Lata Mangeshkar dies at 92; an era of singing comes to the end

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Lata was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit on 11 January due to COVID 19 symptoms. She passed away in Mumbai on Sunday.
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Lata Mangeshkar, the beloved Bollywood singer dies at the age of 92. Lata was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit on 11 January due to COVID 19 symptoms. She passed away in Mumbai on Sunday. Lata has millions of followers around the world. Her death brings a huge loss for the singing industry. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “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 mesmerize people.”  Doordarshan, the public broadcaster announced a state funeral and two days of mourning for her death.

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Lata was born in 1929 and learned singing under the tutelage of her father Deennath. Her father died when she was just 13. She had to sing to earn for her siblings. In Mumbai, she pursued her singing carrier as a playback singer. Listening to her voice, the Government of India invited her to India’s Republic Day commemoration in 1962 to sing a patriotic tribute to the soldiers killed in the 1962 Indo-China war. Her words brought tears to Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s eyes. Afterward, lata was contacted by Bollywood film producers for movie songs. She has ruled Bollywood for an era and has set an example for young singers due to her principles and voice. Pakistani politicians including Fawad Choudhary, Sherry Rehman, and Opposition leader Shehbaz Shareef are also grieved by Lata’s death.

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