Lata Mangeshkar, legendary Indian singer, dies at age 92

New Delhi — Legendary Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar, with a prolific and groundbreaking catalog and a voice recognized by more than a billion people in South Asia, has died. She was 92 years old.

The iconic singer died Sunday morning at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai due to multiple organ failure, her doctor, Dr. Platit Samdani, told reporters. She was hospitalized on January 11 after being infected with COVID-19. She removed the ventilator after she improved her symptoms in late January, but on Saturday her health deteriorated and she returned to life support.

Mangeskar received a state funeral, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi jumped in from New Delhi to pay his last respect.

Modi was next to Mangeskar’s body as thousands of people, including Bollywood stars and politicians, rushed to Mumbai’s iconic Shivaji Park and were buried in Vedic hymns and special gun salute chanting. I placed a wreath and was wrapped in the Indian flag.

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The Defense Forces will carry the body of Lata Mangeshkar during a funeral in Mumbai, India, on February 6, 2022. (Rafiq Maqbool / AP photo)
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The body of Lata Mangeshkar is lying in honor of people outside her home in Mumbai, India, on February 6, 2022. (Rafiq Maqbool / AP Photo)

Doordarshan, an Indian public broadcaster, sent a live scene of the cremation to a sad country while the Mangeshkar song was playing in the background.

India declared a two-day memorial and lowered the national flag until Monday.

Immediately after the announcement of Mangeskar’s death, a message of condolence was sent.

“I’m suffering beyond words,” Modi said in a tweet. “She leaves her a blank that can’t be filled in our country. Her next generation will remember her as a solid position in Indian culture. Her melodious voice, It had an unparalleled ability to fascinate people. “

For almost 80 years, Mangeskar was a major player in the Playback Singer, singing songs that were later lip-synched by Indian gorgeous Bollywood musical actors. She was also lovingly respected as “Melody Queen” and “Indian Nightingale”.

The always emotional Mangeskar songs were often sad and mostly unrequited love, while other songs included national pride and struck Indian and national defense forces during the war with neighboring Pakistan and China. Used to motivate.

Born in Indore on September 28, 1929, Mangeskar first sang at a religious rally with his father, who was also a trained singer. After she moved to Mumbai, the center of the Indian film industry, she became a very popular star, captivating the audience with her smooth and sharp voice, and immortalizing Hindi music over the next few decades. I made it.

Few musicians defined diversity like Mangeskar, who released his Bollywood film debut in 1942 when he was only 13 years old. Shortly thereafter, she became an icon of Hindi songs, speaking to more than 1,000 Bollywood and more than 5,000 songs in local languages. movie. She sang for early Bollywood female superstars like Madhubala and Mina Kumari, and later spoke to modern diva like Priyanka Chopra.

Mangeskar was still in his twenties when he was already established as one of the best playback singers in India. But the moment that determined her career was in the epic historic “Mughal-Emperor”, a romantic tragedy released in 1960. Its soundtrack “Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya?” (Why are you afraid when you’re in love?) It’s been considered one of the most memorable Bollywood movies for decades. It is a clear microcosm of the often rebellious nature of love.

Throughout her career, Mangeskar worked with almost all legendary Indian music directors, including Madanmohan, Naushad, SD Berman, RD Berman, duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal, and AR Rahman, to sell tens of millions of records. .. She has also won dozens of song awards and has earned an almost saint-like position in the Bollywood music industry.

“I can’t believe I’ve been tolerated by music lovers for 75 years!” She said in an interview with news website Rediff last year.

Mangeskar’s popularity has expanded far beyond India. She was celebrated not only in her neighboring Pakistan and Bangladesh, but also in some Western countries.

In 2001, she was awarded the “Bharat Ratna”, the highest civilian honor in India. In 2007, the French government awarded her highest civilian award, the Legion of Honor.

In December, Mangeskar celebrated its 80th anniversary of its radio debut.

She wrote on Twitter in Hindi: “On December 16, 1941, I sang two songs for the first time in a radio studio after asking for my parents’ blessings. Today is 80 years. For the last 80 years, I have been immeasurable love and blessings from people. I have always believed in your love and blessings. “

Mangeskar has never been married. She is survived by four brothers, all skilled singers and musicians.

Shake Sarik

Associated Press