Lata Mangeshkar hospitalised due to breathing issues

Lata Mangeshkar was admitted to Breach Candy hospital in the early hours of Monday. Hospital sources told PTI that the singer was admitted to the hospital after she complained of breathing difficulties. The singer, who turned 90 on September 28, is in a critical condition, they said.

“She was brought to hospital at about 2 am. She is critical and in ICU,” a hospital insider told PTI. However, Lata Mangeshkar’s niece Rachana Shah has slammed reports suggesting the singer is critical. Rachana told, “Not at all true. Not critical. In fact stable and recovering. She was down with a viral infection. On path of recovery. She will be fine soon.”

She added, “We could have treated her at home. But we decided to get her to hospital. It’s close to our home plus treatment is thorough.”

A while ago, it was reported that the singer was critical and in ICU. When asked Rachana about it, she simply said, “She’s had viral infection. This bad weather got to many people.” Rachana also said that the doctors told her, “She will be fine soon.”

Lata Mangeshkar, a recipient of the Bharat Ratna and Dadasaheb Phalke Award, is one of the most iconic singers of all time. Having sung playback for a thousand-plus Hindi films; Mangeshkar is best known for her versatile voice quality. In 1974, she became the first Indian to perform in the Royal Albert Hall.

Mangeshkar also composed music for four Marathi films in the 1960s: Mohityanchi Manjula (1963), Maratha Tituka Melvava (1964), Sadhi Manasa (1965) and Tambadi Mati (1969).

Some of her best songs include Ajib Dastan Hai Yeh, Pardesia, Chabi Kho Jaye, Pyar Hua Iqrar Hua, Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum, Chalte Chalte and Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon.

Lata Mangeshkar, who has lent her voice to over 1,000 songs in Hindi alone, has been honoured with the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke award.

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