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.