Mumbai: Lata Mangeshkar is arguably one of the most legendary singers the country has ever produced, if not the most. Her melodious voice took the entire nation by storm. She ruled the Hindi music industry for decades and has earned millions of fans not only in India but globally.
Lata started her musical journey at a very young age and also took on the responsibility of looking after her siblings. She took care of their education and even supported their professional careers.
However, in this process, her personal life went for a toss. It is pretty evident that Lata's commitment to her family took a toll on her personal life.
Lata Mangeshkar was allegedly fond of Raj Singh Dungarpur, the former President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). It was believed that the feeling was mutual and Raj also had a feeling for her.
Raj apparently called her by the name 'Mithoo.'
Unfortunately, the duo did not end up tying the knot. It is because Raj's father was against this marriage.
Raj Singh hailed from a royal family of Rajasthan and his father, late Maharawal Lakshman Singhji, the then ruler of Dungarpur, opposed their wedding as Lata was a commoner.
Raj did not want to refuse his father's orders and therefore decided to not make the move. But, he also pledged to not marry in his lifetime. Likewise, Lata also vowed to not marry and both of them remained unmarried.
Meanwhile, their friendship lasted and they remained friends for life. Raj passed away on 12 September 2009 due to his prolonged battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Lata had caught covid a few days back and her health condition was deteriorating so much so that she was kept in ICU. Her fans expressed their concern and were praying for her speedy recovery.