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Lata Mangeshkar

Don Ruperto

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I'm saddened to learn today that Lata Mangeshkar has passed away aged 92.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/feb/06/lata-mangeshkar-singer-bollywood-india-dies-92
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-45703099

The Guardian starts its obituary:
"Lata Mangeshkar, one of India’s most influential singers, known as the “nightingale of Bollywood”, has died in Mumbai aged 92."

More accurately she was one of the world's most beloved and rightly celebrated of all female singers. She was a huge star, always guest of honour at Abbey Road, she had her own private box at Lords - but she was deeply religious and lived quite modestly. Once reputed to be the most recorded singer in history, she sold records worldwide, not just in India but from Africa to the UK and the USA. It's difficult for some music listeners here to grasp quite how poor much of "our" music really is, sometimes creating superstars from artists of very limited talent. That's not the case with Lata, in her prime from the late 1940s to the late 60s, many people believe she was one of the most sublime of all recorded singers.

Try these clips on Youtube (they won't embed in the normal way)

Chand Phir Nikla - Nutan, Lata Mangeshkar, Paying Guest Song

Lag Jaa Gale - Sadhana, Lata Mangeshkar, Woh Kaun Thi Romantic Song

 
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