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Lata Mangeshkar was born at Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India on September 28, 1929. She is daughter of Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar ji, who was also a classical singer and theatre actor. She is one of the best known and most respected playback singers of India. She also received Bharat Ratna, Indias highest civilian honour. Lata Mangeshkar ji was featured in the Guinness Book of World Records from 1974 to 1991 for having made the most recordings in the world.Mangeshkar was featured in theGuinness Book of World Records from 1974 to 1991 for having made the most recordings in the world. The claim was that she had recorded approximately 25,000 solo, duet, and chorus-backed songs in 20 Indian languages between 1948 to 1974. Over the years, while several sources have supported this claim, others have raised concerns over its veracity, claiming that this number was highly exaggerated and that Mangeshkars younger sister, Asha Bhosle, had more song recordings than she had.  In 2011 Guinness officially acknowledged Bhosle as the most recorded artist in music history.Lata Mangeshkar was born in Sikh Mohalla,Indore, in the  Central India Agency (now part of M.p.). Her father, Pandit  Deenanath Mangeshka who belonged to a Gomantak Maratha Samaj
family from Goa, was a classical singer and theater actor. Her mother Shevanti (Shudhamati) who was from  Thalner, Maharashtra, was Deenanaths second wife. The familys last name used to be Hardikar; Deenanath changed it to Mangeshkar in order to identify his family with his native town,  Mangeshi in Goa. Lata was named Hema at her birth. Her parents later renamed her Lata after a fecharacter,Latika, in one of her fathers plays, BhaawBandhan.Lata is the eldest child of her parents.  Meena, Asha, Usha and   Hridayanath are her siblings in sequence.Mangeshkar took her first lessons from her father. At the age of five, she started to work as an actress in her fathers musical plays(Sangeet Natak in Marathi). On the first day in the school, she started teaching songs to other children. When the stopped her, she was so angry that she stopped going to the school.Other sources cite that she left school because they would not allow her to bring Asha with her, as she would often bring her younger sister with her.

Lata Mangeshkar was very young when her father passed away, thus making the family dependant on Lata. To take care of her familys economic situation, Lata acted in as many as 8 films from 1942 to 1948. She debuted as playback singer in a Marathi film named Kiti Hasaal (1942). Unfortunately the song was edited out. Her first Hindi playback was for the film Aap ke Sewa Main (1947) but she did not get noticed. At that time, the film industry was ruled by female singers who had heavier and huskier voices like Noor Jehan, Shamshad Begum and Zohrabai Ambalewali. While auditioning for the movie Shaheed (1948), she was rejected on the account of her thin voice! But Ghulam Haider saw the potential in her and gave her a chance to sing in the film Majboor. The song Dil Mera Toda finally got her noticed and it was touted as her breakthrough song. In 1949, she had four major hits from the films Barsaat, Andaaz, Dulari and Mahal. The song Aayega Aanewala from Mahal was a huge hit and Lata secured a firm position in the industry. The husky voices of all other singers became obsolete in front of the high pitched voice of Lata Mangeshkar. The music industry had a huge makeover with the arrival of Lata Mangeshkar. By the late 50s, the younger sister of Lata Mangeshkar known as Asha Bhonsle also came into the scene and they both were touted as the unbeatable voices of the industry.

Lata rose to fame rapidly and made her indelible mark in the industry. She has sung with famous singers like Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Mukesh, etc. She has perfected almost every genre of music. Her success and determination made her one of the most powerful women in the industry. She refused to sing for the great composer S.D Burman due to some misunderstanding and also stopped singing with Mohammed Rafi. Her power was so immense that they had to come back to her. She actually monopolized the music industry and every music director wanted to work with her. She understood the requirement of each song and sang flawlessly. Lata Mangeshkar has been honored with innumerable awards but the one that truly deserves a special mention is that she is the only second singer in the non classical category (after M.S Subbulakshmi) in India to have received the highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna. She has received three national awards and eight Filmfare awards after which she stopped accepting awards in order to promote new talent. She continues to sing every now and then for Hindi movies and perform live. Truly a living legend, Lata Mangeshkar has a talent that is second to none.

Lata Mangeshkar - Some Famous Film Songs

 Jab pyar kiya  to darna kya  Mughal-e-Azam  Naushad
 Yeh zindagi  ussi ki hai  Anarkali  C Ramchandra
 Ayega  aanewala  Mahal  Khemchand  Prakash
 Seene mein  sulagte hai  armaan  Taraana  Anil Biswas
 Pyar hua iqrar  hua hai  Shri 420  Shanker  Jaikishen
 Aaj phir jeene  ki tamanna  hai  Guide  S D Burman
 Man dole  mera tan dole  Nagin  Hemant  Kumar
 Aajare pardesi  Madhumati  Salil  Chowdhary
 Naina barse  rimjhim  Woh Kaun Thi  Madan  Mohan
 Gairon pe  karam  Aankhen  Ravi
 Jo vaada kiya  Taj Mahal  Roshan
 Aye maalik  tere bande  Do Aankhen Barah  Haath  Vasant Desai
 Mausam hai  aashiqana  Pakeezah  Ghulam  Mohammed
 Main toh  bhool chali  babul  Saraswatichandra  Kalyanji  Anandji
 Bindiya  chamkegi  Do Raaste  Laxmikant  Pyarelal
 Raina beeti  jaaye  Amar Prem  R D Burman
 Bhool gaya  sab kuch  Julie  Rajesh  Roshan
 Tujhe dekha  toh  Dilwale Dulhaniya  Le Jayenge  Jatin Lalit
 Jiya jale jaan  jale  Dil Se  A R Rahman

Music direction

Lata Mangeshkar composed music for the first time in 1955 for Marathi movie Ram Ram Pavhane.

Later in 1960s, she composed music for following  marathi movies under the pseudonym of Anand Ghan.

  • 1960 - Ram Ram Pavhana
  • 1963 - Maratha Tituka Melvava
  • 1963 - Mohityanchi Manjula
  • 1965 - Sadhi Manase
  • 1969 - Tambadi Mati

She won Maharashtra State Governments Best Music Director Award for the film Sadhi Manase. The song Airanichya Deva Tula from the same film received best song award.


Lata Mangeshkar has produced four films:

  • 1953 - Vaadal (Marathi)
  • 1953 - Jhaanjhar (Hindi), co produced with C. Ramchandra
  • 1955 - Kanchan (Hindi)
  • 1990 - Lekin... (Hindi)

Awards and Honors

  • 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
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