Lata Mangeshkar passed away on February 6 at the age of 92. The recipient of Bharat Ratna lost her life due to multiple organ failures. She was none other than a legend and pride of India. Lata didi has given numerous hits in her glorious career yet she always managed to stay away from the limelight. While we remember her an interesting story also pops up, the time when someone tried to kill Lata Mangeshkar in the 1960s.
In an interview, the ‘Nightingale of India’ has revealed that in 1963 she fell very ill and later came to know that she was being poisoned by someone,
Recalling the terrible incident she then said and quoted by TOI, ‘We Mangeshkars don’t talk about it, as it was a terrible phase in our life. The year was 1963. I began to feel very weak, and could barely get up from my bed. It came to a point where I couldn’t move on my own.’
This incident has also been mentioned in the book ‘Lata in Her Own Voice’, where the singing legend revealed that, ‘In 1962, I fell very ill for about three months. One day, I woke up feeling very uneasy in my stomach. And then I started throwing up — it was terrible, the vomit was a greenish colour. The doctor came and even brought an X-ray machine home because I could not move. He X-rayed my stomach and said I was being slowly poisoned.’
The famous singer went on to say that her sister Usha took over the cooking and the servant left without accepting his money. Lata ji added, ‘So we thought someone had planted him there. We didn’t know who it was. I was bed-ridden for three months and was so weak.’
‘Kahin Deep Jale Kahin Dil’ from ‘Bees Saal Baad’ was the first song the legendary singer sang following her recovery. She then received her second Filmfare Award. The melody queen recorded tunes for 30,000 songs in various Indian languages during the course of her seven-decade career. Lata ji has earned multiple major awards, including the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan, the Padma Vibhushan, and the Dada Saheb Phalke Award. Following her death, India’s government declared two-day national mourning.