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Lata Mangeshkar Passed Away – Last Rites

Lata Mangeshkar
Lata Mangeshkar

India’s most loved singer Lata Mangeshkar, who had once moved Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to tears, leaves behind a teary-eyed nation of admirers who grew up listening to her immutable voice give wings to the words of poets and the screen careers of legions of heroines. Popularly known as the nation’s Melody Queen, who also composed music for Marathi films and was a producer as well, and had the distinction of being conferred with the highest civilian honours of India and France, passed away on Sunday morning at the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai, where she had been admitted because of Covid-related complications on January 8.

The news of Mangeshkar’s death has deeply saddened the entire film fraternity who took to their social media handles to extend condolences. Celebs took to social media to pay their last respects. Doctor Pratit Samdani who was treating her at Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital, shared the statement, “It is with profound grief that we announce the sad demise of Lata Mangeshkar at 8:12 am. She has died because of multi-organ failure after more than 28 days of hospitalization post-COVID-19”. Lata Mangeshkar was admitted to the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 on January 8, i.e. 28 days. May her soul rest in peace.

Lata Mangeshkar’s funeral will be performed with full state honours at Shivaji Park, Mumbai where her mortal remains will be kept for public homage.

One of India’s most loved voices, the Nightingale of India was the recipient of three National Film Awards, seven Filmfare awards, and of course, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1989. She was conferred India’s highest civilian honor Bharat Ratna in 2001, becoming the second singer after M.S. Subbulakshmi to be so honored, and the French awarded her the Officer of the Legion of Honor. She has also been lauded with numerous awards and honors including the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan.

The mortal remains of India’s most revered artist Lata Mangeshkar, the singer, whose name was written into legend long years before she took her last breath in Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital, was moved from her Pedder Road home to Shivaji Park for cremation at 4 PM on Sunday. Wrapped in Tricolour, Lata Mangeshkar’s body was taken for her final journey into a military truck decorated with white flowers.

The government announced a two-day “state mourning” for Mangeshkar, who had a prodigious almost eight-decade career in which she sang an estimated 25,000 songs.

“She is no more. She died in the morning,” her younger sister Usha Mangeshkar told PTI, confirming the news that one of India’s most well known and well loved personalities was no more.

The body of the singer was first taken to her Pedder Road residence Prabhu Kunj and later to Shivaji Park for her multitude of fans to pay their respect before the funeral at Shivaji Park around 6.30 pm.

As millions mourned her and said thank you for your music, the tributes came pouring in with President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading a heartbroken nation in remembering her.

Lata Mangeshkar, whose voice struck an instant chord of recognition with generations of South Asians and is considered one of India’s greats, died in a Mumbai hospital on Sunday due to multiple organ failure. She was 92. The singer, whose name was written into legend long years before she took her last breath in Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital, had been in hospital since January 8 when she was diagnosed with Covid with mild symptoms. She was also diagnosed with pneumonia.

“She is no more. She died in the morning,” her younger sister Usha Mangeshkar told PTI, confirming the news that one of India’s most well known and well loved personalities was no more.

“Lata di died at 8.12 am due to multi organ failure after over 28 days of COVID-19 diagnosis,” Dr Pratit Samdani, who was treating the singer at the Breach Candy hospital here, told reporters.

The government announced a two-day “state mourning” for Mangeshkar, who had a prodigious almost eight-decade career in which she sang an estimated 25,000 songs in as many as 36 Indian languages, including Hindi, Marathi, Tamil and Kannada, and across classical and other genres.

Official sources in New Delhi said a wireless message had been sent out to state chief secretaries by the Union Home Ministry that the national flag will fly at half mast from February 6 to February 7 throughout India.There will be no official entertainment in this period.

The body of the singer was first taken to her Pedder Road residence Prabhu Kunj and later to Shivaji Park for her multitude of fans to pay their respect before the funeral at Shivaji Park around 6.30 pm.

Thousands of people gathered outside the hospital and lined the streets to pay their last respects to the woman whose voice they woke up to, listened to as they went about their day and as they turned in for the night, their accompaniment in every mood and every hour.

As millions mourned her and said thank you for your music, the tributes came pouring in with President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading a heartbroken nation in remembering her.

“Lata-ji’s demise is heart-breaking for me, as it is for millions the world over. In her vast range of songs, rendering the essence and beauty of India, generations found expression of their innermost emotions. A Bharat Ratna, Lata-ji’s accomplishments will remain incomparable,” the president said.

The Maharashtra government announced a public holiday as well as one-day mourning on Monday as a mark of respect to melody queen Lata Mangeshkar, who died in a hospital in Mumbai at the age of 92. “Maharashtra Government has declared a public holiday for tomorrow (February 7) to mourn the demise of Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar,” a statement from CMO read.

The legendary singer had tested positive for coronavirus with mild symptoms and was admitted on January 8 to Breach Candy Hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) where she was being treated by Dr Pratit Samdani and his team of doctors.

Lata Mangeshkar died of multiple organ failure at the age of 92 at the Breach Candy Hospital 28 days after she was hospitalized for having contracted COVID-19 with pneumonia

Lata Mangeshkar, born on September 28, 1929 in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore, has received some of the country’s top civilian awards – Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke Awards.

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