Mumbai / Lata admitted to ICU since 2 am after having breathing difficulties: PTI

Free Press Journal : Nov 12, 2019, 10:42 AM

Veteran singer and legend Lata Mangeshkar was reportedly rushed to Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai this morning i.e. on Nov 11 after complaints of breathing difficulty. There she received treatment from the hospital's senior medical advisor Dr Farooq E Udwadi.

She was brought into the hospital at 1:30 AM and is now in a stable condition.

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 the ICU," a hospital insider told PTI.

Mangeshkar's younger sister Usha said the singer had a viral infection and should be discharged by Tuesday.

"Lata didi is still in hospital. She is under observation. She is doing absolutely well and is stable. She will be discharged by tomorrow.

"We thought it's better to treat her at a hospital because of the viral infection so she is there for today," Usha Mangeshkar told PTI amid reports that the musical icon had already been discharged and was recuperating at home.

With fans wishing her a faster recovery, Anusha Srinivasan Iyer, one of the biggest Media Strategist and Brand Custodian also said "Lata Mangeshkar ji had a viral chest congestion. Keeping her age in mind, as a precautionary measure, she has checked in to Breach Candy Hospital in order to ensure antibiotics on time to prevent any more infection. She is stable and recovering. Warm regards Anusha Srinivasan Iyer. Naarad"

In a career spanning over seven decades, the Indore-born Mangeshkar has lent her voice to thousands of songs in over 1,000 Hindi films as well as in various regional and foreign languages.

The indefatigable Mangeshkar recorded her last song this year. "Saugandh mujhe is mitti ki" was released on March 30 as a tribute to the Indian Army.

Her last full album in 2004 was "Veer-Zaara" when she was 75.

She started her journey as a playback singer in 1942 with Vasant Joglekar's Marathi movie "Kiti Hasaal". Her first song to release was "Natali chaitraachi navalaai" from "Pahili Mangalaa-gaur". She also acted in the movie.

Mangeshkar was awarded the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour in the country, in 2001.

She was given the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1989.

A day before, i.e. yesterday, on Nov 10, the singer took to Twitter to share the first look of her niece Padmini Kohlapure as Gopika Bai in Ashutosh Gowarikar’s magnum opus Panipat and wished her and the Panipat team a good luck.

While Lata Didi turned 90 years old on Sept 29 this year, we understand her health conditions. However, wish her a faster and better recovery.