The Heart of the Song

Posted: March 14th, 2022

Lata Mangeshkar has had a state funeral and two days of national mourn­ing. People are truly shocked. Even though she lived to 92, Lataji was so much part of our lives, someone whose national status in India was unquestioned, that her loss is felt personally, even among the millions who didn’t know her. She was an iconic figure, instantly recognisable—ironically for some­one who was seen on film only decades earlier—but was the voice for many of the great Hindi film heroines, the nation and all of us as individuals.

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