Lata Mangeshkar 1929-2022: saying goodbye to the nightingale of India

Naam Gum Jayega

Chehra Yeh Badal Jayega

Meri Awaaz Hi Pehchaan Hain….

And with that India remembers the melody in unparalleled voice, as the nation mourns a great loss. It’s the end of an era, legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, who enchanted people with her songs for decades, passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning (February 6, 2022).

Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Breach Candy Hospital on January 8 after testing positive for COVID-19.

Expressing his anguish over the disappearance of Nightingale of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “She leaves a void in our nation that cannot be filled.”

The President and Vice President of India also took to Twitter and expressed their sadness over this great loss to the nation.

Lata Didi; The pillar of Indian culture

Lata Mangeshkar, also known as the “Nightingale of India”, received the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian honour. She has witnessed the transitions of the Indian cinema world up close for decades. Beyond films, she has always been passionate about India’s growth. Lata Mangeshkar is no more! India’s Melody Queen, affectionately known as ‘Lata Didi’, dies aged 92.

Lata Mangeshkar’s journey is a story of courage, determination and discipline. She was more than a singer who mesmerized people with her captivating voice, but a woman who saw and adapted the transition years of India’s entertainment industry.

“” (It is more important that the artist understood the mood of a song than just singing it) – Late Lata Manceshkar said in an interview with Prasar Bharati.

Discover Lata Didi’s journey in this exclusive interview with Prasar Bharati:

From the archives of Prasar Bharati, listen to this interview of legend Lata Mangeshkar by Shanta Shelke:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AybOM0JErm8

Performances of Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar at DD Studios of yesteryear.

She has won numerous awards over her illustrious six-decade career, including three National Film Awards, 15 Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards, four Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards, two Filmfare Special Awards and the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2007, she was also awarded France’s highest civilian honour, Officer of the Legion of Honor. She received honorary doctorates from Sangeet Natak Akademi in 1989, Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya in Khairagarh and Shivaji University in Kolhapur, among others. Lata Mangeshkar, 92, was perhaps India’s most revered artist who leaves behind an unparalleled legacy.

(The story above first appeared on LatestLY on February 6, 2022 at 1:29 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle , log in to our website latestly.com).

Laura J. Boyer