The Maharashtra government announced on Wednesday that a music academy would be built in Mumbai in memory of legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, who died aged 92 on Sunday. According to sources, the Lata Mangeshkar Sangeet Academy will be built on the campus of Kalina University in Bombay. The singer’s last rites were performed at Shivaji Park in Mumbai on Sunday evening. She was buried with full state honors.
A few days ago, Bharatiya Janta Party MP Ram Kadam wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asking him to dedicate a memorial to the late singer at Shivaji Park. Currently, there is a Balasaheb Thackeray memorial at Shivaji Park and the politician has also requested one for the legendary singer. His letter read: “After India’s greatest singer Lata Didi has been laid to rest in Shivaji Park, a more fitting tribute to the nation’s pride will be to have a memorial dedicated to Lataji on the same iconic ground. It has been a growing chorus among millions of Lataji fans around the world. A memorial can serve as a moving place where fans can pay their respects.”
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday announced the establishment of an academy, music school and museum in his hometown of Indore. Chouhan said, “Lataji was born in Indore. We decided to establish an academy in Indore so that children could practice over-sadhna. A music school will be created and a museum will be fashioned in the city. We will discuss the museum format in consultation with other music maestros.
Announcing that the Lata Mangeshkar award will be given on her birthday every year, Chouhan claimed that the city of Indore will have a statue of the singer.
Considered one of the greatest playback singers in Indian cinema, Mangeshkar began her career at the age of 13 in 1942 and has sung over 30,000 songs in various Indian languages. During her seven-decade career, she was the voice behind various memorable tracks such as “Ajeeb dastan hai ye”, “Pyar kiya to darna kya”, “Neela asman so gaya”, and “Tere liye”, among others. .
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