8 Feb – Saddened by the loss of its treasure, Bollywood filmmakers, actors and composers recently took to social media to mourn the passing of India's Nightingale, Lata Mangeshkar.
Kajol, who worked on several movies of which Lata was its playback singer, including her hit movie "Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge", shared a photo of Lata on social media following the news of her passing and wrote, "If we play her songs one by one, we could hear her for a month and never hear the same song again. Prolific and profound. I mourn with the rest of the country for our nightingale..."
Karan Johar, who has worked with Lata on some of the movies including "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham" expressed, "Today heaven truly gained the voice of an angel. I grew up listening to Lata ji's song and as I mourn her loss today - I know with absolute confidence that she has left an indelible mark on our Indian culture for many generations to come. And today the words of my favourite song resonate very deeply in my heart as I sing - lag jaa gale, ki phir yeh haseen raat ho naa ho...shaayad phir iss janam mein mulaakat ho naa ho. Thank you for making an entire nation swoon with your pure voice, we will miss you. Rest in peace, serenity & power."
Veteran actress Hema Malini posted, "Feb 6 is a dark day for us - the legend who has given us a treasure trove of lilting songs, the Nightingale of India, Lataji, has left us to continue her divine music in heaven. It is a personal loss for me as our affection & admiration for each other was mutual."
Composers Anu Malik and AR Rahman also took to Instagram to share photos of them with the Queen of Melody, with the former writing, "My heart is filled with anguish. My heart is filled with sorrow. No one like her Yesterday. No one like her Today. No one like her Tomorrow."
"So many recording sessions, so many wonderful moments of working with her so closely, never imagined I would be saying goodbye to the voice of our nation- our Saraswati who chose to bid farewell to the world so close to an auspicious occasion of Saraswati Puja on Basant Panchami."
Rahman, on the other hand, wrote a short and sweet message that read, "Love, respect, and prayers."
News of Lata Mangeshkar's death made the headlines all over the world on 6 February. The well-respected singer passed away from complications of COVID-19 after nearly a month of hospitalisation. She was 92.