According to her spokeswoman, Lata Mangeshkar is exhibiting ‘good signs of improvement,’ citing Dr Pratit Samdani of Breach Candy Hospital. The 92-year-old singer was hospitalised to the Breach Candy Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on January 8 after testing positive for coronavirus with mild symptoms.

On Saturday, Lata’s Twitter account sent the following message: “A heartfelt appeal to put an end to the unsettling conjecture. Breach Candy Hospital’s Dr Pratit Samdani has provided an update. Lata Didi is doing better than she was before and is being treated in the intensive care unit. We hope and pray for her quick recovery and return home.”

Anusha Srinivasan Iyer, a close friend of the family, had told news agency PTI that the veteran singer is doing well. “Lata Didi is showing signs of improvement and is receiving care in the ICU from an incredible team of doctors led by Dr Pratit Samdani. We are hoping and praying for her to recover quickly and return home “In a statement, Iyer added.

On Friday, social media began to spread rumours that Mangeshkar’s health had deteriorated. Anusha had shot down the rumours, telling PTI, “A heartfelt request. Please do not spread any misleading information… Both the family and the doctors require privacy. Let us all pray that Lata Didi recovers quickly and returns home.”

Lata Mangeshkar, regarded as one of India’s best vocalists, began her career at the age of 13 in 1942 and has over 30,000 songs to her credit in a variety of Indian languages.

She has sung several unforgettable songs throughout her distinguished career, including Ajeeb Dastan Hai Ye, Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya, Neela Asman So Gaya, and Tere Liye, to name a few.

Numerous medals and honours have been bestowed to the singer, including the Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, and Dada Saheb Phalke Award, as well as multiple National Film Awards. She has also been awarded India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna.

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