MUMBAI: Icon Lata Mangeshkar – the Nightingale of India – died at Breach Candy Hospital here on Sunday (6th of February, 2022) at the age of 92.
She tested positive for COVID-19 on 8th of January, 2021 and was under treatment in the medical facility. On Saturday (5th of February), when her condition aggravated, she was put on ventilator. A state funeral and two days of national mourning has been announced by the Govt of India.
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi took to the Twitter to express his sorrow: “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 mesmerize people.”
President of India Rashtrapati Bhavan tweeted: “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…An artist born but once in centuries, Lata-didi was an exceptional human being, full of warmth, as I found whenever I met her. The divine voice has gone quiet forever but her melodies will remain immortal, echoing in eternity. My condolences to her family and admirers everywhere.”
Rahul Gandhi, Member of the Indian National Congress, Member of Parliament stated: “Received the sad news of Lata Mangeshkar ji’s demise. She remained the most beloved voice of India for many decades. Her golden voice is immortal and will continue to echo in the hearts of her fans. My condolences to her family, friends and fans.”
Prime Minister Imran Khan has stated: “With the death of Lata Mangeshkar the subcontinent has lost one of the truly great singers the world has known. Listening to her songs has given so much pleasure to so many people all over the world.”
UN Secretary-General offered condolences to her family and the people and the Government of India.
Lata Mangeshkar was as admirer of the Pakistani singers Noor Jehan and Mehndi Hasan.
The Voice of India, sang for more than seventy years in a number of languages.
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