Lata Mangeshkar’s Cremation In Mumbai Soon, PM In Attendance

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Lata Mangeshkar is a recipient of the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke

New Delhi:

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, born in pre-Independent India, died this morning after weeks of hospitalisation bringing an end to a splendid and decorated career in playback singing and Bollywood. She was 92.

The cremation with full state honours will be held at Mumbai’s iconic Shivaji Park to honour the singer. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in attendance.

Around 2,000 sq ft of the park’s area has been barricaded for the cremation proceedings, said an official of the Mumbai civic body. People started arriving at the park since 1 pm to witness the funeral of the legendary singer.

Pictures from the late singer’s house have been doing the rounds on the internet where her younger sister Asha Bhosle, also a singer, and other family members could be seen joining their hands while the authorities salute the late megastar, as they take her body to Shivaji Park for her last rites.

A vehicle carrying her body was seen leaving ‘Prabhukunj’, her residence. It was decorated with white flowers and also had a massive photo of hers. The coffin in which her boy was placed was also wrapped in tricolour as the army marched along.

Earlier, Bollywood stars including Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Javed Akhtar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali were among those who visited her home to pay their last respects.

A recipient of the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke Awards, Lata Mangeshkar was an icon of Indian cinema, having sung playback for an extensive list of Hindi films.

Among her most iconic songs is the patriotic composition Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo; the song, commemorating Indian soldiers who died in the 1962 war with China.

Ms Mangeshkar, who belonged to a prominent musical family, also composed music as well as produced a handful of films. She was popularly known as the ‘Nightingale of India.’

The central government has announced a two-day “state mourning” on the demise of legendary singer. The national flag will fly at half mast from February 6 to February 7 throughout India and there will be no official entertainment in this period.

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