Lata Mangeshkar, Bharat’s most loved singer left behind a teary-eyed nation of admirers who grew up listening to her immutable voice give wings to the words of poets and the screen careers of legions of heroines.
Bharat’s Melody Queen, who also composed music for Marathi films and was a producer as well, and had the distinction of being conferred with the highest civilian honours of Bharat and France, passed away on Sunday morning at the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai, where she had been admitted because of Covid-related complications on January 11.
Lata Didi, as she was known among her family and followers, was 92 and is survived by her siblings — playback singer and composer Meena Khadilkar, popular singer and restaurateur Asha Bhosale, singer Usha Mangeshkar, and music director Hridayanath Mangeshkar. Incidentally, All India Radio under Congress rule had sacked Hridaynath Mangeshkar for creating musical compositions based on Veer Savarkar’s iconic poem
One of Bharat’s most loved voices, Lata Mangeshkar was the recipient of three National Film Awards, seven Filmfare awards, and of course, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1989. She was conferred the Bharat Ratna in 2001 by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, becoming the second singer after M.S. Subbulakshmi to be so honoured, and the French awarded her the Officer of the Legion of Honour.
Born in what was then the princely state of Indore on September 28, 1929, to the classical singer, Marathi theatre actor and writer of musical plays Deenanath Mangeshkar and his wife Shevanti (Shudhamati), Lata Mangeshkar was originally named Hema by her parents, but they later changed it to Lata after the character Latika from one of her father’s musical plays.
Lata Mangeshkar’s association with the performing arts began when she was five and started appearing in her father’s musical plays, and it continued even after her father’s premature death in 1942, thanks to his good friend, the actor and director Master Vinayak (Vinayak Damodar Karnataki), who took the family under his wings.
The entire nation mourned her death, and remembered some of her songs that touched their heart, including this wonderful 2019 tribute to the legendary artist by another legend, Amitabh Bacchhan
Others highlighted how Lata Didi was such a breath of fresh air in a Bollywood industry dominated by liberal-secular types and the closet-Islamist mafia. She never shied away from her Hindu identity and was never afraid of voicing her opinion even while maintaining a respectful work-relation with several legendary Muslim directors, song writers etc that she worked with. There was something about Lata Didi that touched the hearts of all Dharmics, even if they did not have an ear for music.
Amul shared a moving photo, touching just the right note.
But of course, such is the state of our nation today after 70 years of debilitating left-liberal-secularism that even this beautiful soul’s passing away was met with ugly, hate-filled bigotry by the usual Hindu-hating elements: Islamists, radical feminists, woke leftists, neo-Ambedkarites etc.
The left-liberal news agency PTI was also called out for its graceless tweet on the passing away of the legend
PTI – Press Trust of India Is this how you Report passing away of A LEGEND?? They need Lessons on how to Respect a Woman who was Bharat Ratna & Loved by All Indians #LataMangeshkar pic.twitter.com/feNs9OePuJ— Rosy (@rose_k01) February 6, 2022
After seeing similar reactions to death of other luminaries like Sushma Swaraj, Gen. Rawat etc, one cannot say that such reactions come as a surprise anymore. The internal enemy has taken deep root, and the institutions of radicalization that produce such minds are still strong as ever –
Some neo-Ambedkarites showed they are no less than Islamists and evangelists when it comes to anti-Hindu bigotry:
While almost all media outlets are full of some Pakistani cricketers and politicians fondly reminiscing about Lata ji, the harsh reality about what that country’s population ultimately thinks and believes for all Hindus is revealed by this hateful tweet by one Basit Shuja, who is apparently a retired Brigadier of the Pakistani Army –
The fact that Lata Didi had praised the RSS, endorsed Narendra Modi for the PM’s post when he was still CM, was proud of her childhood association with the great freedom fighter Veer Savarkar – all these were met with the usual slurs of ‘sanghi’, ‘fascist’, ‘Hindu bigot’ etc by the Hindu-haters.
One can only hope that Ishvar gives sadbuddhi (good sense) to such distorted minds. But for today, we should let these haters stew in their venom and immerse ourselves in thoughts about the divine voice that we all had the good fortune to hear during our lifetimes.
Om Shanti, Om Sadgati!
(With IANS inputs)