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Adieu! adieu! thy plaintive anthem fades

Nightingale of India Lata Mangeshkar no more

Mumbai, Feb 6 (UNI): Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar passed away on Sunday after battling with Covid and its complication for 28 days at a hospital here. She was 92.

National mourning of two days has been announced. Even as her “Aye Mere Watan ke logo” played through the night wishing for miracle, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari announced the news of her demise after visiting the Breach Candy hospital, where she was admitted.

Gadkari was in the hospital around 9 am and soon tweeted: “Singing legend Lata Mangeshkar passes away.”

With this, the entire nation was plunged into a sense of loss as the “nightingale”, the “kokila of India”, was gone forever.

Dr Pratit Samdani said: “She passed away at 8.12 am after multi-organ failure post Covid detection 28 days ago.”

Condolences have started pouring in. President Ram Nath Kovind said he was heart-broken.

“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,” Kovind tweeted.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu tweeted: “I am extremely saddened by the demise of Lata Mangeshkar Ji, the Nightingale of Indian Cinema and legendary singer. India has lost its voice in the death of Lata ji, who has enthralled music lovers in India & across the globe with her mellifluous & sublime voice for many decades.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolence and said so anguished he was that he was at a loss of words. “I am anguished beyond words.

“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,” the PM also said.

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