I woke up to the news of the Nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar Ji, passing away. This loss, as much as it is national, is also a personal loss.
My parents are music lovers and my house has always had a musical atmosphere. My early memories include, me and my sister waking up everyday to the sound of the radio, with mostly Lata Ji’s melodious voice filling the room. A tradition that continues to this day. Lata Ji’s melodious voice playing in the room as I type this.
I remember, when my sister and I were around 6-7 years of age, we watched one movie with a lot of dedication; Hum Aapke Hai Kaun, almost daily. We were completely enamoured by the music album, the life of which was Lata ji. We listened to it daily. We were two seven year olds completely in love with Lata Ji’s voice.
That was the magic of her craft, the timelessness of her music, that she could make the listener very deeply feel the emotion with which she was singing.
Her voice mesmerised everyone, and will continue to do so for many, many years. Heaven will be melodious now.
Rest well, Lata Ji. 🙏