Lata Mangeshkar is one of the most celebrated singers of all time in India. Her career spans over six decades and she has sung in more than thirty-six different languages, including Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, Gujarati, Bengali, Assamese, and Urdu. During her eventful career, Lata sang more than 20,000 songs. Legendary vocalist Lata Mangeshkar's life came to an end at 92 years on February 6, 2022. This article will take you through a glimpse of her eventful life and career.
Lata Mangeshkar was born at Indore in Madhya Pradesh under India on September 28, 1929. She was the eldest of the five children of Deenanath Mangeshkar, a renowned Marathi and Konkani singer, and his wife, Shevanti. From an early age, Lata showed a great interest in music and began learning to sing from her father. She started singing at the age of five and made her first public appearance at the age of nine. Her journey as a professional singer started at the age of 13.
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Lata Mangeshkar started her career in 1942, singing Marathi songs. In 1947, she sang for the first Hindi movie. She sang the song 'Pa Lagu Kar Jori' in Basant Joglekar's 'Aap Ki Sewa Mein'. Two years later, composer Ghulam Haider gave him his first big chance. After that, she continued singing. Known as the 'Nightingale of India', Lata Mangeshkar has sung nearly 30,000 songs in 36 Indian languages in her more than half-century-long career.
When Lata was only 13 years old (1942), Deennath Mangeshkar died of a heart attack. As a result, the responsibility of the entire family fell on 13-year-old Lata.
Master Vinayak, the owner of Navajug Chitrapat Film Company, a friend of the family, came and stood beside the Mangeshkar family. As a child, Lata occasionally sang in movies. But Binayak advised her to take singing and acting as a career. However, her song 'Khelu Sari Money House Vari' sung in a Marathi film was dropped from the final cut of the film. Yet Lata did not give up.
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Master Vinayak assigned a small character for Lata Mangeshkar in his film ‘Pahili Mangala-Gaur’. In this film, she sang the song 'Natali Chaitrachi Navalai' composed by Dada Chandekar. However, There was still a constant battle with her life. She has never been able to find a film career interesting. She focused on playback singing.
After Binayak's death, music director Ghulam Haider became Lata's guru. On his 84th birthday, she said, Ghulam Haider was the "godfather" of her life. Ghulam Haider took the opportunity to give a chance to Lata, she sang 'Dil Mera Tora, Mujhe Kahi Ka Na Chhora' in the movie 'Majboor' (1948). This one song forced the Bollywood industry to think about this new singer. The first big hit of her life was the song 'Aayega Aanewala' from the movie 'Mahal' (1949). Actress Madhubala synced her lips in this song.
That was just the beginning. Then hundreds of songs took the hearts of millions of people. She got appreciation from people from all sectors and achieved innumerable awards and titles. In the fifties, she sang with all the renowned music directors. In the sixties, she produced all-time famous songs like 'Peer Kiya To Darna Kya' or 'Ajib Dastan Hai Yeh' and more.
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