Lata Mangeshkar’s family sets up old-age home for artists in Nashik

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Soon, the dream of India’s Nightingale Lata Mangeshkar will become a reality. The legendary singer had always dreamt of building an old-age home for artists. On the occasion of Guru Purnima, The Swar Mauli Foundation was being launched. The “secular and non-profit” foundation is building the old-age home in Nashik.

Lata Mangeshkar, who passed away on February 6 this year, had registered the foundation herself in July 2021. “By building an old-age home, The Swar Mauli Foundation is determined to help artists who are in the twilight of their age and in dire need of help. It was Lata Didi’s vision to help and heal elderly artists who are either abandoned by their children or feel financially helpless to sustain their lives,” the family said in the statement.

With several renowned yesteryear stars, including Lalita Pawar, Bharat Bhushan, Parveen Babi, Achala Sachdev and A K Hangal, dying alone, destitute and forgotten, the old-age home will fill a long-felt need, industry insiders said.

Bollywood’s megastar Amitabh Bachchan took to Twitter to announce the launch of the foundation.
According to the foundation’s official website, Lata Mangeshkar said Swar Mauli was based on the belief that no elderly should be left alone to face life when one is most vulnerable. “One of the most poignant parts of my journey was witnessing a dismal side of life; wherein not all older people were being looked after by their families. In my younger days, I witnessed many of the artists from our film industry being left to their peril in the evening of their lives. I was overwhelmed and it left an indelible mark on my heart.”

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