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Lata Mangeshkar, Legendary singer, passes away at the age of 92

Lata Mangeshkar, Legendary singer, passes away at the age of 92

In the year 1965, when film legend of Marathi movie and later Dadasaheb Phalke awarded Bhalji Pendharkar wanted to create a film on the rural-urban conflict due to the rapid transformation of a tumultuous decade, Bhalji Pendharkar turned to Lata Mangeshkar to compose its music. The assignment required a musical genius and a keen understanding of the scores of Marathi dialects spoken across Maharashtra.

Lata Mangeshkar, already a 'playback' singing sensation across Indian languages, had composed music for three Marathi films. Bhalji Pendharkar's film Saadhi Maansa (Simple Folk) her fourth would become a landmark. Two of its songs – 'Malachya malamandhi' and 'Airanichya deva Tula' – became all-time classics in Maharashtrian households and won innumerable awards.

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If you saw the movie, though, you will be forgiven for not knowing that Mangeshkar composed its music. After 'Ram Ram Pavhna,' her first film as a composer in 1960, Mangeshkar preferred the relative anonymity of a male pseudonym. And so, it was Anand Ghan (literally, a cloud of joy) that gave music to Saadhi Maansa and won the state's best music and best song awards for that year, not Lata Mangeshkar (Anand Ghan's identity later became a popular question in school quizzes).

The Maharashtra state film awards for Saadhi Maansa are just two of the hundreds Mangeshkar won over a career spanning seven decades and more. She sang close to 30,000 songs (a number that is disputed but often accepted in the absence of accurate, credible data).

On the morning of February 6, 2022, when Mangeshkar passed away at Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital, India not only lost one of its most prolific singers but a musician who transformed the craft of film singing and became a benchmark for successive generations to emulate. She was admitted on January 8 due to Covid pneumonia. She initially responded to the treatment, doctors said, but her condition deteriorated in the first week of February, and she had been on a ventilator since.

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