Lata Mangeshkar, India's Nightingale, cremated with full state honours

Last rites held at Mumbai's Shivaji Park


The last rites of legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar was held in an open ground in Mumbai's Shivaji Park, with full state honours, in the presence of a bevy of dignitaries and celebrities, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and former crickter Sachin Tendulkar, on Sunday evening.

Her brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar lit the funeral pyre of the singing legend.

People started arriving at the park since 1 pm to witness the final rites. Several celebrities, including Ranbir Kapoor, Amir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Javed Akhtar and Ashutosh Gowariker, paid last respects to the late singer at the cremation ground. PM Modi paid floral tributes to the late singer.

lata-final-rites Fans bid adieu to the singer, chanting slogans, singing songs as her final journey began from her residence in south Mumbai to Shivaji Park | Amey Mansabdar

Fans bid adieu to Mangeshkar, chanting slogans, singing songs as her final journey began from her residence in south Mumbai to Shivaji Park. Her coffin was draped with the national flag and placed on the truck with a band march. As the vehicle moved, people chanted "Lata didi amar rahe" and showered it with petals.

Maharashtra Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray has been overseeing the preparations for the funeral at Shivaji Park. Nearly 2,000 sqft of the park's area was barricaded for the cremation proceedings. Songs sung by Mangeshkar were being played at park ground, before the mortal remains arrived there.

Maharashtra government has declared a public holiday on Monday to mourn the demise of Mangeshkar.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Javed Akhtar and filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali were among those who paid tributes to Mangeshkar at her residence on Pedder Road in south Mumbai. Other celebrities who paid tributes to Mangeshkar at her residence included Amitabh Bachchan's daughter Shweta Nanda, filmmakers Ashutosh Gowariker, Madhur Bhandarkar, actor Shraddha Kapoor and music composer Lalit Pandit.

Earlier in the day, Modi paid tributes to the late singer while addressing a virtual election rally in in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura saying, "Lata didi has gone to the heavenly abode. Many people, like me, will proudly say that they had a close connection with her. Her melodious voice will always stay with us. I pay tributes to her with a heavy heart."

Mangeshkar died in Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital, where she was admitted since January 8 when she was diagnosed with Covid with mild symptoms. She was also diagnosed with pneumonia.  The singer, one of India’s most well known and well loved personalities, died at 8.12 am due to multi organ failure.

The national flag will fly at half mast from February 6 to February 7 throughout India, in honour of the late singer.

—With PTI inputs