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Read all about legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar’s life, achievements, awards won and career life

Lata Mangeshkar, recipient of the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Dadasaheb Phalke Awards, was an icon of Indian cinema, doing playback for a lengthy list of Hindi films, including Marathi and Bengali films. Ms. Mangeshkar, who came from a distinguished musical family, also created music and produced a few films. She was commonly referred to as the “Nightingale of India.”

Lata Mangeshkar, born in 1929, was the oldest of five siblings, including singer Asha Bhonsle, who visited Mangeshkar in the hospital after she was admitted to the intensive care unit. Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar, a classical musician, gave Lata Mangeshkar her first music class when she was a child. When her father died in 1942, Lata Mangeshkar, just 13, started her career in music, mixing singing with acting roles in Marathi films. Ms. Mangeshkar scored her first hit in 1945 with the song Aayega Aanewala from the film Mahal, which starred Madhubala. From there, Lata Mangeshkar’s voice and profession skyrocketed to new heights.


She sang Naushad’s raga-based compositions in films such as Baiju Bawra, Mother India, and Mughal-E-Azam, as well as Shankar-melodic Jaikishan’s hits in Barsaat and Shree 420; Salil Chowdhury’s tuneful tracks in Madhumati won her a Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer; and three more Filmfare Awards for Bees Saal Ba.

Lata Mangeshkar received three National Awards for Best Female Playback Singer for her work in the films Parichay, Kora Kagaz, and Lekin. Pakeezah, Abhimaan, Amar Prem, Aandhi, Silsila, Chandni, Sagar, Rudali, and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge are among her other notable films.


Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo, a patriotic composition by Lata Mangeshkar, was played on Republic Day in 1963 at the National Stadium in New Delhi to commemorate Indian troops who perished in the 1962 conflict with China. In the sight of President S Radhakrishnan and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Lata Mangeshkar performed it live.

Lata Mangeshkar created music for a number of Marathi films, including Sadhi Manase, for which she received the Maharashtra State Government’s award for Best Music Director in 1965. She also directed and co-wrote a few films, including 1990’s Lekin, for which she also performed.