Lata Mangeshkar, the nightingale of India, breathed her last at 8:12 am on 6th February 2022. The whole country couldn’t absorb the news. Covid affected her from the beginning of this month. Soon, she died of multiorgan failure at the age of 92. As we mourn over the legend’s death, here are a few achievements of her you should know.
According to several media reports, Lata Mangeshkar was honored as a citizen of The Republic of Suriname, South America, in 1980. Also, in 1987, the United States in Houston, Texas, presented her their Honorary Citizenship.
Legion of Honour, 2010
In 2010, France conferred her with the highest French decoration. Lata Mangeshkar received the highest civilian award, Insignia of ‘Officier de la Legion d’Honneur’ in her early 80s.
India gave her highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, to Lata Mangeshkar in 2001. It was the second Bharat Ratna for a vocalist after M.S Subbulakshmi. Not only did she sing over 30,000 songs, but she also sang them in 36 languages.
Platinum Disc Of EMI London
Lata Mangeshkar is the only Asian awarded the Platinum Disc of EMI London. Undoubtedly, she makes us proud.
The Lata Mangeshkar Award
The Maharashtra government had started The Lata Mangeshkar Award in the legend’s honor in 1992. Moreover, the Madhya Pradesh Government had started the same in 1984.
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The legend has won four Filmfare awards in her career. Besides that, in 1993, Filmfare magazine conferred her with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, she won Filmfare Special Awards in 1994 and 2004.
Dadasaheb Phalke Award
Dadasaheb Phalke Award is India’s highest award in cinema. The Directorate of Film Festivals presented this award in 1989 at the National Films Awards ceremony to her.
In 1999, the Government gave Lata Ji the second-highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan. They gave it for her “exceptional and distinguished service” to our nation.
Though India has lost her nightingale, her legacy will live on. Her achievements don’t end here and it lies in listeners listening to her song and will continue to, especially after decades. She will live in the hearts of millions, forever.