TRIBUTES has been paid to singer and Bollywood legend Lata Mangeshkar, who has passed away aged 92.
Known as “the nightingale of India”, her voice has appeared in more than 1,000 Indian films over her 70-year career.
A doctor said she passed away Sunday at a hospital in Mumbai from complications from Covid-19.
Dr Pratit Samdani told reporters outside Breach Candy hospital: “Lata Di died at 8:12 am from multiple organ failure after more than 28 days of being diagnosed with Covid-19.
Mangeshkar has achieved superstar status in her home country as a playback singer – providing music for imitators – and her soft, high-pitched voice has become a part of most every Indian household.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to her, saying her death had left a “void” in the heart of the country.
Writing on Twitter on Sunday, he said: “The kind and caring Lata Didi (sister) has left us. She has left a void in our country that cannot be filled.
“Generations to come will remember her as a solid Indian cultural icon, whose melodious voice had the unparalleled ability to mesmerize people.”
The Indian government has ordered two national days for the singer, who started performing in public when she was 9 years old.
India’s interior ministry said in a statement it would fly the country’s flag at half-mast until the end of Monday, adding: “There will be no official entertainment.”
World stars of Bollywood and other Indian cultural icons have also paid their respects to the singer.
Actor Akshay Kunar wrote on Twitter: “How can one forget such a voice! Extremely saddened by the passing of Lata Mangeshkar ji, sincere condolences and prayers.”
Renowned Indian cricketer Virat Kohli tweeted: “Extremely sad to hear of Lata ji’s passing. Her melodious songs have touched millions of people around the world. Thank you all. my music and memories. My deepest condolences to the family and loved ones.”
Another former cricketer, Virender Sehwag, posted: “The nightingale of India, a vocalist that has resonated and brought joy and happiness to millions around the world has left. Sincerely yours. My condolences to the family and fans. Om Shanti.”
Reports say Lata tested positive for Covid on January 8 and was taken to a hospital in Mumbai.
Lata was born on September 28, 1929 in Madhya Pradesh.
Trained in Indian classical music since the age of 5, Lata’s father, Deenanath Mangeshkar, is an accomplished classical singer and stage actor.
Lata performed in public for the first time at the age of 9 and recorded her first song at the age of 13.
She leaves a void in our nation that cannot be filled.
Tragedy struck when her father died just a month after her first filming, and, needing to support her four younger siblings and mother, Lata began working in India’s burgeoning film industry. Degree.
Although she was fired at first because her voice was too thin and sharp, by 1948 she was lending her voice to half a dozen films a year.
As her career flourished, she became one of the most sought-after playback singers in India.
In Indian films, usually the music director will insert from 8 to 10 songs in sync with the movie plot.
Singers like Lata have been hired to pre-record songs that actors will lip-sync or will play in a sequence on screen.
Her big break came with the 1949 film Mahal where she sang the hit song “Aayega Aanewala”.
She won her first National Film Award in 1973 for the song “Beeti Na Bitai” in the film Parichay.
After the Indochina war in 1963, her song “Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon” became an unofficial national anthem and her most requested song at concerts.
In 2001, she received the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor, and performed songs in more than five languages for various Indian film industries.
When asked if she had any regrets in a TV interview in 2009, Lata replied, “I really wanted to be a classical singer. But when I started working, I had too many responsibilities. so I can’t pay attention to my classical music. I don’t have time to practice.”
In total, Lata has voiced over 1,300 movies and sang over 25,000 songs.
Outside of India, her music has been used in Hollywood films including Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Life of Pi, Lion and The Hundred-Foot Journey.
She’s been tapering off her massive workload since the turn of the millennium but still works on at least a couple of films a year.
Lata was once asked by an interviewer how she became such a successful playback singer.
“Innate talent contributes about 75% and the rest is hard work, practice and diet restriction,” she said.
“I don’t do restrictive things… I just sing all my life.”
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