We look at the Lata Mangeshkar biography, the legendary singer. She was born on September 29, 1929. Lata Mangeshkar’s death today has shocked everyone. She was a respected and admired playback singer. She sang songs in more than a thousand Hindi films, and in over thirty-six Indian languages.
Lata was the daughter of Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar, a classical singer and theatre artist, and Shevanti, Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Meena Asha, Usha, and Hridaynath are her siblings and all talented musicians and singers. Deenanath was the founder of a theatre company that produced musical plays. Lata began acting at five years old.
Her music career began
When she was five years old, she began acting and singing in Deenanath Mangeshkar’s musical plays. She began giving music lessons to other children on her first day of school. When the teacher asked her to stop, she was so offended she decided to not go to school. According to other sources, she quit school because she wanted to go to school every day with Asha, her younger sister. The school wouldn’t allow it.
Father’s death and struggle
Lata Mangeshkar, who was just 13 years old, lost her father to heart disease when she was 13. She became the sole breadwinner for the family. In the 1940s, she struggled to become a singer and eventually recorded her first song in Kiti Hasaal (1942). Later, the song was omitted from the movie.
In 1945, she moved to Mumbai and Her first big hit was the song “Aayega Aanewala” from the film Mahal (1949). This made her one of the most sought-after voices in Hindi cinema. Master Vinayak, a close family friend of Mangeshkar’s, offered her a small role in Badi Maa, his first Hindi film.
Her music career
Lata’s father, who was 13 years old at the time, died from heart disease in 1942. Vinayak Damodar Karnataki was the owner and close friend of Lata. He also helped her with her career. Lata sang the song “Nachu Yaa Gande, Khelu Saari Manni Haus Bhaari”, which Sadashivrao Negerkar composed for Vasant Joglekar’s Marathi movie Kiti Hasaal (1942). It was eventually dropped. Vinayak offered her a small part in Navyug Chitrapat’s Marathi movie, ‘Pahili Mangalaaa-gaur (1942),’. Dada Chandekar composed the song ‘Natali Chaitraachi Navyaai’.
Lata sang her first Hindi song, “Mata Ek Sapoot Ki Duniya Badal De Tu” for Gajaabhaau (1943). Lata moved from Mumbai to Vinayak’s new headquarters in 1945. She began taking music lessons from Ustad Aman Ali Khan, Bhindibazaar Gharana.
She sang the song ‘Paa Lagoon Kar Jori’ for Vasant Joglekar’s Hindi-language film, ‘Aap Ki Seva Mein’ in 1946. Asha, her sister, played minor roles in Vinayak’s Hindi-language film ‘Badi Maa’ in 1945.
In that movie, she also sang the bhajan “Maata Tere Charnon Mein”. She met Vasant Desai in 1946 while recording Vinayak’s Hindi-language second movie, ‘Subhadra.
Gulam Haider, the music director, mentored Lata in 1948 after Vinayak’s passing. He invited her to meet Sashadhar Mukherjee, a producer. Mukerjee rejected Lata’s voice because it was “too thin”, however. Haider responded that in the coming years, producers and directors would “fall at Lata’s feet” and “beg” her to sing in their films.
Later, Haider gave Lata her debut break with the song “Dil Mera Toda Mujhe Kahin Ka Na Chhora” for the 1948 film “Majboor”. It was a huge hit. Lata declared that Ghulam Haider was truly her Godfather in September 2013. He was the first music manager to have complete faith in me.” “Aayega Aanewaala” was her first hit from the 1949 film ‘Mahal.
Last song of Lata Mangeshkar
Lata recorded her final song in 2019 after she had been offered a song that was based on PM Narendra Modi’s slogan “Saugandh Moji is Mitti Ki.” In the music video, Lata can be heard saying, “I was listening to PM Modi’s speech a few weeks ago. It contained lines that I felt represented the emotions of all Indians. They touched me as well. They touched me too. Today, I offer it to Indian soldiers and all Indians as a tribute. “Jai Hind”
Lata Mangeshkar’s Award
Lata Mangeshkar (also known as Nightingale in India) was awarded the National Film Awards and BFJA Awards. She also won Filmfare Special Awards, Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award, Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Song, Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Artist, Filmfare Special Awards, Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award, and Filmfare Special Awards.
She was also awarded Padma Bhushan (1969), Dadasaheb Phalke (1989), Maharashtra Bhushan (1999), Padma Vibhushan (2001), Legion of Honour (2006). From November 22, 1999, to November 21, 2005, she was a Rajya Sabha member.
Lata Mangeshkar’s songs are a favorite of many, not only those who grew up in the 1980s or 1990s but also the young.