A two-day national mourning was decreed following the death of Lata Mangeshkar; the flag will fly at half mast. Known as the Indian Nightingale, who was in intensive care due to complications from COVID-19, has died aged 92. Mangeshkar had lent his voice to generations of Bollywood actors, from Madhubala to Preity Zinta. She sang tunes evoking various emotions, from classic Mohe Panghat Pe to romantic Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Ye and seductive Baahon me Chale Aao.
President Ram Nath Kovind said: Mangeshkar is “a born artist but once in centuries Lata Didi was an outstanding human being, full of warmth”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “Lata Mangeshkar will be remembered by generations to come as a pillar of Indian culture, whose voice had an unparalleled ability to mesmerize people.”
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “His golden voice is immortal and will continue to ring in the hearts of his fans. She remained India’s most beloved voice for many decades.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut wrote: “An era is over. In another tweet, he wrote “Tere bina bhi kya jeena” (what is life without you). Union Minister Nitin Gadkar said: “The passing of Queen of Melody Lata Mangeshkar was a great shock to everyone but her voice will live on.”
Home Minister Amit Shah said, “His voice has filled the lives of every generation, not only in India but across the world. Lata Didi with her melodious and haunting voice has filled the lives of all generations not only in India but all over the world with the sweetness of Indian music. Om Shanthi.
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari said, “His music transcended barriers of region and language and had the ability to invoke the God within.”