Lata Mangeshkar, the legendary 92-year-old singer, has been admitted to a private hospital in Mumbai, after testing positive for Covid-19.
She was admitted to the Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai on Saturday and is currently undergoing treatment there.
Speaking to Silverscreen India, Dr Partit Samdani, the doctor treating Mangeshkar said that she is currently admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and is under observation.
“She is 92, has pneumonia and is also Covid-positive, so we have to wait and see. She is in the ICU under observation. The treatment is going on,” he said.
Earlier, in November 2019, the singer was admitted to the same hospital, after being diagnosed with pneumonia. After her return from the hospital, she had taken to Twitter to share updates about her health.
“I was at the Breach Candy Hospital for the last 28 days. I had pneumonia. The doctors wanted for me to recover completely, before going home; today, I am back home. With the blessings of God, Mai Baba, and all of your love and prayers, I feel fine now. I am grateful to all of you, with all my heart,” she wrote.
Mangeshkar began her career in the 1940s as a 13-year-old, entering the film industry as her family’s sole bread earner. In a career spanning over seven decades, the singer has recorded several songs for over a thousand Hindi films, besides other languages including Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam. Her first recording was for the 1942 Marathi film Kiti Hasal and her debut in playback singing was for the 1947 Hindi film Aap Ki Seva Mein.
Known as the ‘Melody Queen of India‘, Mangeshkar received the Padma Bhushan in 1969, followed by the Dadasaheb Phalke award in 1989 for her contributions to Indian cinema, and the Padma Vibhushan in 1999. She was also bestowed with the Bharat Ratna, the ‘highest civilian honour’ in India, in 2001 and later went on to receive the ‘Legion of Honour’ award, from the Government of France.
Mangeshkar’s last recorded album was for the 2004 Hindi film Veer-Zaara and her last recorded song was Saugandh Mujhe Is Mitti Ki in 2019, which was a tribute to the Indian army and the nation, among the many other patriotic songs she has recorded, through the course of her career.