Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar remains critical, her family said. She was hospitalised in the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai due to a viral infection. She was taken to the hospital late Sunday night, confirmed her niece Rachana Shah to News18.
The singer is recovering from “viral chest congestion,” according to her family. “Lata ji is stable. Her parameters are good. Honestly speaking, she has fought so well that she is coming out of this setback. Being a singer, her lung capacity has pulled her through. Truly a fighter. We will update everyone when Lataji gets discharged and comes home,” said the family of the iconic singer.
On Monday, social media was buzzing with mixed news where some were claiming that her condition was critical while others said she was discharged. Later, her team released a statement stating, “Lata Mangeshkar ji had a viral chest congestion. Keeping her age in mind, as a precautionary measure, she has checked in to Breach Candy Hospital in order to ensure antibiotics on time to prevent any more infection. She is stable and recovering.”
The massages regarding #LataMangeshkar has been discharged from the hospital and back home, is absolutely wrong and baseless. Lata ji still critical and on ventilator please pray for her faster recovery.— Lata Mishra (@lata_MIRROR) November 12, 2019
She is a singing legend. Lata Mangeshkar, 90, reigned over Bollywood playback singing for many decades, and today, can still give some of the younger singers a run for their money. To add to her countless lists of awards, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee honoured her contribution to Bengali music with the state’s highest civilian honour, the ‘Banga-Bibhushan.’ The lady with the melodious voice has already received honours such as India's highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna in 2001, the Padma Vibhushan and the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for contribution to Indian cinema.
She has recorded songs in over 36 Indian languages. She has also been honoured with France's highest civilian award, Officer of the Legion of Honour, besides numerous national and international awards.
“I never thought of myself as special even when those who have heard and appreciated my singing said I was. For me, the constant effort in life has been to better myself as a person and an artiste,” she had quoted saying.
Since the news broke out, Bollywood celebrities took to their social media to pray for her recovery.
Hema Malini wrote on Twitter: “Prayers for @mangeshkarlata who is hospitalised and is reported to be in a critical condition. God give her the strength to come out of this crisis and continue to be in our midst. The nation prays for Bharat Ratna Lata ji, the nightingale of India.”
Prayers for @mangeshkarlata who is hospitalised & is reported to be in a critical condition. God give her the strength to come out of this crisis & continue to be in our midst. The nation prays for Bharat Ratna Lata ji, the nightingale of India🙏 pic.twitter.com/n9WKw6Drfw— Hema Malini (@dreamgirlhema) November 12, 2019
Shabana Azmi tweeted: “@mangeshkarlata Aadab aur hazaron duayein ke aap fauran achchi hokar sahi salamat ghar aa jayein.”
@mangeshkarlata Aadab aur hazaron duayein ke aap fauran achchi hokar sahi salamat ghar aa jayein ..— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) November 11, 2019
Poonam Dhillon wrote: “Request you all to say a prayer for health of @mangeshkarlata ji our irreplaceable precious Indian jewel who is in hospital. The power of prayers is limitless.”
The list of her evergreen songs is endless. She lent her voice to more than 25,000 numbers. However, here are five which we thought you would like to hum today
1. Ajeeb Daastan Hain Yeh ((Dil Apna Aur Preet Paraya, 1960).
2. Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum (Silsila, 1981). You can watch video " target="_blank" rel="noopener">here
3. Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi (Aandhi, 1975) You can watch video " target="_blank" rel="noopener">here
4. Allah tero naam (Hum Dono, 1961) You can watch video" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> here
5. Yeh Samaa, Samaa hain ye pyaar ka (Jab Jab Phool Khile, 1965)
These will always leave you wanting for more!
Feature Image Credit: The Times of India