Dr. Pratit Samdani of the Breach Candy Hospital, where Lata Mangeshkar died yesterday, spoke about the late legendary singer and how she had a smile on her face even in her final moments.
Dr. Samdani, who was acting as her personal doctor for the past three years has this to say, “Whenever Lata ji’s health deteriorated, I would have treated her, but this time her condition was deteriorating day by day. Though we continued our efforts, but eventually we could not save her.”
Dr. Samdani also said when the singer was admitted she always used to say that “everyone should be looked after equally,” also, “she was always ready to take whatever treatment was necessary for her and never refrained from it.”
Speaking about Lata Mangeshkar as a person, Dr. Samdani, continued, “I will remember her smile for the rest of my life. Even in her final moments, she had a smile on her face. Since the past few years, her health was not good and hence she was not able to meet much with anyone.”
He continued, “Ever since I have been treating her, Lata didi used to talk very little and didn’t speak much. However, God had different plans for her and she left all of us forever.”
The legendary figure died on Sunday at the age of 92. On January 8, Lata Ji was admitted to Mumbai’s Breach Candy hospital after being diagnosed with COVID-19 and pneumonia.
She began her career at the age of 13 in 1942, having been born on September 28, 1929. Over the course of her seven-decade career, the melody queen recorded songs for over a thousand Hindi films. She had her songs recorded in over 36 regional Indian and foreign languages.
In 2001, she was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor. She also received three National Film Awards during her singing career. Among her memorable songs are ‘Aye Mere Vatan Ke Logon,’ ‘Babul Pyare,’ and ‘Lag Ja Gale Se Phir.’
Asha Bhosle, Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar, and Meena Mangeshkar are Lata Ji’s four younger siblings.