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'Nightingale of India' Lata Mangeshkar has died

Lata Mangeshkar, one of India's biggest cultural icons and a singer who defined music and melody for ...

👤 H K Badal6 Feb 2022 5:51 PM GMT
Nightingale of India Lata Mangeshkar has died
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Lata Mangeshkar, one of India's biggest cultural icons and a singer who defined music and melody for generations across South Asia, has died at the age of 92, her doctor said.

Mangeshkar was hospitalised on January 11 after contracting COVID-19 and, according to Dr Pratit Samdani, she died of "multi-organ failure" at Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital on Feb 6.

Together with her younger sister Asha Bhonsle – a superstar in her own right – the "Nightingale" Mangeshkar dominated Bollywood music for more than half a century and is considered by many to be the Indian film industry's greatest-ever playback singer.

Born in Maharashtra on September 28, 1929, Mangeshkar first sang at religious gatherings with her father Deenanath, who was also a trained singer.

In 1942, at the age of 13, she recorded her debut song for a Bollywood film.