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Lata Mangeshkar

Born 28 September 1929
About Lata Mangeshkar
Lata Mangeshkar is a legendary playback singer in India, who has sung more than 27000 songs in over thousand Hindi films. In her seven decade long career, Lata Mangeshkar has sung songs in more than 36 regional Indian languages and foreign languages as well. She had also composed music for a few Marathi movies. Lata Mangeshkar is the recipient of many awards including Bharat Ratna, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke award along with several National Awards and other prestigious awards. She is the elder sister of singers and composers Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar, Meena Mangeshkar and Hridaynath Mangeshkar. Lata Mangeshkar has played occasional roles in a few movies
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Lata Mangeshkar's Life and Family
Lata Mangeshkar was Born to classical singer and theatre actor Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar, in Indore. Her mother's name is Shevanti (Shudhamati). Lata Mangeshkar Comes from Gomantak Maratha Samaj. Though Lata's family name was 'Hardikar', her father changed it to Mangeshkar in line with their native Town Mangeshi
Lata Mangeshkar name in the 'Guinness Book of World Records for singing maximum number of songs in the world
Lata Mangeshkar's Early Singing career
Lata Mangeshkar had mentors like Sadashivrao Nevrekar, Vinayak Damodar Karnatak and Ghulam Haider. Lata started singing for Marathi films. Her first released song was "Natali Chaitraachi Navalaai" from the Marathi movie 'Pahili Mangalaa-gaur' (1942). Lata Mangeshkar's first Hindi song was "Mata Ek Sapoot Ki Duniya Badal De Tu" for the Marathi film Gajaabhaau (1943).
 Kishore Kumar with Lata Mangeshkar
Lata Mangeshkar Padma Bhushan Award
She began to work on her voice and singing style and went to take singing lessons from famous classical artist Ustad Aman Ali Khan. Lata Mangeshkar sang a song for the movie 'Majboor' of 1948. People took liking of the song "Dil Mera Toda, Mujhe Kahin Ka Na Chhora" sung by Lata and it proved to be her big break into the Hindi Film Industry. Ghulam Haider was the one who introduced her to the director. Lata Mangeshkar considered Ghulam Haider as her mentor and Godfather.
 Kishore Kumar with Lata Mangeshkar
Lata Mangeshkar's Later Career
During the 1950, Lata Mangeshkar worked with a score of popular Music Directors such as Shankar Jaikishan, Naushad, Kalyanji-Anandji, Hansraj Behl, Madan Mohan, C. Ramchandra and even with master music director Khayyam. Some of the movies she did playback singing for were Baiju Bawra (1952), Mother India (1957), and Shree 420 (1955). Her first song with music director Naushad was 'Ae Chorre Ki Jaat Badi Bewafa'. She later sang for another movie which Naushad composed music for, named 'Mughal-e-Azam'. Her Song 'Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya' was among the most celebrated song of the year.
Lata with (right)Kalyanji, (Left)Anandji
Lata Mangeshkar's Notable works
When some Actors and Music Directors pointed out that Lata Mangeshkar Hindi/Urdu accent was not up to the mark, she went to take Urdu lessons from a Teacher named Shafi. The 1949 released movie 'Mahal' had a song 'Aayega Aanewaala'. Lata Mangeshkar did the playback for the song which was picturized on famous actress Madhubala. 'Aayega Aanewaala' was Lata's first major hit. Music Director Shankar Jaikishan asked her to sing the song "Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh" from the movie Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai (1960), it again was a sensational hit. These few songs and her work with the music directors paved her way deep into the music industry of India and ascertained her position as a lead singer.
Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar with her siblings, from left Usha, Asha, Meena and Hridaynath
Lata Mangeshkar has 4 other siblings: Asha, Usha, Meena and Hridaynath Mangeshkar. At an early age she began to act and sing in her father's musical dramas or Sangeet Natak
Lata Mangeshkar Personal Life
At the time of India-China war, Lata Mangeshkar sang 'Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo', which is touted as one of the best patriotic songs. When she performed the song in front of then Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, he broke up in tears. Another song of hers "Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai" with Kishor Kumar was a big hit. Piya Tose" from Guide (1965), and "Hothon Pe Aisi Baat" from Jewel Thief (1967) again were smash hits.
Dev Anand with wife Kalpana Kartik
Lata Mangeshkar's famous duets
Lata Mangeshkar's Duets With Singers like Kishor Kumar, Mohammed Rafi, Manna Dey and Mukesh are Remembered as Classical. Her Singing-Pair with Mohammed Rafi was the most Notable one. In 1972, Meena Kumari Starred in 'Pakeezah, two songs "Chalte Chalte" and "Inhi Logon Ne" Became Popular in no time. Her Most Outstanding songs in the 1970s were Composed by the Musical duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
Lata with Usha, Meena, Hriydanath, Pt Bhimsen Joshi, Pt Jasraj, Vasant Desai, Pt Ravi Shankar a function
Lata Mangeshkar as a music director :
Lata Mangeshkar Won the National Film Award Under Best Female Playback Singer Category for the Song "Beeti Na Bitai" from the Movie 'Parichay', in 1973. She Again won a National Award for the Song Roothe Roothe Piya, from the Movie Kora Kagaz. During the 1980 she Sang in the Following Successful Movies Pyar Jhukta Nahi, Ram teri ganga maili, Silsila, Karz, Ek duuje ke liye, Prem Rog, Hero, Nagina, Chandni and Ram Lakhan. In the 1990, She Worked With Music-Directors of the New era, such as Jatin Lalit, Anand-Milind, Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen, Uttam Singh, Anu Malik, Nadeem-Shravan, Aadesh Shrivastava and A. R. Rahman.
A. R. Rahman with legend Lata Mangeshkar
Lata Mangeshkar's Non-Film Works
Apart from movie songs, Lata Mangeshkar has sung Ghazals with the likes of Jagjit Singh and Roop Kumar Rathore, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Hariharan, Mohammed Aziz, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam etc. Lata Mangeshkar started her own production house whose first film was Gulzar directed 'Lekin'. In 1999, Lata Mangeshkar was nominated for Rajya Sabha and she was given Bharat Ratna in 2001. Lata Mangeshkar composed music for 5 Marathi movies, Ram Ram Pavhana being the first film. She won the Best Music Director Award for the Marathi movie, by Government of Maharashtra.
Lata Mangeshkar and Jagjit Singh
Lata Mangeshkar's Awards and Titles:
➯ Lata Mangeshkar won the third-highest Indian civilian award Padma Bhushan in 1969
➯ Lata Mangeshkar won the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1989
➯ Lata Mangeshkar won the second-highest Indian civilian award Padma Vibhushan in 1999
➯ Lata Mangeshkar was conferred the highest civilian award Bharat Ratna in 2001
➯ Three National Film Awards and Four Filmfare awards for Best Playback singer
Lata Mangeshkar's Trivia:
➯ Lata Mangeshkar is a legendary playback singer in India
➯ Lata Mangeshkar has sung over 27000 songs in over 36 languages
➯ Lata Mangeshkar is the daughter of classical singer and theatre actor Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar
➯ Lata Mangeshkar is the elder sister of famous singer Asha Bhosle
➯ Lata Mangeshkar's first song was Natali Chaitraachi Navalaai
➯ Lata Mangeshkar's first Hindi song was 'Mata Ek Sapoot Ki Duniya Badal De Tu'
➯ Lata Mangeshkar won the National Film Award under Best Female Playback Singer category for the song "Beeti Na Bitai" from the movie 'Parichay'
➯ Lata Mangeshkar has worked with many renowned music directors such as Shankar Jaikishan, Naushad, Kalyanji-Anandji, Hansraj Behl, Madan Mohan, C. Ramchandra and Khayyam
➯ Lata Mangeshkar's song 'Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo' brought tears in PM Jawahar Lal Nehru Eyes
➯ Lata Mangeshkar won Padma Bhushan in 1969 and Padma Vibhushan in 1989
➯ Lata Mangeshkar won the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1989
➯ Lata Mangeshkar was bestowed Bharat Ratna in 2001
Lata Mangeshkar's Personal Quotes:
➯ "It was not really the external influences that made me a singer. Music was within me. I was full of it"
➯ "People should be blessed in life with friends who are both "Mirrors & Shadows"! Mirrors don't lie & shadows never leave"
➯ "When I speak, my Urdu isn't very good but when I sing I make sure there are no flaws in my diction"
➯ "I first listen to someone who speaks the language and who reads the lyrics to me. I pay great attention to pronunciation. Once I hear the words spoken, I write the song lines phonetically in Hindi and then sing. By the grace of god, my songs in other languages-including Bengali-have been appreciated. People say they are good and the words have been correctly pronounced".
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