Lata Mangeshkar

1929–2022

A heartfelt tribute to the Nightingale of India, who ruled over the hearts of millions of music lovers for generations.

'Nightingale of India' Lata Mangeshkar passed away due to a multi-organ failure in Mumbai on Sunday morning. Lata di, who was known as the 'Queen of Melody' passes away at age of 92.

Lata Mangeshkar born in 1929 to Marathi classical singer and theatre actor Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar and his Gujarati wife Shevanti in Indore.

She has sung for over 7 generations of female actors, with her voice often being described as 'virginally pure' and her playback for an actress symbolic of the latter having made it in Bollywood.

Lata Mangeshkar had an illustrious career, having sung over 30,000 songs and lent her voice to stars from the 1940s to as recent as the 2000s.

Lata was asked if she ever missed not being married. She replied, "No. Everything happens according to God's wish. Jo hote hai acche ke liye hote hai aur jo nahin hote who aur acche ke liye hote hai."

Lata Mangeshkar, a recipient of the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke Awards, was an icon of Indian cinema, having sung playback for an extensive list of Hindi films. 

She also sang in several regional languages including Marathi and Bengali. Lata di, who belonged to a prominent musical family, also composed music as well as produced a handful of films. 

Her contribution to Indian music industry in a career spanning seven decades has gained her honorific titles such as the 'Nightingale of India' and 'Queen of Melody'.

Lata Mangeshkar's most iconic songs is the patriotic composition 'Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo' the song, commemorating Indian soldiers who died in the 1962 war with China.

She was performed on Republic Day in 1963 at the National Stadium in New Delhi. Lata Mangeshkar sang it live in the presence of President S Radhakrishnan and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

"Give me a harmonium, give me Lata (Mangeshkar) and I will make music." -- Legendary composer S.D. Burman