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Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar passes away at 92: President Kovind, PM Modi express grief over her demise

Legendary singer Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar is no more. She was 92. Hospitalised after contracting Covid-19, Lata Mangeshkar, also known as the Indian Nightingale, passed away at Breach Candy hospital. The singer was rushed to the hospital on 8th January, after she tested positive for Covid-19. A public darshan will be held at Shivaji Park in Mumbai and she will be accorded a state funeral.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu,  Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders have condoled her death.

Mr Kovind said  Lata-Ji’s demise is heartbreaking for himself as it is for millions the world over. He said, 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.

Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu said  India has lost its voice in the death of Lata ji, who has enthralled music lovers in India and across the globe with her mellifluous and sublime voice for many decades.

Prime Minister Modi said  Lata Didi’s songs brought out a variety of emotions and she closely witnessed the transitions of the Indian film world for decades. Mr Modi said, beyond films, she was always passionate about India’s growth and always wanted to see a strong and developed India.

Prime minister in his tribute said, he has always received immense affection from Lata Didi and interactions with her will remain unforgettable. Mr Modi said, she leaves a void in our nation that cannot be filled and the coming generations will remember her as a stalwart of Indian culture, whose melodious voice had an unparalleled ability to mesmerise people.

Home Minister, Amit Shah said with her melodious and mesmerizing voice,  she has filled the lives of every generation not only in India but all over the world with the sweetness of Indian music. Surface transport minister Nitin Gadkari her music has been very dear to him.

Information and Broadcasting minister Anurag Thakur said Lata Ji’s magical voice shall remain immortal. Mr Thakur said her voice will continue to echo everywhere be it at borders or be it at prayers.

BJP President JP Nadda said it is an irreparable loss to the entire art world.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said her golden voice is immortal and will continue to echo in the hearts of her fans.

The Union government has decided that as mark of respect two days of state mourning will be observed. During state mourning national flag will be flown at half-mast throughout the country and there will be no entertainment.

Lata Mangeshkar was born on September 28, 1929, to a Marathi and Konkani musician Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar. Originally named Hema, she was the eldest of five siblings, including veteran singer Asha Bhosle.

Lata Mangeshkar, doyen of  Indian film music and arguably the best female playback singer the country has ever produced has breathed her last after battling with fragile health for days at the Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai.

Her mellifluous voice straight from the soul ruled the air of not only India but the entire globe for decades; generation after generation, and she will continue to be the yardstick in the world of music for centuries to come.

Her gargantuan feat of recording around 30 thousand songs in almost all languages of the country remains a testimony to the enormous service she rendered to the world of music in India.

Many bollywood divas right from Madhubala, Vyajanthimala, Padmini, Nutan, Nargis, Meena Kumari, Mala Sinha, Sadhana to Hema Malini, Shabana Azmi, Sridevi and Aishwarya Rai were lucky enough to lip-sync the unbelievably mellifluous voice of the legendary singer.

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