Lata Mangeshkar, the legendary singer, continues to be in the ICU after testing positive for Covid-19 last week.
The 92-year-old singer was admitted to the Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai on January 8 and is currently undergoing treatment there.
Speaking to Silverscreen India, Dr Partit Samdani, who is treating Mangeshkar, said that she is still in the Intensive Care Unit and it is hard to say when she will recover. “She is still in ICU and under observation. Recovery takes time and it is difficult for me to say when she will come out of ICU. Pray for her,” the doctor said.
On Thursday, the singer’s niece Rachana Shah had said that Mangeshkar was doing well. “Everyone’s prayers have worked. Kindly, keep our privacy in mind,” Shah further told PTI. Earlier, she had said that the singer was admitted to the ICU as she requires “constant care” due to her age.
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 an update.
“I was at the Breach Candy Hospital for the last 28 days. I had pneumonia. The doctors wanted 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,” she had written on December 8.
Born on September 28, 1929 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, Mangeshkar entered the film industry in the 1940s as a 13-year-old and her family’s sole breadwinner following the death of her father. In a career spanning over seven decades, the singer has recorded songs for over a thousand Hindi films, besides singing in other languages including Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam. Her first recording was for the 1942 Marathi film Kiti Hasal but the song was dropped from the final cut. Her official debut in playback singing was thus with the 1947 Hindi film Aap Ki Seva Mein.
Mangeshkar’s last recorded song was the independent single Saugandh Mujhe Is Mitti Ki in 2019.