Bollywood icon, Lata Mangeshkar dies after contracting Covid

Lata Mangeshkar, one of India’s music giants, has died at the age of 92. Her voice defined music and melody for generations.

She was admitted to the hospital on January 11 after contracting Covid-19, which her doctor confirmed, but she died on Sunday from multi-organ failure after more than 28 days in the hospital.

Ms. Mangeshkar’s voice was recorded for music in over 2,000 Indian films over her 70-year career in the music industry.

According to Reuters TV partner ANI, Dr. Pratit Samdani, who was treating her at Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital, she died after being hospitalized for Covid.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted on Twitter, “I am anguished beyond words.”

The government will observe state mourning with the flag at half-mast through Monday, according to a statement from the Home Ministry. She will be given a formal funeral.

‘The sweet and kind Lata Didi has left us,’ wrote the prime minister, referring to his older sister.

‘She has left an unfillable vacuum in our country. Her lovely voice had an unrivaled power to mesmerize people, and future generations will remember her as a bastion of Indian culture.’

Ms. Mangeshkar began singing in her teens in pre-independence India, and during the course of her 73-year career, she sang over 15,000 songs in 36 languages.

She enthralled listeners with her lilting voice and sheer range, singing everything from patriotic songs to romantic numbers, both in films and albums.


Ms. Mangeshkar made her name in music for Bollywood movies. Her big break came when she recorded the hit ‘Aayega Aanewala’ for the movie Mahal (1949).

After that, the Nightingale would go on to become the singing voice for almost every leading lady, according to Britannica.

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