MUMBAI: Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar has cancelled her birthday celebrations in view of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Mangeshkar, whose countless songs have fused India into a robust cultural narrative, will turn 91 on Monday.
“Latadidi is deeply pained by reports of casualties following the Covid-19 pandemic. She told us that this was not the time for celebration. She wants to pray for those who lost their lives in the pandemic,” said writer Rachana Shah, Mangeshkar’s niece, on Sunday. Mangeshkar will spend the day with her family members and eat simple lunch, Shah said.