When the nation hears the word music, one name that appears in everyone’s minds is Lata Mangeshkar-Nightingale of Indian Cinema. Her voice is heavenly and her expressions up to the mark. When we talk about the Living legends in the Film Fraternity the first name that pops into everyone’s mind is Lata Mangeshkar.
“Naam goom Jayega, chehra yeah badal jayega,
Meri awaaz hi pehchaan hai,
Agar yaad rahe..”
These lines were penned by legendary writer Gulzar and sung by Lataji fit aptly for her. The faces might change but the voice behind those faces will never be forgotten. Her voice is her identity, the one that is going to inspire generations of musicians.
She was just 13 when she had recorded her first song. After that, there was no looking back, and now she completes 60 years in the Music industry with over 25,000 songs and 5000 albums. Her father Deenanath Mangeshkar was also a musician and so are her siblings- Asha Bhosle,Usha Mangeshkar, Hridayanath Mangeshkar and Meena Khadikar.
She had started singing in Hindi films in 1945, and by 1950 she had become a household name in music industry. In 1958, she won her first Filmfare Award.
In 1962, the legendary singer had a close encounter with death as she was poisoned by her cook. She was bedridden for couple of months. At that time, the famous composer Majrooh Sultanpuri use to visit her and taste her food before allowing her to eat.
In 1963, against the backdrop of Sino-India war, she sang “Ae mere Watan ke Logo” in the presence of JawaharLal Nehru. The song is said to have brought tears in Prime Minister’s eyes. In 1974, she became the first Indian to perform in an overseas concert that took place in Royal Albert Hall, London.
In 1999, she was nominated as the member of Rajya Sabha. In 2001, she was conferred with India’s highest civilian honor- Bharat Ratna. She had sung multiple songs in Yash Chopra’s films and used to have atleast one song in every film that was directed or produced by him.
She is still touted be one of the best singers in Indian film fraternity. She still rules the roost and we hope that she continues to do so for atleast another 100 years.
Lakhon musicians aye aur Gaye inke jaisa na koi tha aur na ho payega.