India’s ‘national singer’ Rata Mangeshkar dies from COVID-19


Ratha Mangeshkar, revered as India’s ‘national elder singer’, has died at the age of 92 while being treated for COVID-19.

According to foreign media reports, Breach Candy General Hospital in Mumbai, India, announced that Ratha Mangeshkar died this morning of multiple organ failure while being hospitalized for COVID-19 infection on the 11th of last month.

India’s state-run Durdashan broadcaster said that with the news of Mangeshkar’s death, the government would declare a two-day period of national mourning, hoist flags and set up a national coat of arms.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Rata Mangeshkar has left us. It is indescribably painful. expressed condolences.

Mangeshkar dedicated his entire life as a ‘playback singer’ in Indian films, singing instead of the main character and appearing only with his voice.

Born in 1929, he made his debut in 1942 at the age of 13 and sang over 5,000 songs in more than 1,000 films in nearly 80 years.

In March 2019, he also released a tribute to the national and military of India.

Mangeshkar is regarded as a singer who has dominated Bollywood music for more than half a century, and in 2001 he was awarded the ‘Bharat Ratna’, the highest civilian award for his contribution to the development of the Indian film industry.

Nicknamed the ‘Nightingale of India’, he was famous for singing barefoot, and for a long time maintained a young voice, sang songs in movies of teenage actresses 50 years younger than him.

Mourning has flowed across India over Mangeshkar’s death.

Oscar- and Grammy-winning Indian musician Ala Raqa Rahman tweeted, ‘Love, respect and prayer’.

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