On Wednesday, the Maharashtra government announced the establishment of a music academy in Mumbai in honour of iconic vocalist Lata Mangeshkar, who died on Sunday at the age of 92. According to sources, the Lata Mangeshkar Sangeet Academy will be established on Mumbai University’s Kalina Campus. On Sunday evening, the singer’s death rites were performed in Shivaji Park in Mumbai. With full state honours, she was laid to rest.
Ram Kadam, a Bharatiya Janata Party MLA, had addressed a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray a few days ago, seeking that a memorial to the late singer be dedicated at Shivaji Park. At Shivaji Park, there is currently a Balasaheb Thackeray memorial, and the politician has requested one for the legendary singer as well.
His letter read, “After India’s greatest singer Lata didi has been laid to rest at Shivaji Park, a more fitting tribute to the nation’s pride will be to have a memorial dedicated to Lataji at the very same iconic ground. This has been a growing chorus amongst millions of Lataji’s fans worldwide. A memorial can serve as an emotional place where fans can pay homage to her.”
Regarded as one of Indian cinema’s greatest playback singers, Mangeshkar started her career at the age of 13 in 1942 and has sung over 30,000 songs in various Indian languages. In her over a seven-decade career, she has been the voice behind various memorable tracks such as “Ajeeb dastan hai ye”, “Pyar kiya to darna kya”, “Neela asman so gaya”, and “Tere liye”, among others.