Lata Mangeshkar, the legendary vocalist, died Thursday at the age of 92 in Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital. The beloved singer, who was often termed the "nightingale of India," succumbed to post-covid complications, which led to multi-organ failure, after battling a Covid infection and pneumonia for about a month and recovering from both. In honor of the iconic singer, a two-day national mourning period will be celebrated. As a symbol of respect, the national flag will be flown at half-mast for two days, and Mangeshkar will be given a state funeral.
Dr. Pratit Samdani, who was treating the 92-year-old at Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital, released a statement following her death. Mangeshkar died of multiple organ failure, according to him. "We report the unfortunate death of LataMangeshkar at 8:12 a.m. with great sadness. After more than 28 days in the hospital following #COVID19, she died of multi-organ failure "Dr. Samdani provided information.
Following Mangeshkar's death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that he considers it a great honor to have earned such adoration from Mangeshkar. The prime minister went on to say that his contacts with her will be remembered for a long time. He expressed his sorrow alongside his fellow Indians over Mangeshkar's death.
Mangeshkar, an illustrious and prolific artist, accomplished what few others could. She achieved a degree of perfection in Hindi film music that has yet to be matched. "Kambakhat galti se bhi besura nahi gaati (She doesn't sing out of tune even if it's by accident)," Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan famously said about her. Mangeshkar has been a symbol of greatness throughout her life and will continue to be so for decades to come. Her greatness rested not in her technical abilities, but in her connection with the music, she sang, a link that bonded her listeners as well. She is regarded as one of India's most popular singers, with a career spanning seven decades and over 30,000 songs in numerous languages. Between 1948 and 1974, she is reported to have sung about 25,000 songs, making her the most recorded performer in history, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Mangeshkar was born in a Sikh neighborhood in Indore and reared in a musical household in Kolhapur. Master Dinanath Mangeshkar, her father, was a Gwalior Gharana musician who also owned a theatre company. Lata's first guru was him. She just went to school for one day. She was about five years old at the time, and she was accompanied by a little Asha (Bhosle). The school, however, would not allow such a little youngster to sit in her class. She made the decision to never return.
India has lost one of its most prolific and renowned artists — the last of her kind – with her death. She leaves a legacy of a voice that could transcend divisions and bring people together by its sublime beauty, in addition to her extensive output.
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