The veteran singer was admitted to a city hospital in early January this year after she tested positive for Covid-19
Lata Mangeshkar, one of India’s most beloved singers, has died at the age of 92. She sang tens of thousands of songs during her lifetime. In January, she was taken to a Mumbai hospital after testing positive for Covid-19.She died of multi-organ failure, according to the doctor who treated her. Mangeshkar had a remarkable career that spanned more than half a century and included more than 30,000 songs in 36 languages. Her work in Bollywood, India’s Hindi film industry, cemented her status as a national icon.
From Sunday, the Indian government has declared two days of national mourning, during which the national flag will be flown at half-mast across the country. She will also be granted a state funeral, the date and location of which have yet to be determined. As soon as the news broke, tributes to Mangeshkar, dubbed the “nightingale of Bollywood,” came pouring in.
The news was “heartbreaking for me, as it is for millions throughout the world,” President Ram Nath Kovind said, adding that “generations found expression of their inner-most feelings” in her songs.
Mangeshkar’s death, according to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, created a “gap in our nation that cannot be replaced.”
Lata Mangeshkar was born on September 28, 1929, in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India’s central state. She began learning music at the age of five from her theatre-loving father, Deenanath Mangeshkar. Following her father’s death, Mangeshkar’s family relocated to Mumbai (then Bombay), where she began singing in Marathi films as a teenager.
She also supported her family by acting in minor roles in a few films, although she subsequently admitted that her heart wasn’t in it. She told interviewers, “I was happiest singing.” In 1949, she had a great break with a haunting song for the film Mahal called Aayega Aanewala.
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