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The Maharashtra government has decided to establish an international music college in the name of the legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar in Mumbai.

According to reports, an in-principle approval was given to the proposal in a meeting of the state cabinet on Wednesday, February 9.

Meanwhile, this comes at a time when there is already a political commotion over setting up a memorial of Lata Didi at Shivaji Park in Dadar.

Maharashtra higher and technical education minister Uday Samant confirmed the development and said that the department will bring a formal proposal before the cabinet for its approval.

However, it has come to light that the proposed institution will be known as Bharat Ratna Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar International Music College and will be built at the Kalina campus of Mumbai University.

While addressing in Pune, during a recent meeting with her family members, they have now proposed to name the college after Lata Mangeshkar as Deenanath Mangeshkar was her father and guru (teacher) as well. Lata Mangeshkar was even showed the Kalina plot which she liked. Thus, a decision was taken in the cabinet meeting that the international institution for music in Mumbai will be named after Lata didi, Samant said in Pune.

A formal announcement by the state is expected in the state budget for 2022-23 which will be presented to the state legislature in the budget session that begins on February 28.

An official said that the college would have facilities to teach music from different streams from Indian classical to Western classical. The idea is to open an international college of music affiliated with the University of Mumbai

Earlier, a committee was set up under the chairmanship of Hridaynath Mangeshkar (Lata Mangeshkar’s brother) for developing a music college in the name of Dinanath Mangeshkar on a five-acre plot at the Kalina campus. Usha Mangeshkar (her sister), Adinath Mangeshkar, Zakir Hussain, A R Rahman, Suresh Wadkar among other personalities are members of the panel.

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