale of India”, was admitted to the hospital on January 8th with Covid-19 pneumonia. The 92-year-old singer was transferred to the intensive care unit on the 8th of January. She was admitted to the intensive care unit on Saturday, despite her recovery from Covid.
Lata Mangeshkar, the daughter of Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar & Shevanti Mangeshkar. She was born in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, on September 28, 1929. She began her career at the age of 13, after her father’s death. She had to care for her mother and four children.
Her father was a prominent influence as a young singer, being a well-known Marathi musician.
Lata Mageshkar recorded her Hindi debut song “Mata Ek Sapoot Ki Duniya Badal De Tu” in Marathi for Gajaabhaau. She then collaborated with Bollywood giants Shankar Jaikishan and Naushad Ali, among others.
Lata Mangeshkar was a renowned playback singer of Bollywood, with over 1000 movies in her remarkable career.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, mourning the loss, said that the Bharat Ratna recipient was “a stalwart Indian culture, whose melody had an unsurpassed ability to mesmerize people.”
“Lata didi’s songs brought out many emotions. She was there for the Indian film world’s transformations for many decades. Her passion was not only for films but also for India’s development. “She always desired to see a strong, developed India,” PM Modi said in a series of tweets.