New Delhi: Legendary Bollywood playback singer Lata Mangeshkar was on Monday admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Breach Candy hospital after she complained of breathing issues.
According to reports, the singer, who turned 90 on September 28, is stated to be in a critical condition. “She was brought to hospital at about 2 AM. She is critical and in ICU,” a hospital insider told PTI.
Various media reports suggested that Mangeshkar is undergoing treatment by Dr Farokh E Udwadia, who is also the hospital’s senior medical advisor. However, other reports suggested that the great singer is now back home safe and sound, and is recovering.
Mangeshkar, who has lent her voice to over 1,000 songs in Hindi alone, was awarded the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian honour in the country, in 2001.
Known as Bollywood’s nightingale, the great singer gave her fans a surprise gift on her 90th birthday by connecting with them on Instagram. Though she is quite active on Twitter, her Instagram handle was long-awaited.
Recently, the veteran singer took to Twitter to praise Padmini’s look in the film and blessed her for her performance. She shared her character poster on social media and wrote a special note to send her good wishes for the film. The beautiful message posted by the singer read, “Namaskar. Meri bhaanji Padmini Kolhapure ek bahut acchi kalakar hai aur ab woh Panipat is film mein Gopika bai ka kirdaar nibha rahi hai. Main Padmini ko aashirwad deti hun aur Ashutosh aur unki team ko shubhkaamanayein deti hun.” (sic)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his ‘Mann ki Baat’ in September, extended birthday wishes to Lata Mangeshkar, saying, ”There must be hardly an Indian citizen who does not show deep regard for her, does not revere her. She is elder to most of us and has been witness to myriad phases, different eras the country has passed through. We address her as “DIDI”…Lata Didi. She turns 90 today. Before leaving on the foreign tour, I was blessed with an opportunity to converse with her on the phone. “