Lata Mangeshkar is one of the best singers of the Hindi film industry. She is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most recorded artist in the world. It is estimated that she has more than 30,000 solo, duet and chorus backed songs in 20 different languages from 1948 to 1987. Now, it must way over 40,000! Lata Mangeshkar was born on 28th September, 1929 in a place called Indore. Her father Dinanath Mangeshkar was a renowned classical singer himself. Lata was introduced to music at a very young age. The life history of Lata Mangeshkar is truly fascinating. Read this short biography of Lata Mungeshkar.
Lata Mangeshkar was very young when her father passed away, thus making
the family dependant on Lata. To take care of her family's 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 50's, 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
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
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.