Lata Mangeshkar is the pride of Indian music industry. Blessed with beautiful voice, she is the most well known Indian vocalist. Highly versatile, she has sung in more than 20 languages. To honor and give recognition to her works, Lata Mangeshkar is also known as the Nightingale of India. Well, in this article, we will present you with the biography of Lata Mangeshkar.
Lata was born on September 28, 1929 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh as the
daughter of Dinanath Mangeshkar, who was a classical singer as well as a
theater artist. She was the first child of the Mangeshkar family. She
was born in Indore, but brought up in Maharashtra. When she was five
years old, she began working as a theater artist in sangeet nataks. She
also started taking singing lessons from her father.
sang her maiden cinematic song for the Marathi film Kiti Hasaal (1942).
Her father did not like the idea of her daughter singing for the films.
So, her song was deleted from the movie. In the year 1942, she lost her
father. Due to sudden demise of her father and unsound financial
condition of the house, she decided to play small roles in various Hindi
and Marathi films. She had to take up the acting assignments, despite
the fact that, she was not at all fond of acting. To know the complete
life history of Lata Mangeshkar, read on.
In the year 1945, she happened to meet the film producer S. Mukherji
through Ghulam Haider. Haider personally wanted her to be given an
opportunity to show her singing talent. However, S. Mukherji did not
like her voice and said no for giving her a chance to sing for his film.
At that point of time, Haider promised himself to establish her singing
career in Bollywood. He even said to the producer that, one day will
come when all the producers and directors will fall on her feet and beg
her to sing in their films.
Lata got her biggest break, when she was given the chance to sing the
song "Aayega Aanewaala" for the movie Mahal. The song was a
super duper hit. The period of 1950s witnessed tremendous growth in her
career. She rose to the top in the list of Bollywood singers. She worked
with all the famous composers of that era like Shankar Jaikishan, S D
Burman, Naushad, Hemant Kumar, and Salil Chowdhury. Shankar Jaikishan
was absolutely stunned by her voice and used her voice for playback
singing in almost all the movies that he got.
The period of 1960s made her the queen of Bollywood playback singing.
She sang for almost all the prominent composers of the industry and set
her foothold in Bollywood. Her songs got an overwhelming response from
people all over the country. During the 1970s, Lata recorded songs for
Bollywood actress Meena Kumari in the film Pakeezah, which brought her
recognition and popularity. She performed tracks for S.D. Burman's films
like Prem Pujari, Sharmilee, and Abhimaan.
In late 1970s and early 1980s, Lata Mangeshkar worked with the children of the music composers, with whom she had worked in the past. In the year 1990, Lata established her
own production house. Their first and last film "Lekin" was a
total flop. Mangeshkar has also sung some non film songs including
ghazals with Jagjit Singh. Lata Mangeshkar has also sung for Yash
Chopra`s films including Lamhe, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Darr, Yeh
Dillagi, and Dil To Pagal Hai. She sang quite a number of Bengali songs
with renowned music directors like Salil Chowdhury and Hemant Kumar.
Lata Mangeshkar has composed music and also produced movies under the
name of 'Anand Ghan'.
She is very fond of cooking nice dishes.
She always sings barefoot.
Filmfare Awards (1958, 1962, 1965, 1969, 1993 and 1994)
National Awards (1972, 1975 and 1990)
Maharashtra State Award (1966 and 1967)
1969 - Padma Bhushan
1974 - Recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records for having sung
the maximum number of songs in the world
1989 - Dada Saheb Phalke Award
1993 - Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
1996 - Star Screen Lifetime Achievement Award
1997 - Rajiv Gandhi Award
1999 - NTR Award
1999 - Padma Vibhushan
1999 - Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement
2000 - Lifetime Achievement Award by IIFA in London
2001 - Best Playback Singer of the Millennium (female) by Hero Honda
and magazine "Stardust"
2001 - Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award
2001 - Noorjehan Award
2001 - Maharashtra Ratna