Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar died in Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital on Sunday at the age of 92. ‘The Nightingale Of India', as she was popularly known, was taken to the intensive care unit on January 8 after testing positive for COVID-19.
The icon, who presented generations with unbridled joy through her songs, has been India's favourite voice ever since her debut in the 1940s. The loss, therefore, feels personal to scores of fans who have been paying tributes to the singer since the news of her death was made public.
Renowned personalities from various fields have expressed their deepest condolences on social media.Members of the music industry, in particular, have expressed profound grief over the death of the doyenne.
Music composer-singer AR Rahman who has worked with Lata Mangeshkar several times shared a photo with the icon and wrote, Love, respect and prayers.Singer Shreya Ghosal shared a black-and-white photo of Ms Mangeshkar and said, Feeling numb. Devastated.
Yesterday was Saraswati Puja and today Ma took her blessed one with her. Somehow it feels that even the birds, trees and wind are silent today. Swar Kokila Bharat Ratna. Lata Mangeshkar ji your divine voice will echo till eternity. Rest in peace. Om Shanti.
Singer Shaan shared vintage images of the legend on Instagram and wrote, She was Heaven Sent to us so we would know what the Voice of God sounds like…Voice of Maa Saraswati…Voice of Divinity. Speaking of his bond with Ms Mangeshkar, he added, Thanks to my Father, I've had the good fortune of getting her affections and blessings through all these years.
Singer Chinmayi Sripaada said, It really is the end of an era. Even as Lata ji passes on from this physical realm - she will always live on and her voice will always be with us.