Former Prime Minister and Bharat Ratna awardee Atal Bihari Vajpayee who had been admitted to the AIIMS hospital in New Delhi for the past few weeks, died on Thursday. He was 93.
Vajpayee was admitted to AIIMS, New Delhi on June 11 for a urinary tract infection. He was also a diabetic patient. In addition, his urine output was on the lower side.
He was put on life support system by the doctors after his condition became critical in the last few hours. His death has saddened the entire nation. His mortal remains will be taken to Smriti Sthal for the funeral.
Devastated by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s death, Asia’s nightingale Lata Mangeshkar who shared a very close bonding with him pays a heartfelt tribute to former Prime Minister by sharing a song ‘Than Gayi Maut Se’.
The poem was written by Vajpayee, has been sung by Mangeshkar. The music has been given by Mayuresh Pai.
Lata Ji took to Twitter to share the song and captioned it as, “Mere dadda Atal Ji ek sadhupurush the. Himalaye jaise unche aur Ganga jaise pavitra the. Maine unki kuch kavitayein jab record ki thi ye ek kavita album mei nahi thi. Wo kavita mai unki yaad ko arpan karti hu (My brother was a saint. He was as magnificent as the Himalayas and as pure as the Ganga River. When I recorded some of his poems, this one poem was not in the album. I offer that poem today to his memory.”
मेरे दद्दा अटलजी एक साधुपुरुष थे.हिमालय जैसे ऊँचे थे और गंगा जैसे पवित्र थे। मैंने उनकी कुछ कविताएँ जब रेकॉर्ड की थी तब ये एक कविता अल्बम में नहीं थी। वो कविता मैं आज उनकी याद को अर्पण करती हूँ.https://t.co/aAeWakqsX7
— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) August 17, 2018
Express her grief over the demise of Vajpayee, the veteran singer said that the former prime minister was an unparalleled leader but for her, he will always remain her “Dadda”(brother).
“An unparalleled leader but to me, he will always be my ‘Dadda’. In understanding the lives of great men, I found that their victory was over themselves. The one person who reflected this was Atalji,” said Mangeshkar.
“His evolved and spiritual appreciation of the two most profound realities of life and death put him at peace with himself. He very gracefully embraced the harsh realities and rose above them. In his memory, I humbly bow down,” she added.