NEW DELHI (AP) — Lata Mangeshkar, a legendary Indian singer with a prolific, groundbreaking discography recognized by a billion people in South Asia, has died, according to her doctor. He was 92 years old.
The iconic singer died of multi-organ failure at Mumbai’s Breach Candy hospital, Dr. Pratit Samdani told reporters. She was hospitalized on January 11 after contracting COVID-19.
For nearly eight decades, Mangeshkar was a popular lip-sync singer, performing songs that were then simulated singing by actors from elaborate Bollywood musicals. She was also affectionately nicknamed “Queen of Melody” and “Indian Nightingale”.
Mangeshkar’s songs, always full of emotion, were often sad and about unrequited love, although others spoke of national pride.
Born in Maharashtra on September 28, 1929, she began singing at religious gatherings with her father, who was also a singer by training. After moving to Mumbai, the capital of the Indian film industry, he became a star with immense appeal, seducing audiences with his delicate yet clear voice and immortalizing Hindi music.