Lata Mangeshkar

Lata Mangeshkar

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Lata Mangeshkar

The name Lata Mangeshkar conjures up images of Indian classical music. But she was much more than just a musician. She was one of India’s most recognizable faces during the 20th century. In fact, her voice became synonymous with Bollywood itself.

Born into a family of musicians, Mangeshkar began performing professionally while still a teenager. Her father had set up a radio station in Mumbai, and he used it to play live performances of Hindustani Classical Music. He even hired his daughter as a vocalist.

Mangeshkar soon became a household name thanks to her distinctive singing style. Her trademark high notes and husky timbre earned her the nickname “the Nightingale of Bombay.”

In 1949, she married playback singer Mohammad Rafi. They remained together until his death in 1985.

She continued to perform throughout her life, recording several albums and touring internationally. She won numerous awards, including five Filmfare Awards, three National Film Awards, and six Padma Shri medals.

Early life

Lata Mangeshkar was born in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India, on 28 September 1929. She studied music at the Hindustani Sangeet College in Bombay, where she met her husband, composer Ravi Shankar. They married in 1950; he died in 1982. They had three children together: daughter Anoushka and sons Arun and Abhinav. In 1990, she gave birth to twin daughters, Aishwarya and Nandita.

Mangeshkar began singing professionally at age eight under the tutelage of her father, Deenanāth Mangeshkar, and learned Hindi classical singing from him.

She received training in Carnatic music from her guru Gopalakrishna Bharathi. After completing school, she moved to Bombay, where she sang in several films and became known as the “Queen Of Indian Music”. She performed in many concerts, including those given by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.

In 1956, Mangeshkar joined the All India Radio Orchestra. There, she met her future husband, sitaristRavi Shankar, whom she married in 1950. He composed music for some of her early songs, such as “Ae dil ke jharokhon me”, “Chanda re chandan me”, and “Jai ho na kaho”.

Her career took off in 1960 when she sang the song “Gauri gaanewale” in the film Mere Apne. This song was written by her father, and it won her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer.

She went on to sing numerous hit songs, including “Tumse milenge yaad rahe hain” from the movie Kora Kagaz (1960). Her renditions of “Hum tumhi se humne apni baat nahi hotey” and “Kaun kisi ki dukhan pe rakh le” from the movie Hum Paanch (1968) are still popular today.

The couple divorced in 1969.

Singing career

Mangeshkar began singing as a child under the tutelage of her father, Pt. Vinayak Damodar Karnataki, who taught her how to sing classical music. Her mother Shrimati Ramabai Ambalewali was a trained Kathak dancer. As she grew up, her voice developed into a soprano. At age 12, Mangeshkar attended the Music Academy in Pune where she studied Hindustani vocal music and Western Classical vocal music. She graduated from the academy in 1943.

In 1942, when Mangeshkars was 13, her father passed away due to a heart attack. After his death, her uncle, Master Vinayak, became like a second father to her. He introduced her to the world of cinema and encouraged her to become an actor. Master Vinayak was very fond of her and used to call her ‘Kamala’ (meaning little flower). He taught her how to speak English and Hindi and even sent her to England to learn acting techniques.

She sang the song “Naache Yaa Gade, Kelel Se Aare Manni Hai Bhawane” for Vasant Jogleker’s movie Kitihas Sangharsh (1941). This song was later included in the film. However, it was dropped from the final version of the film.

After completing her education, she joined the Navyug Chitrapath studio as an assistant director. Her debut film was Devdas (1945). She acted in over 150 films during her career.

Mangeshkar married Anand Kumar in 1948 and had three children—Rajendra, Rajni and Ravi. They divorced in 1960.

She married Shivram Mane in 1961; they remained together till his death in 1983.

She has been awarded many awards including Padma Shri, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award by Indian Television Academy.


– Mangeshkar was born in Mumbai into a family of singers and musicians.

– She began singing at age 3 and had her first professional stage performance at age 7.

– She studied music under Pandit Bhimsen Joshi and later under his brother, Pandit Raghunath Joshi.

– At age 14 she became the youngest student ever to pass the entrance exam for the Bombay Music College.

– She entered college while still a child prodigy, studying piano, violin, and vocal music.

– She graduated from the college in 1949.

– During the 1940s, she performed regularly at venues such as Kala Ghoda, Prithvi Theatre, and the Prince of Wales theatre.

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