The Higher and Technical Education Minister of Maharashtra Uday Samant announced that a proposed international music college in Mumbai will be named after late singer Lata Mangeshkar. Samant made the announcement during a press conference in Pune after the cabinet decided on the name on Wednesday.
Samant was reportedly visiting Pune to review work on the statue of social reformer Savitribai Phule which is going to unveil at Savitribai Phule Pune University on February 14. The proposed international music college will be named Bharat Ratna Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar International Music College, Samant announced.
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He also added that in the college, a library will have memorabilia of the veteran singer. Samant said, “A committee had been set up under the chairmanship of Hridaynath Mangeshkar and it has members like Zakir Hussain and A R Rahman, among others. The committee had submitted a report on establishing an institute within the campus of University of Mumbai, but unfortunately adequate space could not be provided. There is a three-acre space nearby belonging to the Technical Education Department, which will be allotted for this institute.”
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The minister has reportedly organised a programme in memory of the legendary singer which will stream live on Samant’s Facebook page. Several colleges in Maharashtra have been asked get the students to attend the programme. As per reports, YouTube link of the programme has also been circulated across Maharashtra colleges.
Lata Mangeshkar passed away on February 6 in a Mumbai hospital. The singer was admitted to the hospital about 29 days ago as she had tested positive for COVID-19. Due to her age, the doctors said that she was suffering from many complications. Mangeshkar also got pneumonia during her time at the hospital.
The legendary singer was given funeral at Shivaji Park in Mumbai with full state honours. The state government had also announced a two-day mourning period in Mangeshkar’s name. Dignitaries, politicians, Bollywood actors among many others attended her funeral.