Lata to Be Honoured with ‘Daughter of the Nation’ on 90th Birthday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is very fond of the legendary singer.

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The Indian government is set to honour legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar with the ‘Daughter Of The Nation’ title when she turns 90 on 28 September.

Lata will be conferred the title as a tribute to her contribution to Indian film music over a career of over seven decades. Poet-lyricist and current CBFC chairman Prasoon Joshi has written a special song for the occasion.

A source within the government had this to say to IANS about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fondness for Lata.

“Modiji is a very big fan of Lataji’s voice. She represents the collective voice of the Indian nation. Honouring her is to honour the daughter of the nation and that’s what we will officially designate her on her 90th birthday,”

Earlier this week, Lata's statement that internet sensation Ranu Mondal should “be original,” had disappointed many fans and social media users, who feel the legendary singer could have been “more gracious.”

“Such a superstar and so ungracious,” wrote a user on Twitter.

“A poor lady sang on a railway platform for a living. #RanuMondal’s voice was miraculously noticed by SM and she became a star. Inspiring Lata ji could have been more gracious, complimented and helped her. This lecture on “imitation” was avoidable,”

One user “disagreed” with Mangeshkar and called her “a bit harsh,” while another said that this could have been taken in “true spirits by a senior artist like Lataji.”

Mondal, who has now recorded three tracks for singer-composer Himesh Reshammiya, became an overnight social media sensation after a video of her singing Lata Mangeshkar's soulful number “Ek pyaar ka nagma hai” at Ranaghat railway platform went viral on the internet.

Since then Ranu has gained fame and is even making an entry into Bollywood. She has been roped in by Himesh Reshammiya as a playback singer in his film.

(Inputs: IANS)

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