Lata Mangeshkar passes away: Celebs pay tribute to Nightingale of India

Acclaimed singer Lata Mangeshkar breathed her last at Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai on Sunday. She was 92. The singer, called the Nightingale of India, was admitted to the hospital in January with Covid-19 and pneumonia.

Daughter of Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar and Shevanti Mangeshkar, Lata belonged to a musical family. Her father was a well-known Marathi musician and theatre artiste. She was first tutored by her father and later appeared as a child artiste in several of his plays.

Lata Mangeshkar recorded her first Hindi song called “Mata Ek Sapoot Ki Duniya Badal De Tu” for the Marathi feature Gajaabhaau, which had released in 1943. Later, she went on to collaborate with some of the most popular names of the Hindi music industry, including the likes of Anil Biswas, Shankar Jaikishan, Naushad Ali and SD Burman among others.

She has lent her voice to songs in Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, and other regional languages. She has been honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan as well as several National and Filmfare Awards.

For her contribution to cinema and the field of arts, Lata was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1969, the Padma Vibhushan in 1999 and the Bharat Ratna in 2001. She was also conferred the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1989 by the government of India and France’s highest civilian award, the Legion of Honour, in 2007.

Apart from these honours, Lata also won four Filmfare Awards in the category of Best Playback Singing. She was given the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993. The singer had once made news when she refused to take her award in order to promote fresh talent in the industry.

Some of the most popular tracks of Lata Mangeshkar are “Tujhe Dekha Toh Ye Jana Sanam,” “Gori Hai Kalaiyan,” “Lag Jaa Gale,” “Sawan Ka Mahina,” “Pyar Kiya to Darna Kya,” “Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon” among more.

Lata was one of those rare singers who not only sang in Hindi, but in a wide variety of languages, including a few foreign ones too.

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