Milestones in the life of melody queen Lata Mangeshkar (To go with ‘Nightingale’ Lata remains unchallenged at 80)

September 27th, 2008 - 11:19 am ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Sep 27 (IANS) Here is a fact file on Lata Mangeshkar, who turns 80 Sunday.- Name: Lata Mangeshkar
- Birth Name: Hema (late renamed Lata after a female character Latika in one of her father’s plays “Bhaaw Bandhan”)
- Nick Name: Lata di, Lata tai
- Born: Sep 28, 1929
- Zodiac Sign: Libra
- Birth Place: Sikh Mohalla, Indore


- Father: Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar (classical singer and theatre actor)
- Mother: Shudhhamati (second wife of Deenanath Mangeshkar)
- Brother: Hridayanath Mangeshkar (singer)
- Sisters: Asha Bhonsle, Usha Mangeshkar and Meena Mangeshkar
- Original surname: Hardikar (Deenanath changed it to Mangeshkar in order to identify his family with his native town, Mangeshi in Goa)


- Limited to only one day in school. Started teaching songs to other children on first day in school, becomes angry when stopped by the teacher - stops going to school.
-First Music teacher - Her father
-Lessons in Hindustani classical music from Ustad Amanat Ali Khan Bhendibazaarwale
-Classical music under Amanat Khan Devaswale
-Pandit Tulsidas Sharma, a pupil of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan also trained her in music
-Also took lessons in Hindustani from a maulavi, Shafi after actor Dilip Kumar made a mildly disapproving remark about her Maharashtrian accent while singing Hindi/Hindustani songs

Favourite singer and Idol: K.L. Saigal

Star of playback singing career

-1942, First song: “Naachu Yaa Gade, Khelu Saari Mani Haus Bhaari” for Marathi film “Kiti Hasaal” at the age of 13 (song was dropped from the final cut)
-1942, Second song: “Natali Chaitraachi Navalaai” for Marathi film “Pahili Mangalaa-gaur”
-1943, First Hindi song: “Mata Ek Sapoot Ki Duniya Badal De Tu” for Marathi film “Gajaabhaau”
-1945 - moved to Mumbai, sang “Maata Tere Charnon Mein” in “Badi Maa”
-1946 - sang “Paa Lagoon Kar Jori” for “Aap Ki Seva Mein”
-1948 - First major break with “Dil Mera Toda” in “Majboor”
-1949 - Turning point in career with “Aayega Aanewaala” for “Mahal”

Landmark Songs

-1958 -”Aaja Re Pardesi” from “Madhumati”
-1960 - “Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya” from “Mughal-E-Azam”
-1960 - “Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh” from “Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai”
-1962 - “Kahin Deep Jale Kahin Dil” from “Bees Saal Baad”
-1962 - “Aap Ki Nazron Ne Samjha” from “Anpadh”
-1963 - “Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon” after the India-China war
-1964 - “Lag Ja Gale” and “Naina Barse Rim Jhim” from “Woh Kaun Thi?”
-1965 - “Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai” and “Piya Tose” from “Guide”
-1966 - “Tu Jahan Jahan Chalega” from “Mera Saaya”
-1970 - “Rangeela Re” from “Prem Pujari”
-1971 - “Khilte Hain Gul Yahaan” from “Sharmeelee”
-1972 - “Chalte Chalte” and “Inhi Logon Ne” from “Pakeezah”
-1973 - “Piya Bina” from “Abhimaan”
-1973 - “Beeti Na Bitai” from “Parichay”
-1975 - “Roothe Roothe Piya” from “Kora Kagaz”
-1990 - “Yaara Sili Sili” from “Lekin”
-1998 - “Jiya Jale” from “Dil Se”
-2001 - “Khamoshiyan Gungunane Lagin” from “One Two Ka Four”
-2001 - “O Paalanhaare” from “Lagaan”

National Honours

-1969 - Padma Bhushan
-1972 - National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for “Parichay”
-1975 - National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for “Kora Kagaz”
-1989 - Dada Saheb Phalke Award
-1990 - National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for “Lekin”
-1997 - Rajiv Gandhi Award
-1999 - Padma Vibhushan
-2001 - Bharat Ratna (second vocalist to receive the award after classical singer M.S. Subbulakshmi)
-2008 - “One Time Award for Lifetime Achievement” honour to commemorate the 60th anniversary of India’s independence

International Honours

-1980 - Presented key of the city of Georgetown, Guyana, South America
-1980 - Honorary Citizenship of The Republic of Surinam, South America
-1985 - June 9, declared as Asia Day in honour of her arrival in Toronto, Canada
-1987 - Honorary Citizenship of USA in Houston, Texas
-2004 - Her song “Wada Na Tod” was selected as a part of the soundtrack for Hollywood movie “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”
-2007 - Legion of Honour (highest French civilian award)

Other Milestones

-1974 - The Guinness Book of Records listed Lata Mangeshkar as the most recorded artist in the history, stating that she had reportedly recorded “not less than 25,000 solo, duet and chorus backed songs in 20 Indian languages” between 1948-1974
-1974 - First concert overseas at the Royal Albert Hall, London
-1984 - The Guinness Book of Records stated Lata Mangeshkar’s name for the “Most Recordings” (later editions of Guinness Book stated that Lata Mangeshkar had sung no fewer than 30,000 songs between 1948 and 1987)
-1999 - a perfume brand named after her “Lata Eau De Parfum” was launched
-1999 - nominated as a member of Rajya Sabha
-2001 - she established the Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Pune, managed by the Lata Mangeshkar Medical Foundation (founded by the Mangeshkar family in October 1989)

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