Lata Mangeshkar, a well-known Indian vocalist, died at the age of 92.
In January of this year, he was admitted to the hospital after contracting Covid-19. After her condition did not improve, she was admitted to the intensive care unit for several weeks. Mangeshkar’s death, according to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, “created a vacuum in the country that will never be filled.”
Mangeshkar’s “songs reflecting varied emotions” were described by Modi as “following the Indian cinema business intently for decades.”
I am anguished beyond words. The kind and caring Lata Didi has left us. She leaves a void in our nation that cannot be filled. The coming generations will remember her as a stalwart of Indian culture, whose melodious voice had an unparalleled ability to mesmerise people. pic.twitter.com/MTQ6TK1mSO
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 6, 2022
She sang over 30,000 songs in 36 languages during her incredible half-century musical adventure. His work in India’s Hindi cinema business was important in establishing him as a national talent. He was born in the city of Indore in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on September 28, 1929.
She began learning music from her father, Dinanath Mangeshkar, when she was five years old. Dinanath was a performer in the theater at the time.
The first step in Marathi cinema
After her father’s death, her family moved to Mumbai (then Bombay) where Mangeshkar started singing for Marathi films as a teenager.
To support her family, she played a small role in some films, but later said that she did not like it.
“I used to sing happiest,” she said during the interview.
In 1949, the song “Aega Aanewala” from the movie Mahal gave him the opportunity to make a leap.
This was her first song in a Hindi movie.
“[The first Hindi song] soon all the actresses wanted her voice. But she was always busy and only a few lucky musicians got the chance to make her sing,” recalls musician Mohammad Zahur Khayyam.
In the decades that followed, she sang thousands of songs for famous Bollywood actors of different generations. In 2001, she was awarded the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honor in India.
In 2004, at the age of 75, Yash Chopra, one of Bollywood’s most famous directors, wrote to the BBC: “I saw God’s blessing in her voice.” Mangeshkar did not get married. His sister Asha Bhosle is also a famous Bollywood singer. Mangeshkar has also sung in Nepali language.