Music legend Lata Mangeshkar, 90, who was taken to the Intensive Care Unit of Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital early Monday morning, is on “a path of recovery.” Lata Mangeshkar’s family said, “Lata didi suffered from a viral chest infection. Presently, she is on a path of recovery. We could have treated her at home But we decided to get her to hospital. It’s close to our home plus treatment is thorough.”Ms Mangeshkar was hospitalized after complaining of breathing difficulty. “She was brought to hospital at 2 am. She is in ICU,” hospital sources told PTI. Ms Mangeshkar was visited in hospital by her sister Asha Bhonsle later in the day.
Lata Mangeshkar’s sister Usha Mangeshkar told news agency PTI, “Lata didi is still in hospital. She is under observation. She is doing absolutely well and is stable. She will be discharged by tomorrow.” She added, “We thought it”s better to treat her at a hospital because of the viral infection so she is there for today.” Lata Mangeshkar’s niece Rachana Shah told PTI that the singer had a viral infection and was getting better. “She was down with a viral infection. She is on path to recovery,” Ms Shah said.
Lata Mangeshkar, a recipient of the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke Awards, is an icon of Indian cinema, having sung playback for an extensive list of Hindi films; she has also sung in several regional languages including Marathi and Bengali. Ms Mangeshkar, who belongs to a prominent musical family, has also composed music as well as produced a handful of films.