Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar dies at 92

by National | 06-02-2022 | 5689 views

Mumbai: Singing legend Lata Mangeshkar passed away on Sunday at a hospital in Mumbai, her sister Usha Mangeshkar said today. The 92-year-old singer had tested positive for COVID-19 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.

Mangeshkar's condition had improved in January and she was taken off the ventilator but her health deteriorated on Saturday. Condolences poured in for the legendary singer soon after the news of her demise came, with several leaders remembering the singing legend and paying her tribute in their own way.

In her career spanning nearly eight decades, she has sung thousands of songs. However, the patriotic song Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon has a special place among them all.

On January 27, 1963, Lata performed the song 'Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon, Zara Aankh Mein Bhar Lo Pani, Zara Yaad Karo Qurbani' in front of former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru at the Ramlila Maidan in Delhi.

Jawaharlal Nehru was devastated over the defeat India suffered at the India-China war.

The song, composed by C Ramachandra, was written by Kavi Pradeep in honour of the Indian soldiers who died in the India-China War of 1962.

Coupled with Mangeshkar's mellifluous voice were the powerful, hard-hitting lyrics of Kavi Pradeep that famously moved Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to tears.

Lata Mangeshkar had told in one of her interviews that she had initially refusedto sing Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo, the name of Asha Bhosle was considered as a replacement. However, Kavi Pradeep managed to persuade Lata to sing it.

Kavi Pradeep was approached by producer Mehboob Khan to write a song so that it could act as a fund raiser at the National Stadium in New Delhi. Pradeep also accepted this offer. It is said that he chose music director C. Ramchandra for this song and Lata Mangeshkar for singer.

Lata is the recipient of three National Film Awards, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award and the Bharat Ratna, among other honours.

PM Narendra Modi on Sunday condoled the death of iconic singer Lata Mangeshkar who passed away after a month-long battle with Covid-19 and pneumonia.

"I am anguished beyond words. The kind and caring Lata Didi has left us. She leaves a void in our nation that cannot be filled. The coming generations will remember her as a stalwart of Indian culture, whose melodious voice had an unparalleled ability to mesmerise people. Lata Didi's songs brought out a variety of emotions. She closely witnessed the transitions of the Indian film world for decades. Beyond films, she was always passionate about India's growth. She always wanted to see a strong and developed India. I consider it my honour that I have always received immense affection from Lata Didi. My interactions with her will remain unforgettable. I grieve with my fellow Indians on the passing away of Lata Didi. Spoke to her family and expressed condolences. Om Shanti," the Prime Minister tweeted.

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