India Lost its Nightingale Lata Mangeshkar ‘the Bharat Rattana’

India’s most beloved singers, cremated in Mumbai with full state honours.

Hill Quest Research Desk

Conferred with highest civilian award Bharat Rattana,  Lata Mangeshkar, whose voice was the soundtrack to hundreds of Bollywood films, died aged 92 on Sunday.

PM Narendra Modi and stars of the film industry attended the funeral, where large crowd gathered to pay tribute to the legend singer.

Her career spanned over more than half a century and she recorded thousands of songs in over 36 languages.

The government of India had announced two days of national mourning and the national flag will be flown at half-mast throughout the country.

The crowd gathered early morning outside her home, when coffin began its journey to a city park where it was publicly cremated. Prime Minister Narender Modi was among those who laid flowers reeds on the pyre.

Lata Mangeshkar left a legacy as old as Independent India itself. One cound not fine a name of an artist as prolific – aside from her own real sister Asha Bhosle who was among the mourners at funeral. Lata Mangeshkar had recorded more songs than most popular English singers The Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined.

Affectionately known as India’s “Lata Didi”, for millions in the country, and around the world, this loss felt personal. For india if Bollywood was the soul of India, then Lata Mangeshkar was its heart throb.

Ram Nath Kovind President expressed that the news was heart-breaking for him, as it is for millions the world over and said that in her songs generations found expression of their innermost emotions.

Prime Minister Narender Modi said that Mangeshkar’s loss had left a void in our nation that can never be filled.

Mangeshkar was a huge fan of cricket, and India’s former captain Virat Kohli said her songs had “touched millions of people around the world”.

Actor Hema Malini said that she was lucky to have performed to several songs sung by Mangeshkar. Hema added, “No one can sing like her, she was very special. Her death is very saddening”.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has expressed grief on the death away of Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar, who breathed her last in Mumbai’s Breach Candy hospital.

Chief Minister said that Lata Mangeshkar’s passing away is an loss beyond repair to India. He said that her death has created a void and she would be remembered by the generation to come for her great contribution to the World of Music.