Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar passes away at 92 in Mumbai
Veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar breathed her last in Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital today, at the age of 92. After struggling with a Covid infection, as well as pneumonia for almost a month and recovering from both, the beloved singer, who was often dubbed as the ‘nightingale of India’ succumbed to post covid complications.
‘We’re So Lucky to Have Grown Up With Her Voice’: Raveena Pays Tribute to Lata Mangeshkar
The singer Raveena, whose family immigrated to the U.S. from India after the 1984 Sikh genocide, has been listening to the late playback vocalist and composer Lata Mangeshkar her entire life. She grew up on Bollywood films and music, and Mangeshkar’s distinctive, piercing soprano is among the first voices she remembers hearing as a kid.
Mangeshkar died on Feb. 6 in Mumbai at the age of 92. Throughout Mangeshkar’s towering career, she recorded an estimated 25,000 songs, and her four-octave voice became an indelible part of Bollywood history. She worked as a teenage actress in the 1940s and eventually moved behind the scenes as a playback singer, growing into an icon lovingly called “the nightingale of Bollywood.” While she primarily performed in Hindi, she also sang in Tamil, Gujarati, Bengali, and more.
Raveena’s new album, Asha’s Awakening, is out on Feb. 11, and it draws influence from the way in which Western and South Asian sounds have been in conversation with one another throughout the decades. It’s also deeply rooted in the Bollywood songs that soundtracked her childhood. In an interview with “Rolling Stone,” she shared what Mangeshkar has meant to her and how she hopes people will remember the prolific artist.
Lata Mangeshkar was probably one of the first artists I’ve ever listened to in my life — she’s the most famous playback singer in all of India, so the first songs I was exposed to, probably since I was in the womb, were examples of Lata’s voice. I have really warm memories of my grandparents singing Bollywood songs from the 1950s and 1960s and hearing the sweetness of her voice. She’s so universally loved in India and it’s so beautiful. I feel like a lot of people from India can relate to how much I love Lata because her voice is like your childhood.
When I became a singer, I gained such an appreciation for how much control Lata had, how much power and softness she could display. She defined the very unique sound of Indian women singing— it’s such a particular style, and she influenced probably every Indian woman who became a singer. It’s interesting how many different actresses have lip-synced with Lata’s voice behind them; she’s been behind so many of our favorite soundtracks throughout Bollywood history. I think a beautiful part of Bollywood films is this sense of familiarity and growing up with the same voices. There’s another side to that, where it can be harder for new people to break in, though now they’re making more space for new voices. Yet within that, Lata is an icon, and she’s incredible. We’re so lucky to have grown up with her voice.
Her singing sounds like this feminine softness that is very present onscreen when [Bollywood] displays Indian women. It’s often these very soft, kind characters, and Lata’s voice just captures that innocence. It goes beautifully with that. But at the same time, it’s strong and full of power, and the runs she does are absolutely insane. The places she goes, how high she goes, it’s crazy — you don’t often hear that kind of soprano in the West.
Something really moving that I’ve found in Indian music and Indian culture is that there’s a lot of respect for people who have worked on their craft for hours and hours and hours. There’s also a lot of respect for older people, who have studied and put in the work. Coming from such a youth-obsessed culture, I think it’s wonderful to know this other side of music appreciation that honors our elders and the idea that we can learn from their craft. It’s also so interesting to hear Lata’s mature voice in a song like “Luka Chuppi,” to notice how it grew into a warm, grandmother-like tone that is also so strong and classic. It’s so beautiful to see someone’s art and voice change over many years and be so masterful, honed in, and well-crafted.
Suman Kalyanpur, whose voice resembles Lata Mangeshkar’s, says ‘never bothered about any comparisons people made’
Singer Lata Mangeshkar died on February 6 in a Mumbai hospital. Singer Suman Kalyanpur, whose voice is said to resemble Lata’s, has now recalled memories with her in a new interview.
Suman, who has sung songs like Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyaar Ke Charche and Naa Naa Karte Pyar Tumhin Se Kar Baithe, she never paid heed to being compared with Lata Mangeshkar. She also talked about the first time she met Lata.
Speaking to Times of India, she said, “My voice is similar to Lata tai’s. But, if keenly listened to, a connoisseur can tell them apart. I sang every song to the best of my capacity. I never bothered about any comparisons people made. I never imitated anyone since I firmly believed in sticking to my own style of singing.”
She later recalled her first meeting with Lata and said, “Lata didi and I first met at the recording of the song for the film, Mangu. I believed she had heard me sing. And while passing by the recording room, she said that I sang well. I met didi a few times mostly towards the beginning of my career. Whenever we met, I felt a strange closeness like I knew her from another life."
Lata Mangeshkar died of multiple organ failure at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai on Sunday. She was hospitalised in January after contracting Covid-19. On Thursday, Lata’s family members visited Nashik and immersed her ashes in the sacred Pavitra Ramkund on the banks of the Godavari River.
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Lata Mangeshkar, who mesmerised millions with her voice for eight decades, was cremated with full state honours in Mumbai on Sunday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among those who were present at her funeral at Mumbai’s Shivaji Park.
Suman started her career in 1954 and was very popular singer in the 1960s and 1970s. She has received the prestigious Sur Sringar Samsad award for the best classical song in a Hindi movie, three times. In 2009, she won the Lata Mangeshkar Award by the Maharashtra government. She has sung songs such as, Sathi Mere Sathi, Yun Hi Dil Ne Chaha Tha, Bujha Diye Hain, Mere Mehboob Na Ja and many more.
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Lata Mangeshkar’s ashes immersed in Nashik’s Ramkund, family attends prayer ritual
The family of Lata Mangeshkar bid farewell to the legendary singer, who died on February 6. On Thursday, Lata Mangeshkar’s family members visited Nashik and immersed her ashes in the sacred Pavitra Ramkund on the banks of the Godavari River.
Lata’s nephew, Adinath Mangeshkar and other relatives were present at the immersion ceremony. A short prayer ritual was also conducted with the family and a few close friends in attendance, performed by Hindu priests.
A number of Nashik residents also thronged the Goda Ghat in the area to pay tributes to the melody queen. “She (Lata) was not my sister, but mother. All the rituals have been performed on an auspicious muhurat,” Usha Mangeshkar later told reporters.
Nashik Purohit Sangh president Satish Shukla conducted the rituals. Nashik civic commissioner Kailas Jadhav and some local politicians were also present on the occasion. The city administration had made necessary arrangements for the rituals. A small platform and a pandal were erected at the site. Elaborate police security was deployed and vehicular traffic was prohibited in the area for some time.
Lata died in a Mumbai hospital on Sunday morning after multi-organ failure. She was cremated at the Shivaji Park in Mumbai the same evening with full state honours.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among those who paid their last respects to the music icon at the Shivaji Park. On Monday, urns containing Lata’s ashes were handed over to Adinath, the son of her brother, music composer Hridaynath Mangeshkar
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Lata Mangeshkar’s funeral was also attended by celebs such as Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, among others. Tributes poured in from the legendary singer on social media after her death on Sunday.
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The Life And Times Of Lata Mangeshkar: A Look Back At The Singing Legend’s Illustrious Care…
Autoplay Autoplay 1 of 6 Pride Of The Nation No More India’s Nightingale, singing legend Lata Mangeshkar passed away on Sunday morning. In a career spanning over seven decades, Mangeshkar delivered memorable hits that have left a mark on the Indian music industry. She has not only paved the path for upcoming musicians but is also a source of inspiration for many of them.
Her soulful voice goes well with multiple generation of actresses - from Madhubala to Madhuri to Alia Bhatt. As the pride of our nation leaves for her heavenly abode, let us take a look at the life and times of Lata Mangeshkar.
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Dignity Personified Lata Mangeshkar was born in 1929 in Indore. She was the eldest daughter of Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar, a Marathi musician and a theater actor. A lesser-known fact about the singing legend is that Mangeshkar’s family’s last name used to be Hardikar but her father changed it to Mangeshkar in order to identify with his family’s native town, Mangeshi, in Goa.
She received her first musical lesson from her father who happened to be a classical singer. From a very young age, Lata Ji had a strong sense of right and wrong. The singing legend, as a child, had a habit of bringing her sister, Asha to school with her.
One day, the school authorities did not allow Asha to enter. That was when Lata Ji decided to walk out of school on the very first day. Such was her resolve. The Beginning Of A New Chapter At the age of five, Lata started working as an actress in her father’s musical plays. After he died of heart disease when she was 13, Master Vinayak of Navyug Chitrapat movie company took care of the kids. He helped kickstart Lata’s career as a singer and an actress.
She moved to Mumbai in 1945 and started taking music lessons from Ustad Aman Ali Khan. Lata sang “Paa Lagoon Kar Jori” for Vasant Joglekar’s Hindi-language movie ‘Aap Ki Seva Mein’ (1946).
The new chapter in Lata’s life was full of exciting opportunities and new endeavours, however it was full of challenges too. A Rough Patch And Trying Times The singing legend came from a humble background and had to face a lot of struggle in her initial years.. Losing her father at the age of 13 left a deep scar on Lata’s mind, and being the eldest among her siblings, she had to bear financial responsibility early on in life.
Her mentor, Vinayak, lost his life in 1948, which came as a big blow to Lata. She was then mentored by music director Ghulam Haider but struggled to find acceptance in the industry, and was often criticized by producers for her Maharashtrian accent. As Urdu had a huge influence on the music industry, Lata was forced to take Urdu lessons as well.
Lata’s first breakthrough film hit came with the song “Dil Mera Toda, Mujhe Kahin Ka Na Chhora” in the movie Majboor (1948) and the rest, as they say, is history. Climbing The Ladder Of Success One of Lata Mangeshkar’s first major hits was the song ‘Aayega Aanewaala,’ from the movie ‘Mahal’ (1949). Lata’s song “Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya” from ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ (1960), Hawaii theme song ‘Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh’ from ‘Dil Apna Preet Parai’ (1960) won her critical acclaim.
These songs have truly left a mark on the Indian consciousness and have transcended the boundaries in time to become evergreen classics.
On 27 January 1963, against the backdrop of the Sino-Indian War, Lata sang the patriotic song “Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo” which had reduced then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to tears.
Majority of the crowd in India had their eyes and ears glued to the screen, in anticipation of anything important being uttered by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Shaktikanta Das who announced the monetary policy decision today during a live telecast.Money matters, of course, so the attention to details was unmissed. Reason why everyone found a sense of familiarity when Das invoked legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar in his speech. The singer away earlier this week on February 6 at the age of 92.The RBI chief crooned Mangeshkar’s golden hit song ‘Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai’ as he expressed hope for a bright future in this grim times of the pandemic.“If the last two years of living with the virus have taught us anything, it is to remain humble, but grounded in self-belief, never losing confidence and optimism. As the great Lata Mangeshkar – whom we lost recently – sang in her immortal voice: “aaj phir jeene ki tamanna hai”. Together with the spirit behind the next line of this beautiful song, she has conveyed an eternal message of optimism,” Das said in his speech which was broadcasted earlier on Thursday.Das found strength in Mangeshkar’s song as there’s a common sense of attachment in the public towards the singer, who was fondly know as the Nightingale of India. So crooning a line from her hit seemed apt to ignite hope in people as we still remain unclear about Covid’s future.The 64-year-old further went on to quote another late legendary personality, Mahatma Gandhi by saying that RBI takes inspiration from his “spirit of constant striving amidst challenges” attitude.“We, in the RBI, have remained steadfast in our commitment to safe-guard trust and confidence in the domestic financial system as we rebuild the foundations of strong and sustainable growth with microeconomy stability. This has been our anchor in the ocean of uncertainty. We are inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s spirit of constant striving amidst challenges,” Das said while quoting Gandhi and saying “Satisfaction lies in the effort”.The original quote by Gandhi reads: “Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.“In his speech, Das had also pointed out the truth of the current troubling times where we live in uncertainty caused by the absence of Covid-19 knowledge.“We are living in a world of uncertainty. In the absence of the knowledge of the next mutation of Covid-19, the ability to forecast the future course of the economy is so contingent on the evolution of the virus that one progress is as good or as bad as the other,” Das said in his announcement on Thursday.
When doctor told Lata Mangeshkar that she was being poisoned slowly
New Delhi, February 6
With a string of hits under her belt, legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar had already cemented her position as one of the most popular playback singers in Hindi cinema, but the year 1962 brought with it serious health worries for the singer and the shocking news of her being “slowly poisoned”—possibly by her servant.
Bharat Ratna Mangeshkar, 92, died on Sunday in Mumbai’s Breach Candy hospital, her death drawing curtains to a glorious eight decades long career.
Recalling the incident of poisoning in her 60s to Nasreen Munni Kabir in the book “Lata Mangeshkar in Her Own Voice”, the music icon said she was bedridden for three months.
“In 1962, I fell very ill for about three months. One day, I woke up feeling very uneasy in my stomach. And then I started throwing up — it was terrible, the vomit was a greenish colour. The doctor came and even brought an x-ray machine home because I could not move. He x-rayed my stomach and said I was being slowly poisoned,” Mangeshkar said in the book.
Mangeshakar, in a free-wheeling conversation with the London-based author Nasreen Munni Kabir, had recalled how she felt so weak that she thought she would never be able to sing again.
After hearing the shocking news of her being slowly poisoned, her sister Usha went straight into the kitchen and told everyone that from that moment on, she would do the cooking instead of the servant.
Soon, the servant sneaked off without telling anyone and “without collecting any pay”, claimed the veteran singer.
“So we thought someone had planted him there. We didn’t know who it was. I was bed-ridden for three months and was so weak,” she said, adding that they never got to know about the person behind it.
Recalling those difficult times, Mangeshkar in the book published by Niyogi Books, shared how noted lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri kept her company during those three months.
“He (Mahrooh) ate whatever I ate and recited poetry and read me stories. We talked and laughed together. I thoroughly enjoyed his company,” she said.
The first song that Mangeshkar sang after her recovery was “Kahin Deep Jale Kahin Dil” from Bees Saal Baad, composed by Hemant Kumar. A smashing hit of the year, it won the singer her second Filmfare Award for playback singing.