In her musical career encompassing over seven decades, Lata Mangeshkar sang all types of songs in almost all regional languages of India. However, after she crossed her seventy, she started cutting down on her singing and one could see her singing only a few special songs for movies or private albums. In her last few years, Lataji sang devotional songs or songs that were dedicated to the nation.
A.R. Rehman being her favourite out of the few songs that she sang for movies, a few belong to the Southern music composer. Be it Luka Chuppi from Rang De Basanti or Oh Palanhare from Lagaan, all these songs were very emotional and even today are loved by all. But the movie for which she sang as the lead singer for the last time and sang almost all the songs was Yash Chopra’s Veer Zaara.
Incidentally, the tunes for these songs were composed by Madan Mohan in the sixties but they were never included in any movies. However, Yashji thought that they were best suited for the story that he was portraying in Veer Zaara. Madanji was rakhi bhai of Lataji and she was Madanji’s first choice when it came to singing his songs. The legendary singer sang all the songs of the female lead in this movie which became iconic and even surprised Shah Rukh Khan who believed that the tunes were old and may not work in this modern era.
Last Song of Lata Mangeshkar Was a Tribute to Nation
In the later years of her life, she collaborated with Mayuresh Pai a lot. She sang bhajans of Swami Samarth along with her sister Usha Mangeshkar, and also released a Bengali album Shurudhwani which included poems of Salil Chowdhury in 2019.
Lataji was a true patriot who always insisted on following Indian tradition, congratulated Indian sportspeople, scientists, and achievers whenever they performed well and made name for the country, and believed that her singing was her way of contributing to the nation. That is why even her last song was a tribute to the Indian soldiers and the nation in collaboration with Mayuresh Pai. The song titled, “Sougandh Mujhe Is Mitti Ki” was released on 30th March 2019.
There is a short narration by Lataji before the start of this song in which she says that while hearing a speech of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi she was impressed by a few lines that he said. And this song has been inspired by these lines from Modiji.