Lata Mangeshkar, Nightingale and Queen of Melody, Dies At 92
The legendary singer of India, Lata Mangeshkar died today at the age of 92 at the Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai, India. She was born as Hema Mangeshkar on 28 September 1929. She was an Indian singer and music composer. She was widely considered as one of the greatest and most influential singers in India. Her contribution to the Indian music industry in a career spanning seven decades has gained her honorific titles such as the Nightingale of India and Queen of Melody.
She was admitted to Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai since 11th January after having tested positive for COVID-19. She was showing signs of improvement after 28th January, but on 5th February her condition deteriorated and she was shifted to ventilator support. She was put under aggressive therapy and was tolerating the procedures before her unfortunate demise.
She was the recipient of Bharat Ratna in 2001 which is India’s highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award in 1999, and Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award in 1969. She also received France’s highest civilian award, ‘Officier de la Legion d’Honneur’ in 2009.
In a tribute to her, the late Dilip Kumar once said, “The way the fragrance of a flower has no color, a flowing spring or cool breeze belongs to no country, the smile of an innocent child has no religion, similarly Lata Mangeshkar’s voice is a miracle of nature’s creativity.”
Two days national mourning will be observed in memory of Lata Mangeshkar
Two-day national mourning to be observed in memory of Lata Mangeshkar. The National flag to fly at half-mast for two days, as a mark of respect: Govt sources— ANI (@ANI) February 6, 2022
Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi honors Lata Mangeshkar in his tweet
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
Dr Pratit Samdani who was treating Lata Mangeshkar said
It is with profound grief that we announce the sad demise of #LataMangeshkar at 8:12am. She has died because of multi-organ failure after more than 28 days of hospitalisation post #COVID19: Dr Pratit Samdani, who was treating her at Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital pic.twitter.com/ndqdJWpqb1— ANI (@ANI) February 6, 2022