His voice united India and his passing left the entire nation speechless. There was, and there will be, only one Lata Mangeshkar!
The legendary singer, who received India’s highest civilian honor, Bharat Ratna, in 2001, breathed his last in Mumbai on Sunday morning at the age of 92.
Dr Pratit Samdani, who was treating her at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai, said:
“She died of multiple organ failure after more than 28 days of hospitalization following COVID-19.”
A true musical institution, Lata i was cremated with full state honors at Mumbai’s Shivaji Park on Sunday evening. From Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other luminaries to the general public, a sea of admirers attended the funeral to pay their last respects to the prolific singer.
As a mark of respect for his heritage, the Indian government has declared a two-day national mourning from February 6 to February 7. During this period, the national flag will be flown at half-mast and there will be no official entertainment.
Revered worldwide as the “Nightingale of India”, Lata iThe death of left a permanent void in the cultural milieu of the country. His unprecedented career, which spans nearly eight decades, requires no elucidation. Lata Mangeshkar’s divine voice has delighted millions across generations as she sang thousands of songs in 36 languages.
Lata Mangeshkar – A Sports Enthusiast
A true genius, Lata iThe interests and influence of extend in various directions. Besides music, she was passionate about literature and sports. Her passion for cricket knew no bounds as she never refrained from doing her bit for the cause of Indian cricket.
After Kapil Dev’s India scripted a miracle by winning the Cricket World Cup (Prudential Cup) in 1983, the “Queen of Melody” lent their support by performing at a concert at Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.
Since the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) lacked funds at the time, the event was organized to raise funds and congratulate India’s first ever World Cup winning team. Each member, including PR manager Man Singh, was paid ₹1 lakh out of the ₹21 lakh surplus generated from the event.
As a sign of goodwill, the BCCI offers the Mangeshkar family two tickets for each international match played at home. India’s ODI team led by Rohit Sharma also honored Lata i sporting black armbands in their first ODI against West Indies in Ahmedabad on Sunday night. Coincidentally, this was Team India’s 1000th ODI match.
lata i shared a special bond with another Bharat Ratna winner, Sachin Tendulkar. The legendary Indian rapper, who looked up to the iconic singer as a mother, appeared obviously emotional while paying his last respects to his ‘Aai’ [“mother” in Marathi] at Shivaji Park.
Did you know that Lata Mangeshkar was an Honorary Life Member of East Bengal?
Although his love for cricket is a well-known fact, not many people know that Lata i was an honorary life member of East Bengal, one of the oldest football clubs in Asia.
The story dates back to 1988. Lata i traveled to Kolkata to participate in East Bengal’s Pre-Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Held at the club ground, it was his only concert for an Indian football club.
Prominent football historian and statistician Gautam Roy has told a fascinating anecdote about the event. Roy, who documented the rich history of East Bengal in his book, “Eastern Bengal 100”, Recount Sportkeeda:
“It was Suprakash Gargari, a former senior member of the club, who brought Lata Mangeshkar to East Bengal. The club used to send her honorary life membership cards through Mr Gargari every year, hoping that she would accept it. But that didn’t happen.”
“Then one day Mr. Gargari ran into her in Mumbai. He asked her, ‘Madam, why don’t you accept honorary life membership in our club? She said she did not watch much football, but that she had agreed to life membership, Mr. Gargari then asked her if she had ever heard of the East Bengal Club. i laughed and replied, “Of course I have! East Bengal match days in Bombay, Burman dad [Sachin Dev Burman] used to cancel all of his recordings and head straight for the ground to cheer on his favorite team. I think Manna Dey is a fan of rival club East Bengal [Mohun Bagan], to the right? They had so many jokes!'”
“After this meeting with Mr. Gargari, Lata i was kind enough to visit Kolkata and perform at a concert to raise funds for the development of the East Bengal Club. The club was going through a financial crisis at this point. lata i was quite happy to sing in front of an enthusiastic audience on the club grounds.
Head of East Bengal Executive Committee Debabrata Sarkar also expressed his condolences via video message. He said:
“We worshiped Goddess Saraswati yesterday in Saraswati Puja. Today we lost the real Saraswati. I was lucky enough to meet her in person a few times. Lata i is immortal. Our club flag will be flown at half mast today as a sign of respect to her.
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Indian Super League avatar of club SC East Bengal mourned Lata ihis death on social media.