Legendary Indian singer and national icon Lata Mangeshkar has died aged 92

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By stefan armitage

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Lata Mangeshkar has sadly passed away at the age of 92.

As reported by BBC News, Mangeshkar was one of India's most adored singers, who provided her beautiful vocal talents to the soundtracks of hundreds of Bollywood movies.

Mangeshkar was reportedly admitted to a hospital in Mumbai back in January after testing positive for Covid-19.

The news of her passing was confirmed by India's President Ram Nath Kovind, who said in a statement that he was "anguished beyond words" and that her death had left a "void in our nation that cannot be filled".

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Kovind added that the icon's passing was "heartbreaking" for him, "as it is for millions the world over".

"The coming generations will remember her as a stalwart of Indian culture, whose melodious voice had an unparalleled ability to mesmerize people," the president added.

Mangeshkar's extraordinary career spanned an incredible 73 years, and she recorded thousands of songs in 36 languages. Her remarkable catalog of work saw her hailed as the 'Nightingale of India' and the 'Melody Queen'. President Kovind said that, in her songs, "generations found expression of their innermost emotions".

Following a state funeral in Mumbai on Sunday, India will hold two days of national mourning. During this time, the national flag will be flown at half-mast throughout the country.

As the news of her death broke, many fans and celebrities took to social media to pay their respects to Mangeshkar and share their favorite moments throughout her illustrious career.

Mangeshkar was bored in Indore in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on September 28, 1929.

Her passion for music started at the age of five, after receiving lessons from her father, Deenanath Mangeshkar, who worked in the world of theater.

As a teenager, she moved to Mumbai and started her career singing for Marathi movies.

Despite having minor roles in a handful of movies, Mangeshkar would later reveal that she was happiest when singing.

In 1949, Mangeshkar received widespread acclaim when she provided the vocals for the song 'Aayega Aanewala', which featured in the movie Mahal.

Per BBC News, music director Mohammed Zahur Khayyam would go on to say: "Soon every female actor wanted her voice. But she was always busy and only a few fortunate music directors got the chance to make her sing."

A career spanning decades followed, which saw Mangeshkar singing thousands of songs as a playback singer - meaning that these songs would go on to be lip-synced by actors in some of Bollywood's biggest movies.

Her impact on the movie industry spanned generations.

Our thoughts are with Mangeshkar's family, friends, and fans at this time.

Featured image credit: Prodip Guha / Alamy

Legendary Indian singer and national icon Lata Mangeshkar has died aged 92

vt-author-image

By stefan armitage

Article saved!Article saved!

Lata Mangeshkar has sadly passed away at the age of 92.

As reported by BBC News, Mangeshkar was one of India's most adored singers, who provided her beautiful vocal talents to the soundtracks of hundreds of Bollywood movies.

Mangeshkar was reportedly admitted to a hospital in Mumbai back in January after testing positive for Covid-19.

The news of her passing was confirmed by India's President Ram Nath Kovind, who said in a statement that he was "anguished beyond words" and that her death had left a "void in our nation that cannot be filled".

size-large wp-image-1263143759
Credit: Dinodia Photos / Alamy

Kovind added that the icon's passing was "heartbreaking" for him, "as it is for millions the world over".

"The coming generations will remember her as a stalwart of Indian culture, whose melodious voice had an unparalleled ability to mesmerize people," the president added.

Mangeshkar's extraordinary career spanned an incredible 73 years, and she recorded thousands of songs in 36 languages. Her remarkable catalog of work saw her hailed as the 'Nightingale of India' and the 'Melody Queen'. President Kovind said that, in her songs, "generations found expression of their innermost emotions".

Following a state funeral in Mumbai on Sunday, India will hold two days of national mourning. During this time, the national flag will be flown at half-mast throughout the country.

As the news of her death broke, many fans and celebrities took to social media to pay their respects to Mangeshkar and share their favorite moments throughout her illustrious career.

Mangeshkar was bored in Indore in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on September 28, 1929.

Her passion for music started at the age of five, after receiving lessons from her father, Deenanath Mangeshkar, who worked in the world of theater.

As a teenager, she moved to Mumbai and started her career singing for Marathi movies.

Despite having minor roles in a handful of movies, Mangeshkar would later reveal that she was happiest when singing.

In 1949, Mangeshkar received widespread acclaim when she provided the vocals for the song 'Aayega Aanewala', which featured in the movie Mahal.

Per BBC News, music director Mohammed Zahur Khayyam would go on to say: "Soon every female actor wanted her voice. But she was always busy and only a few fortunate music directors got the chance to make her sing."

A career spanning decades followed, which saw Mangeshkar singing thousands of songs as a playback singer - meaning that these songs would go on to be lip-synced by actors in some of Bollywood's biggest movies.

Her impact on the movie industry spanned generations.

Our thoughts are with Mangeshkar's family, friends, and fans at this time.

Featured image credit: Prodip Guha / Alamy