ISKCON Mourns the Passing of Lata Mangeshkar
By ISKCON News Staff | Feb 06, 2022
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) joins the world in mourning and remembering the legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, The Nightingale of India.
Acclaimed singer Lata Mangeshkar took her final breath at Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai on Sunday, February sixth, 2022, she was 92. The singer was cremated at Mumbai’s Shivaji Park with full state honors. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and lots of others paid their respects to Mangeshkar.
Daughter of Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar and Shevanti Mangeshkar, Lata belonged to a musical household. Her father was a well known Marathi musician and theatre artist. She was first tutored by her father and later appeared as a baby artist in a number of of his performs.
Lata Mangeshka and ISKCON
The following is an excerpt from Back to Godhead- India’s “Nightingale” Sings for Krishna
…The humble Miss Mangeshkar has received the Padma Bushan, India’s highest nationwide award, and so many “Filmfare” awards (her nation’s equal of the Oscar) that she’s needed to declare herself ineligible for extra. Time journal referred to as her “the indeniable and indispensable queen of India’s playback singers.”
When she went on stage final January 30 at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium, Miss Mangeshkar instructed her viewers, “I’m giving this live performance as a profit program for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. The proceeds are going to a cultural theater they’re constructing in Bombay.” She then captivated her followers with a three-hour live performance starting with the Bhagavad-gita and happening to the favored songs which have made her India’s most well-known vocalist.
“I started singing at age 5,” she stated after the live performance. “My father taught me our classical music—ragas from the Vedas. When I used to be a baby, I discovered to sing just for God.” And why the profit live performance? “My complete household are members of the Hare Krishna society… When I sing for Lord Krishna; every part is full.”
May the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna bless this nice soul.