Lata Mangeshkar whose voice defined not one or two decades but generations across South Asia, died in hospital in Mumbai at the age of 92. She worked with nearly all of INDIA’S famous music directors over a career that spanned more than 70 years.
If we start taking about her accomplishments, the list goes on and on. She started out singing at religious gatherings with her father. She recorded her first song for Bollywood when she was just 13 years old. She won dozens of singing awards including Dadasaheb Phalke award in 1989, Maharashtra Bhusan award and she was also awarded the Bharat Ratna , India’s highest civilian honour , in 2003. The government of France conferred on her its highest civilian award, Officier de la Legion d’Honneur, in 2007.
“MY VOICE IS A GIFT FROM GOD,” she once told an interviewer. Her songs were always filled with emotions and made almost everyone fell in love with her voice . Condolences poured in from entire world on her demise. From Pakistan to Nepal everybody tweeted for her , as it was not just the end of an era but end of many eras. Prime minister Narendra Modi described her death as a ” void in our nation that cannot be filled”.
Mangeshkar never married . She is survived by her four siblings, all accomplished singers and musicians .