UAE mourns Lata’s demise, cultural events cancelled at India Pavilion


The demise of the legendary Indian singer has shocked the royal family, the Dubai administration, and lakhs of her fans in UAE. The UAE royal family has sent their condolence message to her family…reports Asian Lite Newsdesk

There will be no cultural activities organised for the next two days in the Indian Pavilion in Dubai Expo in the UAE, and the tricolour will fly at half-mast as a mark of respect to Indian music icon Lata Mangeshkar, who passed away early on Sunday.

‘As a mark of respect for legendary singer #LataMangeshkar, all cultural activities at the Indian pavilion#Expo2020Dubai, for the next two days, have been cancelled,” said UAE official Hassan Sajwani.

The week-long Kerala week festival just started two days back, after it was inaugurated by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan officially in the presence of UAE’s Minister of Culture, Youth, and Social Development, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan.

The demise of the legendary Indian singer has shocked the royal family, the Dubai administration, and lakhs of her fans in UAE. The UAE royal family has sent their condolence message to her family.

At the Indian Pavilion at the Dubai Expo, the Indian team members and the visitors observed a two minutes silence to pay homage to her.

‘The flag flies half-mast at the #IndiaPavilion at @expo2020dubai as a mark of respect to Lata Mangeshkar ji. The India team and visitors observe a two-minute silence to pay homage to the legendary singer & the Nightingale of India on her demise.#IndiaPavilion deeply mourns the demise of Lata Mangeshkar ji. We join the nation in offering homage to India’s nightingale. Rest in peace,’ tweeted the Indian pavilion team.

The India Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is one of the biggest platforms to showcase India to the world and project the country as the next hub for growth and innovation. Nestled at the Al Forsan Park adjacent to the ‘Opportunity’ district of the Expo 2020 Dubai, India Pavilion is created on the theme of “Openness. Opportunity. Growth.”

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India’s Melody Queen, who also composed music for Marathi films and was a producer as well, and had the distinction of being conferred with the highest civilian honours of India and France, passed away on Sunday morning at the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai, where she had been admitted because of Covid-related complications on January 11.

UN chief offers condolences

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condoled the demise of melody queen Lata Mangeshkar, calling the ‘Nightingale of India’ as the voice of the subcontinent, according to his spokesperson Farhan Haq.

Haq said on Sunday: “That’s sad news! The SG (Secretary-General) offers condolences to her family and the people and the government of India at this time. She was the voice of an entire subcontinent.”

India’s Permanent Representative T.S. Tirumurti called her death an “irreplaceable loss”.

“An irreplaceable loss to the nation. An irreplaceable loss to the world of music. Bharat Ratna #LataMangeshkar will live in our hearts forever,” he said in a tweet.

He also retweeted a condolence message from Maldives President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih, who said that Mangeshkar’s music crossed cultural frontiers.

Solih tweeted: “Saddened to hear of #LataMangeshkar’s passing. Her music crossed cultural and linguistic boundaries and continues to bring joy to millions around the world. India has lost a national treasure and I offer my condolences to her loved ones and the people of India.”

The India government has decided to observe two-day national mourning on the sad demise of Lata Mangeshkar, the Ministry of Home Affairs announced on Sunday.

Union government has also decided that as a mark of respect, two days of state mourning will be observed from Sunday (February 6) and and Monday (February 7). “During State Mourning, the National Flag will be flown at half-mast both days throughout India and there will be no official entertainment.

Lata Mangeshkar, India’s most loved singer who had once moved Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to tears, leaves behind a teary-eyed nation of admirers who grew up listening to her immutable voice give wings to the words of poets and the screen careers of legions of heroines.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and all political leaders have expressed their condolences over the demise of Lata Mangeshkar.

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