As singing legend Lata Mangeshkar passed away on Sunday, February 6, her death was mourned by prominent personalities of the film industry, political leaders and many other fans and admirers across the country. Regarded as one of Indian cinema's greatest playback singers, Mangeshkar started her career at the age of 13 in 1942 and has sung over 25,000 songs in various Indian languages, and was beloved to music lovers across regions and languages.
Mourning her passing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that she has left a void in India that cannot be filled. “I am anguished beyond words. The kind and caring Lata Didi has left us. She leaves a void in our nation that cannot be filled. The coming generations will remember her as a stalwart of Indian culture, whose melodious voice had an unparalleled ability to mesmerise people,” he wrote. He noted that Mangeshkar had closely witnessed the transitions of the Indian film world for decades.” Beyond films, she was always passionate about India’s growth. She always wanted to see a strong and developed India,” he wrote.
I am anguished beyond words. The kind and caring Lata Didi has left us. She leaves a void in our nation that cannot be filled. The coming generations will remember her as a stalwart of Indian culture, whose melodious voice had an unparalleled ability to mesmerise people. pic.twitter.com/MTQ6TK1mSO— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 6, 2022
Lata Didi’s songs brought out a variety of emotions. She closely witnessed the transitions of the Indian film world for decades. Beyond films, she was always passionate about India’s growth. She always wanted to see a strong and developed India. pic.twitter.com/N0chZbBcX6— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 6, 2022
The 92-year-old singer tested positive for the coronavirus with mild symptoms and was admitted on January 8 to Breach Candy Hospital's intensive care unit (ICU). Mangeshkar's condition had improved in January and she was taken off the ventilator but her health deteriorated on Saturday, February 5.
Many singers, actors and others from across film industries expressed condolences. Sharing an image of the two of them together, music composer AR Rahman wrote: “Love, respect and prayers.”
Several other actors from across film industries including Boman Irani, Shabana Azmi, Kajal Aggarwal, Tamannaah Bhatia, Mahesh Babu and others also mourned her death.
Calling Mangeshkar’s death the end of an era, singer Chinmayi Sripada wrote: “Even as as Lata ji passes on from this physical realm - she will always live on and her voice will always be with us (sic.)”
It really is the end of an era.— Chinmayi Sripaada (@Chinmayi) February 6, 2022
Even as as Lata ji passes on from this physical realm - she will always live on and her voice will always be with us.
Telugu star Chiranjeevi wrote that “the vacuum due to this colossal loss can never be filled.”
Nightingale of India, one of the greatest Legends #Lata Didi is no more.Heartbroken The vacuum due to this colossal loss can never be filled. She lived an extraordinary life.Her Music lives on & will continue to cast a spell until Music is there! Rest in Peace #LataMangeshkar— Chiranjeevi Konidela (@KChiruTweets) February 6, 2022
“So this is what it feels like to lose a part of a nations source of collective pride and joy (sic),” wrote actor and filmmaker Farhan Akhtar.
Producer Boney Kapoor shared an image of Lata Mangeshkar with the late Sridevi and himself and wrote, “She leaves behind a huge legacy of songs which will be treasured for generations to come.”
Deeply saddened by the news of @mangeshkarlata Ji’s passing away. She leaves behind a huge legacy of songs which will be treasured for generations to come.May her soul rest in peace. Condolences to the family. #NightingaleofIndia #LataMangeshkar pic.twitter.com/svW9iZsQb4— Boney Kapoor (@BoneyKapoor) February 6, 2022
Urmila Matondkar, Ajay Devgn, Manisha Koirala, Raveena Tandon, Akshay Kumar and many other actors from the Hindi film industry also expressed their condolences.
‘मला जर एखाद्यांने विचारलं की, आकाशात देव आहे का?, तर मी सांगेन देव आहे की नाही मला माहित नाही. मात्र ह्या आकाशात सुर्य आहे, चंद्र आहे आणि 'लताचा स्वर' आहे.दिवस रात्र अशी कुठलीही वेळ नाही, क्षण नाही की लताचा स्वर या जगात कुठून तरी कुठे जात असतो.'— Urmila Matondkar (@UrmilaMatondkar) February 6, 2022
पु.ल. देशपांडे #लतामंगेशकर pic.twitter.com/RKRFhDWcJ3
An icon forever. I will always savour the legacy of her songs. How fortunate were we to have grown up listening to Lataji’s songs. Om Shanti. My deepest condolences to the Mangeshkar family— Ajay Devgn (@ajaydevgn) February 6, 2022
Meri Awaaz Hi Pehchaan Hain, Gar Yaad Rahe…and how can one forget such a voice!— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) February 6, 2022
Deeply saddened by the passing away of Lata Mangeshkar ji, my sincere condolences and prayers. Om Shanti
President Ram Nath Kovind wrote that Mangeshkar’s demise was heartbreaking. “In her vast range of songs, rendering the essence and beauty of India, generations found expression of their inner-most emotions (sic),” he wrote.
Lata-ji’s demise is heart-breaking for me, as it is for millions the world over. In her vast range of songs, rendering the essence and beauty of India, generations found expression of their inner-most emotions. A Bharat Ratna, Lata-ji’s accomplishments will remain incomparable. pic.twitter.com/rUNQq1RnAp— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) February 6, 2022
Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu called her a queen who had ruled Hindi cinema for decades.
She was truly a musical Ratna and had ruled the Hindi Cinema like a Queen for several decades. Her demise has left a void which cannot be filled. Lata Ji will continue to live in the hearts of millions of admirers through her timeless melodies.— Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat) February 6, 2022
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi said her golden voice was immortal and would continue to echo in the hearts of her fans.
Received the sad news of Lata Mangeshkar ji’s demise. She remained the most beloved voice of India for many decades.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) February 6, 2022
Her golden voice is immortal and will continue to echo in the hearts of her fans.
My condolences to her family, friends and fans. pic.twitter.com/Oi6Wb2134M
“With her incomparable patriotism, sweet speech and gentleness, she will always be among us,” Union Home Minister Amit Shah wrote.
मैं खुद को सौभाग्यशाली समझता हूँ कि समय-समय पर मुझे लता दीदी का स्नेह और आशीर्वाद प्राप्त होता रहा। अपने अतुलनीय देशप्रेम, मधुर वाणी और सौम्यता से वो सदैव हमारे बीच रहेंगी। उनके परिजनों व असंख्य प्रशंसकों के प्रति अपनी संवेदनाएं व्यक्त करता हूँ। ॐ शांति शांति pic.twitter.com/52fy46tOmE— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) February 6, 2022
Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray announced a state funeral for Mangeshkar.
लता दिदींच्या जाण्यानं एका स्वर युगाचा अंत झाला, एक महान पर्व संपले. आमच्यावरचा मातृतुल्य आशीर्वाद हरपला, अशा शब्दांत मुख्यमंत्री उद्धव बाळासाहेब ठाकरे यांनी आपल्या भावना व्यक्त केल्या आहेत.— CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMaharashtra) February 6, 2022
Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, BJP leader and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb, Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai, Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao, Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin, and many other politicians offered their condolences to Mangeshkar’s family.
By the demise of BharatRatna Lata Didi Mangeshkar, India not only has lost a voice, but the soul of Indian Music.— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) February 6, 2022
God took back its beautiful gift to all of us.
We lost Goddess of Indian Music.
Hard to believe she’s not with us.
We have lost an integral part of our life. pic.twitter.com/DOeZMdx9b1
जगभरातील कोट्यवधी संगीतप्रेमींच्या कानांना तृप्त करणारे अलौकिक स्वर आज हरपले.— Sharad Pawar (@PawarSpeaks) February 6, 2022
लतादीदींच्या आवाजाच्या परीसस्पर्शाने अजरामर झालेल्या गीतांच्या माध्यमातून हा स्वर आता अनंतकाळ आपल्या मनांमध्ये गुंजन करत राहील.
गानसम्राज्ञी लता मंगेशकर यांना भावपूर्ण श्रद्धांजली! pic.twitter.com/U9Nhn1KrpE
Cricketers Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and others also expressed their condolences, as well as athlete Hima Das, boxer Lovlina Borgohain, former athlete PT Usha and many other sportspersons.
Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Lata ji. Her melodious songs touched millions of people around the world. Thank you for all the music and the memories. My deepest condolences to the family & the loved ones.— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 6, 2022