‘India has lost a great daughter’, Manmohan Singh expresses grief

New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has offered condolences on the demise of legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar who passed away on Sunday morning and said India has lost its great daughter.
In a statement the former Prime Minister said, “I have learnt with deepest sorrow about the passing away of Lata Mangeshkar. India has lost a great daughter. She was the ‘Nightingale of India’ and through her songs made an immense contribution to the cultural integration of the country. Her passing away is an immense loss to our nation and the void is going to be impossible to fill.”
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and all political leaders have also expressed their heartfelt condolences.
Expressing his grief and sorrow over the demise of Lata Mangeshkar, Pakistan Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Sunday said that her death is an end of the music era.
Taking to Twitter, Fawad Chaudhry said that Lata ruled the world of music for decades and the magic of her voice will live on forever.
He said wherever Urdu is spoken and understood, there were admirers of Lata Mangeshkar.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has paid homage to legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, who passed away on Sunday aged 92 at a hospital in Mumbai.The thespian described Lata Mangeshkar as “the voice of million centuries” on his personal blog.
He wrote: “She has left us ..The voice of a million centuries has left us .. her voice resounds now in the Heavens! Prayers for calm and peace.”
Oscar-winning ‘Mozart of Madras’ A.R. Rahman wrote just four words in his tribute to Lata Mangeshkar, “Love, respect and prayers”, on Sunday, but posted a picture that said a thousand words — of him sitting at the Nightingale’s feet.
Karan Johar spoke for the performing arts community when he said: “Today, heaven truly gained the voice of an angel.”
“And today the words of my favourite song resonate very deeply in my heart as I sing — ‘lag jaa gale, ki phir yeh haseen raat ho naa ho … shaayad phir iss janam mein mulakaat ho naa ho’. Thank you for making an entire nation swoon with your pure voice, we will miss you. Rest in peace, serenity and power.”
As condolences pour in on the demise of the legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, the Congress leaders onn Sunday offered condolences to the bereaved family.
Stating that Lata Mangeshkar holds a place in our hearts that is irreplaceable, one of India’s greatest music directors, Ilaiyaraaja, on Sunday said that the singing legend’s demise is a big loss not only to the music fraternity but to the whole world.
Singer Shreya Ghoshal, on Twitter, said, “Feeling numb. Devastated. Yesterday was Saraswati Puja & today Ma took her blessed one with her. Somehow it feels that even the birds, trees & wind are silent today. Swar Kokila Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar ji, your divine voice will echo till eternity. Rest in peace. Om Shanti.”
Singer Vijay Prakash took to Twitter to recall some precious moments he had spent with the legend. He said, “Every song sung by Lata Mangeshkar ji is a university by itself for generations to learn the nuances of singing. A true legend is no more with us. I had the privilege of meeting Lata Didi a few times and taking her blessings. Will cherish those memories all my life. Om Shanti.”
Singer Chinmayi too paid tributes to the all-time great. She said, “It really is the end of an era. Even as Lata ji passes on from this physical realm – she will always live on and her voice will always be with us.”
Malayalam stars Mohanlal and Mammootty on Sunday joined crores of Indians all across the world in condoling the death of India’s singing legend Lata Mangeshkar, who breathed her last at the Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai.
Taking to Twitter, actor Mohanlal said, “Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of the musical phenomenon, Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar. May she live on through her music. Sending condolences to her loved ones.
Actor Mammootty too expressed his condolences on Twitter. He tweeted, “India has lost our nightingale. Cinema and music will never be the same again. Lataji your immense body of work and your iconic voice will be unparalleled forever. #LataMangeshkar”.
Tributes kept pouring in from Bollywood celebrities even as Lata Mangeshkar’s mortal remains were consigned to the flames amid the chanting of Vedic mantras.
Karisma Kapoor, who has had several Lata Mangeshkar songs picturised on her, from “Dil To Pagal Hai” to “Zubeidaa”, shared an evocative throwback picture of the premiere of Raj Kapoor’s “Awara” (1951) on her Instagram account with the caption: “So many legends together in one frame at the premiere of dadaji’s ‘Awara’. Rest in Glory Lata Ji. The Nightingale of India.”
Kangana Ranaut conveyed the heartfelt sentiment of the Hindi film world when she wrote on her Instagram story: “What a loss!! India’s most beautiful voice is gone!! There will never be another Lataji.”
Taking to Twitter, Rajamouli said: “Lata Ji’s passing away is a huge and irreplaceable loss. She will live on in our hearts forever. My heartfelt tribute to the Nightingale of India. May her soul rest in peace. Wishing the family strength and comfort in these difficult times.”
Chiranjeevi was among the first to share his pain. On Twitter, he said: “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 and will continue to cast a spell until music is there! Rest in Peace, Lata Mangeshkar.”
Mahesh Babu tweeted: “Deeply saddened by Lata Mangeshkarji’s demise. A voice that defined Indian music for generations … Her legacy is truly unparalleled. Heartfelt condolences to the family, loved ones and all her admirers. Rest in peace Lata ji. There will never be another you.”
Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Received the sad news of Lata Mangeshkar ji’s demise. She remained the most beloved voice of India for many decades. Her golden voice is immortal and will continue to echo in the hearts of her fans. My condolences to her family, friends and fans.”
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra too tweeted, “Her passing away is unbearable loss to Indian Music as she picked all the musical note of the Indian Music and showcased it.”
Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and other leaders from the state on Sunday expressed grief over the death of legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar.
Terming her death as ‘End of an Era’, Governor Lal said: “I am extremely sad to hear the news of #Lataji, her euphonious voice will continue to live in our hearts & will be remembered for generations to come.”
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar paid tribute to the legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar who passed away early on Sunday. The Chief Minister said that her songs will be played in different places of the state for the next 15 days. The state government has also announced a half-day mourning in government offices on Monday. Lata Mangeshkar died at the Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai on Sunday morning. She was 92.
Chief Minister in her condolence message wrote: “I am deeply saddened by the passing of legendary musician Lata Mangeshkar. She breathed her last in Mumbai today. She was 92 years old. There will be a huge void after her death”.
Goa Governor P.S. Sreedharan Pillai on Sunday condoled the death of Lata Mangeshkar stating that melodious voice of ‘India’s Nightingale’ is irreplaceable.
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has expressed grief at the demise of ‘Gana Saraswati’ Lata Mangeshkar.
“Lata is an ever shining star on the Indian horizon of music. She has enriched the world of music beyond the limits of time. Her singing was not confined to cinema songs. She has mesmerised the music lovers through her bhajans, devotional songs and patriotic songs. Especially her rendition of ‘Ae Mere Vatan Ke Logon’ is as immortal as the Himalayas. The song brings tears brimmed with patriotic fervor even today. Her voice is so sweet and inspiring,” Bommai said.
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan condoled the death of Lata Mangeshkar.
The Governor in his message said, ” Deeply grieved by the sad demise of Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar, the Nightingale of India. She will live in our minds through countless melodies which her mellifluous voice immortalised. However, Latajis’s greatness goes beyond her sweet voice.
“By signing in almost all Indian languages. Lata Ji showed us how music unites people of diverse languages, Lata Ji showed us how music united peoples of diverse languages and locations. My heartfelt condolences”.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in his condolence message said, “Lata Mangeshkar was a singer unparalleled and conquered the hearts of millions of people globally through her unique style of singing.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Sunday condoled the death of singing legend Lata Mangeshkar, saying the gifted singer had touched the heart of every Indian.
Delhi Police has expressed grief over the death of legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar. The 92-year-old Bharat Ratna awardee passed away in Mumbai on Sunday morning.
“Our respectful tribute to Lata ji, who awakened the inspiration of patriotism in us with her voice,” Delhi Police wrote on its official Twitter handle.
It further said that the world of music has suffered an irreparable loss due to the demise of the 92-year-old legendary singer.

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