MUmbai: Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar was admitted to the ICU of Mumbai’s Breach Candy hospital on Tuesday, after testing positive for Covid-19.
The 92-year-old singer is in the ICU ward at the Breach Candy hospital and her symptoms are mild, her niece Rachna confirmed to the news agency. “She is mild COVID positive. Considering her age, doctors advised us that she should be in the ICU because she requires constant care. And we cannot take a chance. As a family, we want the best and want to ensure she has 24X7 care, Rachana said. She will be fine. But it is going to take a while because of her age. And also, COVID-19 takes seven days,” she added.
In 2021, Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar had donated Rs 7 lakh to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) for coronavirus-related works in Maharashtra. Following this, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray thanked the melody queen for her gesture and urged citizens to contribute towards the state government’s relief measures.
Lata Mangeshkar, lovingly called ‘Nightingale of India’, is the eldest of four siblings, including younger sister and veteran Asha Bhosle. Belonging to the Mangeshkar family of Bollywood, Lata Mangeshkar has been singing since the age of 13.
In an active career spanning nearly seven decades, she has been credited for changing the face of Indian music scene and the place of female singers in India, becoming an inspiration for generations.
One of Mageshkar’s first major hits was “Aayega Aanewaala” from 1949 film Mahal. Her name was included in The Guinness Book of Records in 1974, as the most recorded artiste in history. It was reported that she recorded “not less than 25,000 solo, duet and chorus backed songs in 20 Indian languages” between 1948 and 1974.
Speaking about her journey, Mangeshkar earlier told media, ““That long journey is with me and that little girl is still with me. She has not gone anywhere. Some people call me ‘Saraswati’ or say that I have her blessings. They say I am this and that. All this is nothing I believe but the blessings of my parents, our deity Mangesh, Sai baba and god.”
Lata Mangeshkar was bestowed with the Padma Bhushan in 1969.