Indian Singer Lata Mangeshkar Biography

General Knowledge »

Indian Singer Lata Mangeshkar Biography

Lata Mangeshkar is a singer from India with a career that has spanned more than six decades. She is the only playback singer to have been awarded the Bharat Ratna, the nation`s highest civilian honour. Although she sang mainly for Hindi language and Marathi language films, Lata Mangeshkar`s popularity and influence transcends barriers of region and language. She has sung 35 major Indian languages. Lata is also popularly referred to as the `Nightingale of India`.

Early Life of Lata Mangeshkar

Lata was born in Indore, in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on 28th September, 1929 into a middle – class Maharashtrian family. She was the first born child and daughter of Pandit Dinanath Mangeshkar and Shudhmati Mangeshkar. Her father was a theatre actor and classical singer. Her siblings are Hridayanath Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar and Meena Mangeshkar.

All of the siblings, except Meena, chose music as their careers. When Lata was 5 years old, Lata started working as an actress in several plays known as “sangeet nataks” in which her father was performing. Her father also began giving her singing lessons when at that age.

Singing Career of Lata Mangeshkar

Lata Mangeshkar`s first cinematic song was for the film Kiti Hasaal ( 1942 ), produced by Vasant Joglekar. In 1947, Vasant Joglekar employed Lata to sing for his film Aapki Seva Mein. The popular songs composed by musician Datta Daavjekar established Lata as a leading playback singer in Bollywood. She reinforced her position with hits from the movie Majboor – Angrezi chhora chala gaya, Dil mera toda Haaye and, mujhe kahinka na choda tere pyaar ne.

She ruled the Bollywood music industry for over 60 years. She sang for several popular music directors such as S.D. Burman, C. Ramchandra, Hemant Kumar, Salil Chowdhury, Khayyam, Ravi, Sajjad Hussain, Roshan, Kalyanji – Anandji, and A.R. Rahman etc. She composed music for some Marathi movies under the pseudonym of Anand Ghan. She has also produced four films. Though she was selected as a member of the Rajya Sabha in 1999, for her weak health she could not join it regularly.

Awards and Recognitions of Lata Mangeshkar

Lata Mangeshkar has won several awards and honours, including.

  • Padma Bhushan ( 1969 )
  • Padma Vibhushan ( 1999 )
  • Dada Saheb Phalke Award ( 1989 )
  • Maharashtra Bhushan Award ( 1997 )
  • NTR National Award ( 1999 )
  • Bharat Ratna ( 2001 )
  • ANR National Award ( 2009 ), three National Film Awards
  • 12 Bengal Film Journalists` Association Awards
  • She has also won four Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards.
  • In 1974, The Guinness Book of Records listed Lata Mangeshkar as the most recorded artist in the history. However, in 2011 Asha Bhosle was officially acknowledged by Guinness as the most recorded artist in music history, surpassing Mangeshkar.

General Studies Question Bank CD

JEE Main

Application Form Submission 16 Dec 2020 to 16 Jan 2021.