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Lata Mangeshkar (1929-2022) no more

Lata Mangeshkar
Lata Mangeshkar

Lata Mangeshkar, the legendary singer, died on Sunday in Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital, according to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. She was 92 years old at the time. In January, the singer, dubbed "India's Nightingale," was hospitalised to the hospital with Covid-19 and pneumonia.

Lata Mangeshkar passed away in the intensive care unit of the hospital where she had been for about three weeks. Along with the deadly illness, the renowned singer also battled pneumonia. Lata Mangeshkar died at 8:12 a.m., according to a report in the Times of India.

Her training began when she eavesdropped on her father Dinanath Mangeshkar's training sessions as a child in a strict musical Marathi home. In the absence of the famed classical singer and theatrical veteran, a young Lata was seen correcting one of his students, informing him how her father performs a certain raga. He quickly took her under his wing, and Lata, who was about 5 or 6 years old at the time, would sing with her father and sleep on his lap.

Mangeshkar began her career at the age of 13 when her father died, singing for a Marathi film called Kiti Hasal. She has three sisters, Meena, Asha, and Usha, and a brother, Hridaynath, who are also outstanding singers and musicians (1942). Her migration to Mumbai in 1945 was followed by modest roles in a few films till Aayega Aanewala, based on Madhubala in Mahal, gave her the major break (1949).

Mangeshkar, regarded as one of India's best vocalists, was awarded the Bharat Ratna, the country's highest civilian honour, in 2001. She also received several additional honours, including the Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, and Dada Saheb Phalke Award, as well as other National Film Awards.