SRINAGAR: The government has decided to observe two days of state mourning in the memory of legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar.
Known as the Queen of Melody and the Nightingale of India, legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar passed away on Sunday morning in Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital. The singer breathed her last at 8:12 am.
Born in Indore, Mangeshkar remained the voice of screen idols for generations. She began her career at the age of 13 in 1942 and had sung over 30,000 songs in several Indian languages in over seven decade-long career.
Her last full album was for the late filmmaker Yash Chopra-directed 2004 film Veer Zaara. Mangeshkar’s last song was Saugandh Mujhe Is Mitti Ki’ which was released on March 30, 2021, as a tribute to the Indian Army. She was awarded the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour in 2001.
Late Lata was also the recipient of several awards including Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Dada Saheb Phalke Award, and multiple National Film Awards.
“As a mark of respect to Kumari Lata Mangeshkar, who has passed away, the Government of India has decided that there shall be two days State Mourning on 06.02.2022 to 07.02.2022 throughout the country,” reads the notification issued by Manoj Kumar Dwivedi) IAS Principal Secretary to the Government.
“It has been decided that the National Flag shall fly at half-mast during the Mourning on all buildings and places where it is flown regularly,” it reads.
“There shall be no official entertainment during the Mourning. These decisions are brought into the notice of all the concerned for information and necessary action,” it added.
Lata Mangeshkar was admitted to Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital on January 8 after she tested positive for Covid-19. She was under treatment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) over the past couple of weeks.
After showing signs of improvement recently, her health condition deteriorated. Unfortunately, she passed away today, leaving the entire nation in a state of grief.
Lata Mangeshkar’s mortal remains will be shifted to Prabhukunj, her Peddar Road residence, from 12 pm to 3 pm for homage. Later, her body will be shifted to the Shivaji Park in Mumbai at around 4.30 pm. Her cremation will take place at Shivaji Park.