Lata Mangeshkar, Bollywood’s Most Beloved Voice

Lata Mangeshkar

Introduction of Lata Mangeshkar

Lata Mangeshkar was an Indian playback singer. She was the singing legend of India. Lata Mangeshkar won titles such as Nightingale of India, Queen of melody, and Voice of the Millennium. She is widely considered one of the country’s most talented and influential singers. She has made significant contributions to Indian music cinema throughout her seven-decade career. Lata Mangeshkar’s songs are recorded in approximately thirty-six Indian languages as well as a few international languages, though she sings in a variety of languages. Still, her Hindi, Bengali, and Marathi are her most popular. Throughout her career, Lata Mangeshkar’s songs received numerous awards and honors.

Early Life:

Lata Mangeshkar was born in Indore(Madhya Pradesh) in 1929, Maharashtra, to a Maharashtrian Brahmin family. She was the eldest child of Marathi and Konkani singer Deenanath Mangeshkar and his wife, Shanti. To connect his family with his hometown of Mangeshi, Goa, Deenanath took the surname Mangeshkar. Lata was given the name Hema at the time of her birth. Her parents changed her name to Lata after a female character in one of her father’s plays, Latika. She was the eldest child in the family. Meena, Asha, Usha, and Hridaynath, in birth order, are her siblings; all are famous singers and musicians. Lata Mangeshkar began performing in her father’s musical performances when she was five years old.

Singing Career 

In 1942, when Mangeshkar was 13, her father passed away due to heart disease. They were looked after by Master Vinayak (Vinayak Damodar Karnataki), the owner of the Navyug Chitrapat company and a best friend of the Mangeshkar family. He assisted her in launching her career as a singer and actress.” Mata Ek Sapoot Ki Duniya Badal De Tu” for the Marathi film Gajaabhaau was her first Hindi song (1943). Because the Bollywood industry was still finding its feet, Mangeshkar was forced to focus on acting, which she despised because the lights and people ordering her around made her feel uncomfortable. When Master Vinayak’s company relocated its headquarters to Mumbai in 1945, she moved there as well. Ustad Aman Ali Khan of the Bhendi Bazaar Gharana began teaching her Hindustani classical music. 

In Vinayak’s debut, Hindi-language film Badi Maa, Lata and her sister Asha had played minor roles. Lata also sang a bhajan in that film, “Mata Tere Charnon Mein.” After the death of Vinayak Damodar in 1948, music director Gulam Haider started to mentor her as a singer. He recommended her to producer Sashadhar Mukherjee, who was working on the film Shaheed (1948) at the time, but Mukherjee rejected her voice as “too thin.” 

Annoyed Gulam Haider said, producers and directors would “fall at Lata’s feet” and “ask her” to sing in their movies in the coming years. Haider gave her her big break with the song. In the movie Majboor (1948), she sang “Dil Mera Toda, Mujhe Kahin Ka Na Chora,” which became her first big breakout film triumph (lyrics by Nazim Panipati).” The first music director and Godfather, Ghulam Haider, had entire faith in Lata’s ability. 

Lata works with Great Directors

Madan Mohan, R D Burman, the Laxmikant-Pyarelal duet, and A R Rahman were among the great music directors with whom Lata Mangeshkar hit songs got popular. For 1960s films like Aap Ki Nazron Ne Samjha from Anpadh, Lag Jaa Gale, and Naina Barse Rim Jhim from Woh Kaun Thi? she paired up with Madan Mohan. she had sung nearly 700 songs for Laxmikant-Pyarelal, including Naseeb’s Mere Naseeb Mein and Asha’s Sheesha Ho Ya Dil Ho.

Lata Mangeshkar hit songs for several other Bollywood leading ladies during her nearly eight-decade career. She appeared in over 5,000 Hindi and 36 regional films, singing over 5,000 songs. Lata Mangeshkar’s hit songs greatly influenced the Indian music film industry. Lata has been pushing the boundaries of music with her mind-boggling abilities since 1942. She has sung for a variety of actresses over the years, including Madhubala and Priyanka Chopra. The world knows her for her various voice qualities, and she released a broad range of recordings (ghazals, pop, etc.)

Achievement of lata Mangeshkar’s

During her eight-decade career, Lata Mangeshkar’s hit songs received numerous prizes and honors. She was the first Indian to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in 1974. She has received numerous awards, including three National Film Awards, 15 Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards, four Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards. Lata has also received two Filmfare Special Awards, and the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1989, Lata Mangeshkar received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. She was given the Bharat Ratna, India’s biggest civilian honor, in 2001. In 2007, the French government bestowed the Biggest civilian honor on her (Officer of the Legion of Honor). 

Lata held Guinness World Record

Lata Mangeshkar’s hit songs held the Guinness World Record for being the most recorded performer in the history of Indian music in 1974. The Indian government appreciated her with the Daughter of the Nation honor on her 90th birthday in September 2019.

“Lata Mangeshkar: From the 1940s to the present, “A Musical Journey” covers the tale of her life in music, including her trials, victories, and reign as the Queen of Hindi music.

Illness and death 

Lata Mangeshkar was there for some time in Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital’s intensive care unit on January 8, 2022, after testing positive for COVID-19 with minimal symptoms. She stayed in the ICU despite symptoms of “limited improvement.” Her physicians had removed her off the ventilator on 28 January after her health had “marginally improved”; nevertheless, she was back on the ventilator on 5 February after her health had deteriorated and she was having “intensive therapy.”

Lata Mangeshkar died on February 6, 2022, at the age of 92, from multiple organ dysfunction syndromes disease. She had been on regular therapy for pneumonia and COVID-19 for 28 days.

After Lata Mangeshkar’s death, her nephew, Aadinath Mangeshkar performed her death rituals and cremation at Mumbai’s Shivaji Park, with full state honors. PM. Narendra Damodardas Modi, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray also offered floral tributes and paid their respects. Devendra Fadnavis, Raj Thackeray, Sharad Pawar, Shah Rukh Khan, Shraddha Kapoor, Sachin Tendulkar, and other dignitaries and family members were among those in attendance. 

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