Singing Legend Lata Mangeshkar, Nightangale of India, Dies at 92
By Pickle  February 6, 2022
Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar who passed away Sunday morning was unique in many aspects. Here are 20 important and interesting things about her.
Leaving a huge void in the music world and her millions of admirers in tears, veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar died in Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital Sunday morning. She was 92.
People from various walks of life and fans have been paying homage to Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed deep grief over the passing away of Lata Mangeshkar.
In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister 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 mesmerise people.”
“Lata Didi’s songs brought out a variety of emotions. She closely witnessed the transitions of the Indian film world for decades. Beyond films, she was always passionate about India’s growth. She always wanted to see a strong and developed India.”
“I consider it my honour that I have always received immense affection from Lata Didi. My interactions with her will remain unforgettable. I grieve with my fellow Indians on the passing away of Lata Didi. Spoke to her family and expressed condolences. Om Shanti,” he added.
Oscar-Grammy winning composer AR Rahman took to Twitter to share a throwback photo with Lata Mangeshkar and paid tribute. In the photo, Rahman can be seen sitting on the floor while Lata can be seen sitting on the couch. He wrote, “Love, respect and prayers @mangeshkarlata.”
Bollywood veteran Ambitabh Bachchan and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar visited Lata’s residence in Mumbai and paid tributes to her mortal remains.
20 interesting facts about Lata Mangeshkar
Lata Mangeshkar started singing at the age of 13 and recorded her first song in 1942. In her career spanning seven decades, she has to her credit over 30,000 songs in different languages.
She has been the voice behind popular tracks like ‘Ek Pyar Ka Nagma Hai’, ‘Raam Teri Ganga Maili’, ‘Ek Radha Ek Meera’ and ‘Didi Tera Devar Deewana’ to name a few.
She has lent her voice to songs in Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, and other regional languages. She has been honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan as well as several National and Filmfare Awards.
Lata Mangeshkar was known for her range — she could sing in four octaves — and tailoring her voice and emotions to the actress she was voicing onscreen.
She was the singing voice for generations of actresses- from Madhubala and Meena Kumari in the 1950s and 1960s to Kajol and Preity Zinta in the 1990s and 2000s.
She was the oldest of five children born to Shuddhamati Mangeshkar and her husband, Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar, a well-known classical musician active in Marathi-language theater. Her sisters Meena, Asha and Usha and her brother, Hridaynath, all of whom survive her, are also musicians.
Lata Mangeshkar never married. Her sister Asha Bhosle, 88, is also a well-known playback singer.
Lata and Asha have performed together many times.
Mangeshkar was a passionate cricket fan and had a love for cars and the slot machines of Vegas. She also rubbed shoulders with some of Bollywood’s brightest stars – and at least one Beatle.
She was never formally educated. A maid taught her the Marathi alphabet, and a local priest taught her Sanskrit, while relatives and tutors taught her other subjects at home.
When she sang Ae Mere Watan ke Logon (Ae, the people of my land), a haunting and soulful tribute to slain Indian soldiers in the disastrous war with China in 1962, at a public meeting, India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru teared up.
“I am a self-made person. I have learned how to fight. I have never been scared of anyone. I am quite fearless. But I never imagined I would get as much as I have,” she once said.
“Every female actor wanted her voice. But she was always busy and only a few fortunate music directors got the chance to make her sing,” music director Mohammed Zahur Khayyam had once said.
She enjoyed listening to Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Nat King Cole, the Beatles, Barbra Streisand and Harry Belafonte. She went to see Marlene Dietrich singing on stage, and loved Ingrid Bergman’s theatre.
As a teenager, in the 1940s, Ms. Mangeshkar played minor roles onscreen. “I never liked it — the makeup, the lights,” she said in an interview for a book published in 2009.
In the 2009 book, “Lata Mangeshkar … in Her Own Voice,” written by Nasreen Munni Kabir, Ms. Mangeshkar said she gave up formal education on her first day of school. She had brought her 10-month-old sister, Asha, with her, and the teacher refused to allow the baby into the classroom, she said.
Lata Mangeshkar was variously described as the Nightingale of India, Didi and the Queen of Melody.
In a tribute to Lata Mangeshkar in The Qunit, Khalid Mohamed has written, stating that in her last interview, Lata Mangeshkar had said, “I do not consider myself as a reflective, brooding person. I would just end up tying myself in knots. Time has gone by in a blur, the beginnings seem just like yesterday. Today there’s that instinct to do more. No singer can stop because of one’s age or the drastic shifts in taste and trends in music.”
In that same interview, Lata Mangeshkar had said, “Gratitude above all to Bhagwan, to my father, to my gurus and to the nation which showed me the way to pursue whatever I have done with diligence and shraddha (faith). I would like to continue singing till my voice gives up on me. Singing is all that I know.”
“Instead of straining my ears to figure out what the new millennium music is all about, I have stopped listening even to the chartbusters. I don’t mean to sound supercilious at all. I have also stopped listening to my own songs and the vintage film hits of my colleagues.”
And now, the Nightingale has stopped singing too forever.