Lata Mangeshkar – one of world’s greatest singers, leaves behind teary-eyed fans all over the world. She breathed her last at Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital on Sunday. While her Indian fans are inconsolable, there are many people from other parts of the world as well who expressed their grief.
The most notable reactions came from India’s western neighbors Pakistan where people forgot their rivalry with India and expressed their deep condolences on social media platforms.
According to writer and columnist Durdana Najam, “the nightingale of music” Mangeshkar “was as famous in Pakistan as she was in India or elsewhere”. Political analyst Dr Shahid Masood also paid tribute to Mangeshkar, recognising the end of an era and referring to her as “our dear sister”.
Pakistan’s Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry paid tributes to singing legend saying she has ruled the world of music for decades and the magic of her voice will live forever.
Pakistani media channels also ran the story of her demise an indication of the massive following the singer enjoyed across the border.
In her eight-decade career Lata ji sang an estimated 25,000 songs in as many as 36 Indian languages, including Hindi, Marathi, Tamil and Kannada, and across classical and other genres.