Lata Mangeshkar’s dream of old-age home for artistes will be reality soon

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The late Lata Mangeshkar was a great philanthropist as well apart from being a titanic singer. Photo: Pritam Sharma

Nightingale and Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar was not only known for the divinity of her voice and for enthralling generations with her singing, but she always also believed is doing charity work and helping people in desperate need. From starting a multi-speciality hospital in Pune to helping artistes in need, she was always at the forefront in charity work and widely known for her philanthropy.

Latabai is not with us physically anymore but her long-cherished dream of starting an old-age home for artistes from her own fraternity and performing arts is about to come true soon.

On 13th July, on the occasion of Guru Purnima, the foundation of an old-age home, Swar Mauli, was unveiled. By building an old-age home, the Swar Mauli Foundation (A secular and non-profit organization) is determined to help such artistes who are in the twilight of their age and in dire need of help. It was Lata’s vision to help and heal elderly artistes who are either abandoned by their children or feel financially helpless to sustain their lives.

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Amitabh Bachchan, who shared an excellent bond with Lata for decades, took to Twitter, calling it “Bharat Ratna Lata ji’s most noble gesture and gift for humanity.” Not just Amitabh Bachchan, but many other celebrities from the industry had praised this noble initiative from the Lata Mangeshkar Charitable Trust.

Founded by Lata Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar, Lata’s niece Rachana Shah and music composer Mayuersh Pai, the foundation will have many eminent personalities like Sonu Nigam and Madhur Bhandarkar in the advisory committee.

While talking about the foundation, one of the founder members and music composer, Mayuresh Pai said, “We are glad to inform you all that Lata Mangeshkar’s dream of building a old-age home for needy artistes will be a reality soon. Last year in October or November, Lata didi discussed about the design and look of the old-age home which is being built in Nashik, Maharashtra.”

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