‘Nightingale of India’ is no more


Two-Day National Mourning Announced

New Delhi: Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar passed away due to a multi-organ failure in Mumbai today morning.

According to the reports, Mangeshkar breathed her last at 8:12 am in Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital.

The Union Government has announced two-day National Mourning to pay respect to Lata Mangeshkar.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined the Indians in mourning the death of the ‘Nightingale of India’.

Her contribution to Indian music industry in a career spanning seven decades gained her honorific titles such as the ‘Nightingale of India’ and ‘Queen of Melody’

Lata Mangeshkar, born on September 28, 1929, had recorded songs in over thirty-six Indian languages and few foreign languages, though primarily in Hindi and Marathi.

She received several accolades and honors throughout her career. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award was bestowed on her in 1987.

In recognition of her contributions to the nation, she was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour in 2001. She is only the second vocalist, after M. S. Subbulakshmi, to receive this honour.

France conferred on her its highest civilian award, the Officer of the Legion of Honour, in 2007.

She was the recipient of three National Film Awards, 15 Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards, four Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards, two Filmfare Special Awards, Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award and many more. In 1974, she became the first Indian to perform at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

She had four siblings: Meena Khadikar, Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar and Hridaynath Mangeshkar – of whom she was the eldest. (PW News)

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