Lata Mangeshkar, the legendary Indian playback singer, may have bid farewell to this world on February 6, 2022, due to COVID-19, but her immortal melodies continue to resonate in the hearts of her countless fans. On the solemn occasion of her second death anniversary, it is fitting to delve into the lesser-known aspects of her life, particularly the reason behind her lifelong bachelorhood.
Lata Didi's Unconventional Choice:
Lata Mangeshkar, affectionately known as Lata Didi, chose a path less traveled by remaining unmarried throughout her illustrious life. The genesis of this unconventional choice can be traced back to her early adolescence when, at the tender age of 13, her father, the eminent Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar, passed away. Left as the eldest sibling with the weight of familial responsibilities on her shoulders, marriage became a distant consideration for the Nightingale of India.
In a revealing interview, Lata's sister Meenatai Mangeshkar shed light on this aspect of her life. Meenatai disclosed that Lata decided against marriage to ensure she could steadfastly stand by her family. As the eldest among five siblings, including Meena Khadikar, Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar, and Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Lata Mangeshkar's devotion to her family took precedence over personal pursuits.
The Early Melodic Journey:
Lata Didi's tryst with music commenced at the tender age of 5 when she developed an ardent passion for the art. Guided by her father, a distinguished classical singer and theater actor, she gave her first stage performance at a mere age of 9. This marked the inception of a musical journey that would later make her an iconic figure in the Indian music industry.
Remembering the Nightingale of India, Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar Didi, on her death anniversary. Her timeless melodies continue to echo in our hearts, reminding us of her unparalleled talent and grace. Her music will forever be a source of inspiration and solace to millions.… pic.twitter.com/zwyJJG7GSG— Praful Patel (@praful_patel) February 6, 2024
Renowned as India's 'Nightingale,' Lata Mangeshkar transcended linguistic boundaries, showcasing her versatility by singing in 20 languages and delivering a staggering 30,000 songs. Her extraordinary contributions garnered numerous accolades, cementing her legacy as one of the most celebrated playback singers in Indian cinematic history.
Unfulfilled Desires and Posthumous Fulfillment:
Despite her musical accomplishments, Lata Didi harbored an unfulfilled desire during her lifetime. A devout devotee of Balaji, she expressed her wish to donate 10 lakh rupees to the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam in her will. Although she passed away, her family, 611 days later, posthumously honored her wish, ensuring that her philanthropic spirit lived on even after her demise.