Lata Mangeshkar, the nightingale of Indian playback singing, turned 87 on Wednesday, September 28. However, the melody queen will not be celebrating her birthday as she is saddened by the recent Uri attack where 18 Indian soldiers lost their lives.
"Everything has changed. Human beings and even the climate is now unpredictable. Extreme weather conditions play havoc with our lives. I am deeply saddened to see children suffer in natural calamities and during war," Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) quoted her as saying.
The Bharat Ratna awardee has sincerely requested her fans to send money to the bereaved family of martyrs, instead of sending her flowers. "Not when our soldiers have died so brutally in Uri. My sincere request to my well-wishers, please don't waste money buying me flowers. Instead send money to the bereaved family of martyrs. Jo shaheed huey hain unki zaraa yaad karo qurbani," she said.
Lataji has lent her voice to several actresses in the past and some of her evergreen songs are: Lag Ja Gale, Tere Bina Zindagi Se, Dil to Hai Dil, Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya, Bahon Mein Chale Aao, Sawan Ka Mahina, Luka Chuppi, among hundreds of others.
Meanwhile, many celebrities took to Twitter to wish the legend on her birthday.
T 2392 - Lata ji ... जिनका स्वर शहद की मिठास और शहद की अटूट धार के सामान है , उनको उनके जन्म दिवस पे अनेक अनेक शुभकामनाएं
स्नेह आदर सहित pic.twitter.com/IReTqLsSfT
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) September 27, 2016
Sachin Tendulkar: "वाढदिवसाच्या शुभेच्छा Lata didi! @mangeshkarlata.. Times may change but ur melodious voice & evergreen songs remain timeless."
Virender Sehwag: "Happy Bday @mangeshkarlata ,the Nightingale of India,a voice which has brought joy & happiness to millions around the world #LataMangeshkar"
Riteish Deshmukh: "Wishing the Nightingale of India @mangeshkarlata Ji a very happy birthday. A voice that still resonates in every household & unites India."
Shekhar Ravjiani: "Happy birthday @mangeshkarlata Ji...looking forward to the day I get a chance to meet you and take your blessings."