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Lata Mangeshkar passes away: ‘India has lost its biggest gem, we are a little poorer today,’ says Shekhar Suman – Times of India

The Nightingale of India is silent today. Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar breathed her last in a Mumbai hospital earlier today. The 92-year-old singer, who was a recipient of Bharat Ratna, was cremated with full state honours. Among family members and her vast legion of fans around the world, several renowned personalities paid their last respects to our beloved Lata ji.

Sharing his sentiments, actor Shekhar Suman hums the famous lines,
‘Jab hum na honge, tab humare khaak pe rukoge tum chalte chalte. Ashkon se bheegi chandni me ek sadaa si sunoge tum chalte chalte. Wahin pe hum tumse kahin milenge, banke kali, banke saba bag-e-wafa mein…’

“Lata ji is the name of an emotion who was an important part of our life. Right from our childhood to the youth, to the old age, to even our last breath, she will a part of us for life. Through her songs we saw our childhood, we witnessed our youth. Through her songs we learnt how to love, shed tears when the heart broke. We learnt patriotism, we learnt the meaning of craze. We learnt devotion. Maybe we would have been less patriotic is we hadn’t listened to ‘Aye mere watan ke logon’, or ‘Vande Mataram’. Maybe we would have had less devotion if we didn’t hear ‘Allah tero naam’, or ‘Aye malik tere bande hum’. Physically, she may not be with us, each one of us has to leave some day. Through her emotions, her tunes and her songs, she will be forever, till the end of time, be with us. All I can say is, today India has lost its biggest gem. We are a little poorer today. There is no India without Lata ji. She will forever stay in our hearts. She isn’t going anywhere. We can’t say Lata ji is not among us now. When her voice, her emotions are with us, how can we say she isn’t among us? Lata ji hamare bich mein thi, hain, aur rahengi,” he said to ETimes.

Further calling her the reincarnation of goddess Saraswati on earth, Shekhar said, “When Maa Saraswati was incarnated on earth, her name was Lata Mangeshkar. And whenever god lands on earth, once the purpose is served, they return. Maa Saraswati did what she had to, and close to Vasant Panchami, god called her back. We bow in front of her. Her achievements, her contributions, the way she has been a part of our lives, as long as the universe exists, she will be with us.”

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