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Lata Mangeshkar turns 89, still going stronger

Culture Desk

29 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Lata Mangeshkar turns 89, still going stronger

The living legend of the world music, Lata Mangeshkar, stepped into 90th year on Friday. Taking to social media, many fans and followers wished the singer on her birthday.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted out their wishes for the playback singer, who has sung songs in over thirty-six regional Indian and foreign languages. From old pictures to her popular songs, here are some of the many tweets trending on social media.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday wished Lata Mangeshkar on her birthday, praying for her long life and good health.

Calling Mangeshkar as "Lata Didi", the Prime Minister also expressed his best wishes on her birthday. "Respected Lata Didi, best wishes to you on your birthday. Your exceptional work, spanning decades has endeared you to crores of Indians. You have always been passionate about our country's development. May you lead a long life filled with good health," Modi tweeted.

Lata Mangeshkar is an Indian playback singer, and occasional music-composer. She is one of the best-known and most respected playback singers in India.

Her career started in 1942 and has spanned over seven decades. She has recorded songs for over a thousand Hindi films and has sung songs in over thirty-six regional Indian languages and foreign languages, though primarily in Marathi and Hindi.

She is the elder sister of singers Asha Bhosle, Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar and Meena Mangeshkar.

India's highest award in cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, was bestowed on her in 1989 by the Government of India.

She is the second vocalist, after M. S. Subbulakshmi, to have ever been awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour.

Lata Mangeshkar was born in a Marathi-speaking Gomantak Maratha family in Madhya Pradesh on 28 September 1929.

Her father, Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar was a classical singer and theater actor. Her mother Shevanti (Shudhamati) was from Thalner, Maharashtra.

The family's 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 female character, Latika, in one of her father's plays, BhaawBandhan.

Lata is the eldest child of her parents. Meena, Asha, Usha and Hridaynath 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 father's musical plays in Marathi.

On the first day in the school, she started teaching songs to other children. When the teacher stopped her, she was so angry that she stopped going to the school.

From the 1940s to the 1970s, Mangeshkar sang duets with Asha Bhonsle, Suraiya, Usha Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Mukesh, Manna Dey, and Mahendra Kapoor.

In 1964, she sang Chanda Re Hoga with P.B. Sreenivas from Main Bhi Ladki Hoon.

Mangeshkar's last duets with Kishore Kumar were during the 1980s; she continued to sing with Shabbir Kumar, Shailendra Singh, Nitin Mukesh (Mukesh's son), Manhar Udhas, Amit Kumar (Kishore Kumar's son), Mohammed Aziz, Vinod Rathod, and S.P. Balasubrahmanyam.

In the 1990s, Mangeshkar began singing duets with Pankaj Udhas, Mohammed Aziz, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Udit Narayan, Kumar Sanu, and Suresh Wadkar.

Her most notable work of the 90s was Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge with songs such as Mere Khwabon Mein Jo Aaye, Ho Gaya Hai Tujhko To Pyaar Sajna, Tujhe Dekha To Yeh Janam Sanam, and Mehdni Laga Ke Rakhna.

In the 2000s, Mangeshkar's duets were mainly with Udit Narayan and Sonu Nigam. 2005 was the year of her last well-known songs: Kaise Piya Se from Bewafa and Shayad Yehi To Pyaar Hai from Lucky: No Time For Love, with Adnan Sami.

She sang Ek Tu Hi Bharosa from Pukar. Other notable songs of this decade were from Veer-Zaara, sung with Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Jagjit Singh, Roop Kumar Rathod, and Gurdas Mann. One of her latest songs was Jeena Hai Kya from Dunno Y2 (2014).

Lata Mangeshkar has won several awards and honours, including Bharat Ratna (India's Highest Civilian Award), Padma Bhushan (1969), Padma Vibhushan (1999), Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1989), Maharashtra Bhushan Award (1997), NTR National Award (1999), Bharat Ratna (2001), ANR National Award (2009), three National Film Awards, and 12 Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards.

She has also won four Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards. In 1969, she made the unusual gesture of giving up the Filmfare Best Female Playback Award, in order to promote fresh talent.

She was later awarded Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993.

In 1984, the State Government of Madhya Pradesh instituted the Lata Mangeshkar Award in honour of Lata Mangeshkar. The State Government of Maharashtra also instituted a Lata Mangeshkar Award in 1992.