Tripura plans to introduce music awards named after Lata Mangeshkar
Tripura can introduce music awards for local artists in the name of legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar. Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said on Sunday, “The decision to introduce an award or recognition in the name of Lata Mangeshkar is under consideration.”
“I cannot make decisions on my own. There is a Department of Information and Cultural Affairs to deal with these issues. Also, I have to consult with my cabinet colleagues. Since there is public sentiment associated with her name, we will surely ponder the matter,” said Deb. Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar who ruled the hearts of music lovers for decades with her soulful voice breathed her last on Sunday morning in a Maharashtra hospital.
After paying a floral tribute to a portrait of Lata Mangeshkar at his official residence, the Chief Minister said, “Lata Mangeshkar was a music institution. She was among the figureheads of the music industry as well as the cultural field of the country. Deb said he was deeply saddened by Mangeshkar’s passing and expressed his gratitude to him for redefining Indian music.
“I am deeply saddened to hear the news of his passing and I express my gratitude to him for redefining Indian music,” he said. The Chief Minister recalled his childhood listening to Lata Mangeshkar’s songs and urged artists in the state to follow in his footsteps.
“I grew up listening to the classic duets of Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar composed by RD Barman or SD Barman and urged artists in the state to follow in the footsteps of the late Lata Mangeshkar,” he said. Lata Mangeshkar has died aged 92. The megastar was admitted to Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai on January 8 after being diagnosed with COVID-19 and pneumonia.
During this time, a two-day national mourning will be observed in memory of Lata Mangeshkar. The national flag will also fly at half mast for two days, as a sign of respect, and she was treated to a state funeral. Mangeshkar was an Indian playback singer and occasional music composer popularly known as “Nightingale of India” for her melodious voice.
Born on September 28, 1929, she began her career in 1942 at the age of 13. In a career spanning over seven decades, the Queen of Melody has recorded songs for over a thousand Hindi films. She had sung songs in over 36 regional Indian languages and foreign languages. (ANI)
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