Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, one of India’s greatest cultural icons, has died at the age of 92.
The star died of multiple organ failure at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai after being admitted on January 11 with COVID-19, officials said.
Born in 1929 in India before independence, Mangeshkar’s career spanned eight decades – from the era of Frank Sinatra to Adele – after he began singing on stage at just nine years old.
At 13, she starred in a Marathi film and also had several small roles in Hindi cinema, but singing was her passion.
She continued to perform about 15,000 songs in more than a dozen languages and was considered the voice of Bollywood, working with almost every director, actor and actress in the industry.
Gently revered as the “Queen of Melody” and “Nightingale of India”, she charmed listeners with her sleek voice and range, singing everything from patriotic songs to romantic numbers, both in movies and albums.
The defining moment of her career came in the epic historical Mughal-e-Azam, a romantic tragedy that was published in 1960.
The iconic song from the movie Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya? (Why fear if you’re in love?) Is considered one of the defining songs of Bollywood movies.
Her song Aye Mere Waten ke Log, in memory of Indian soldiers killed in the war with China in 1962, is only second only to India’s national anthem and moved then-Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to tears when she sang it in his presence.
Many of the songs he has performed in more than 500 films are considered classics, including Aaega Aanewale, Lag jaa gale, Mohe panghat Pe, Chalte chalte, Mere Aawaz hi Meri Pechchan hai, Ajeeb Daastan hai, Neela aasma so gaya, Pani pani re and Jia Jale.
The popularity extends far beyond India
Her voice was seen as a benchmark for excellence, compared to any singer whose voice was pre-recorded for use in movies.
Even in her advanced years, she sang songs about actresses at the age of one-third.
Mangeskar struggled to give singers their rightful place in cinema and did not give up royalties, although that meant not working with some of the best music directors for long periods of time.
She refused to take part in film awards ceremonies until a separate category for playback singers was created.
She also expressed concerns about diminishing originality when old songs were remixed with new music.
Praised and revered at home, Mangeshkar’s popularity extends far beyond India.
It has been celebrated not only in neighboring Pakistan and Bangladesh, but also in western countries, Africa and the Middle East.
I am indescribably sad. Dear and caring Lata Didi left us. It leaves a void in our nation that cannot be filled. Future generations will remember her as a supporter of Indian culture, whose melodic voice had an incomparable ability to hypnotize people. pic.twitter.com/MTQ6TK1mSO
– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 6, 2022
The French government awarded her its highest civilian award, the Officier de la Legion d’Honneur, in 2007.
“A void that cannot be filled”
“I am helpless,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted as he responded to the news.
“Dear and caring Lata Didi has left us. It leaves a void in our nation that cannot be filled.
“Future generations will remember her as a supporter of Indian culture, whose melodic voice had an incomparable ability to hypnotize people.
President Ram Nat Covind described her death as “heartbreaking”.
A two-day national mourning will be marked, with the national flag waving in half, according to government sources.
Mangeshkar, the eldest of five children, never marries.
She is survived by her four siblings, all of whom are accomplished singers and musicians.
Lata Mangeshkar: The legendary Indian singer, known as “Nightingale” and the voice of Bollywood, has died at the age of 92 | World news
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