One of the world’s greatest singers of all-time, Indian legend Lata Mangeshkar passed away today at the age of 92.
She was often referred to as “the Nightingale of India”.
Popularly known as “Lata Didi,” her melodious voice enchanted Indian music fans for almost eight decades.
It was at the age of 13 that she recorded her first playback song for a Marathi film, Kiti Hasaal in 1942. She continued singing until at least 2019.
For the best part of 50 years, Lata Didi was Bharat’s most popular female singer. India’s highest civilian award – the Bharat Ratna was awarded to her in 2001.
It is reported that Lata Didi recorded over 30,000 songs and sang in over thirty-six Indian languages.
A devout Hindu
A devout Hindu, she was one of a very few Bollywood stars who dared to express her Hindutva.
In a 2014 tweet, she described Veer Savarkar as like a father to her:
She was a strong supporter of the Ram Mandir movement. When the foundation stone for the Bhavya Ram Mandir was laid in Ayodhya, she tweeted:
She tweeted a link to a Ram Bhajan sung by her, saying, “…when I was listening to the speeches of the dignitaries at the Ram Mandir Bhoomi Pujan, in my mind this song was reverberating…”:
The full tweet reads:
Her tweet ended with the words: “…today every heart-beat, every breath is saying Jay Shri Ram.”
Condolence messages have been flowing in from India and around the world.
Indian PM Narendra Modi tweeted:
AHA President Amendra Singh was at a loss for words:
Lata Didi is regarded by many Hindus as an incarnation of Maa Saraswati:
Others could not conceal their hatred for the legend, even in death: