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India mourns the death of its ‘Melody Queen’

Published on: Sunday February 06, 2022

By: Bernama

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NEW DELHI: India on Sunday mourned the passing of famous Bollywood singer Lata Mangeshkar, who captivated generations of music lovers. Mangeshkar died in a Mumbai hospital where she was admitted last month after contracting Covid-19. The 92-year-old song-reading legend, a staple feature of Indian films, has recorded thousands of songs in different languages ​​including his mother tongue Hindi, Marathi and Bengali, over the course of a seven-decade career.


She was known for her versatility and revered as the “Melody Queen” of India. “I am distressed beyond words. The kind and caring Lata Didi has left us. She leaves a void in our nation that cannot be filled,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his message of condolence. “Generations to come will remember her as a pillar of Indian culture, whose melodious voice had an unparalleled ability to mesmerize people,” he said. Mangeshkar’s condition had deteriorated and she was put on a ventilator at Breach Candy Hospital, according to reports. She was “under aggressive therapy,” Dr. Pratit Samdani said in a statement on Saturday. The eldest of five siblings, she was born in Indore, central India, in 1929 and moved to Mumbai, then known as Bombay, in her youth. As a child, she learned music from her father and later studied classical music from experts such as Ustad Aman Ali Khan Bhendibazarwale and Ustad Amanat Khan Devaswale.


Her career as a film singer took off after she came into contact with Ghulam Haidar, one of the leading musical directors of that period. She sang for the 1948 film “Majboor” and her success translated into a succession of assignments for her. Mangeshkar has given his voice to countless devotional, romantic and patriotic songs which have become popular through India’s national radio and television network. Advances in film and music production techniques and the internet brought her greater fame as she witnessed the generational changes in Bollywood. Her 88-year-old sister, Asha Bhosle, is also a famous playback singer. Mangeshkar has received some of the country’s best-known national awards, including the highest civilian honor Bharat Ratna in 2001. Grief was acute in Mumbai, the capital of Maharashtra and the film hub of India, where she lived in the wealthy locality of Pedder Road. “Heartbroken, but blessed to have known and loved this amazing soul,” film actor Anil Kapoor wrote in a tweet. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray described his death as the end of an era. Mangeshkar will be entitled to a state funeral.
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