Everything You Need To Know About The Legendary Life Of Siinger Lata Mangeshkar

Lata Mangeshkar (1929 – 2022) has always fought. From building a career to her time in hospital, the 93-year-old playback singer has gone against all odds and proven herself a fighter.

Sunday morning, India woke up to learn of the death of her nightingale. As the nation mourns, here is a glimpse of Mangeshkar’s fulfilled life:

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September 28, 1929:
India was blessed with the queen of melody who would enthrall the nation with her honeyed voice. The iconic singer was born as Hema Mangeshkar in Indore to Marathi-Konkani musician Deenanath Mangeshkar and his wife Shevanti. She was the eldest of her four siblings – Meena Khadikar, Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar and Hridaynath Mangeshkar – all of whom are renowned singers and musicians.

1935: From an early age, the playback singer’s father – who adopted the surname Mangeshkar as he hailed from Goa’s hometown of Mangeshi – began his musical education. She started as an actress in the Marathi musical plays of Mangeshkar Sr when she was only five years old.

1941: Long before India gained independence from the British Raj, Mangeshkar began his musical journey at the age of 12. She sang two songs in the studio for the first time on radio on December 16.

1942: After his father’s death from heart disease, Navyug Chitrapat film company owner Vinayak Damodar Karnataki, who was a close friend of the Mangeshkars, helped launch the singer and acting career of the girl at the time. She got her first chance when she starred in Navyug Chitrapat’s Marathi film “Pahili Mangalaa-gaur” and sang “Natali Chaitraachi Navalaai” in the film.

1943: She sang her first song in Hindi in the Marathi film ‘Gajaabhaau’ – ‘Mata Ek Sapoot Ki Duniya Badal De Tu’.

[1945:[1945 :Mangeshkar moved to Mumbai after Karnataki moved Navyug Chitrapat’s headquarters and began his training in Hindustani classical music at Ustad Aman Ali Khan of Bhindibazaar Gharana.

1946: The song “Paa Lagoon Kar Jori” was Mangeshkar’s debut in a Hindi film by Vasant Joglekar – “Aap Ki Seva Mein”.

1948: Mangeshkar was mentored by musical director Ghulam Haider right after Karnataki’s death. After being rejected by producer Sashadhar Mukherjee’s “Shaheed”, Mangeshkar went mainstream with “Majboor” with the song “Dil Mera Toda, Mujhe Kahin Ka Na Chhora”.

1949: ‘Aayega Aanewaala’, featuring classic actress Madhubala, was her major hits from the film ‘Mahal’.

1950s: Mangeshkar saw great reach in films and produced four films – Marathi film ‘Vaadal’ (1953) and Hindi films ‘Jhaanjhar’ (1953) and ‘Kanchan Ganga’ (1955).

1963: ‘Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo’ in Mangeshkar’s soulful voice brought tears to the eyes of all the citizens and then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru during the Sino-Indian War.

1963: This is the year when Mangeshkar’s association with Laxmikant-Pyarelal music directors began. The singer has given voice to several of their compositions and the collaboration has continued to grow stronger. Some popular names include ‘Mr. X in Bombay”, “Mere Hamdam Mere Dost”, “Intaquam”, “Do Raaste”, among others.

1960: It was the time when Mangeshkar tried his hand at musical composition. Under the pseudonym of Anand Ghan, she composed the music for the Marathi films ‘Ram Ram Pavhana’ (

1960), ‘Maratha Tituka Melvava’ (1963), ‘Mohityanchi Manjula’ (1963), ‘Sadhi Manase’ (1965) and ‘Tambadi Mati’ (1969). The Maharashtra government awarded him the best music director award for “Sadhi Manase” and the song “Airanichya Deva Tula” received the best song award.

1969: Mangeshwar was awarded the third highest civilian honor – Padma Bhushan – for years of commitment to entertaining the people of the country.

1974: Mangeshkar has gone international. She was the first Indian to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

1974: Mangeshkar entered the Guinness Book of World Records (GBR) for being the most recorded artist in history, between 1948 and 1974. The entry claimed that she had recorded “no less than 25,000 solo backed songs, in duets and choirs in 20 Indian languages,” singer Mohammad Rafi disputed, saying he had sung about 28,000 songs. The duo didn’t share a strong bond after issues with royalty payments. Entry was later discontinued without any explanation in 1991.

1970s: Mangeshkar became the common voice for compositions by Laxmikant – Pyarelal and Rahul Dev Burman. She has collaborated with evergreen popular singer Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey, Mukesh, Mohammed Rafi, Asha and Usha sisters, Hemant Kumar among others.

1989: Mangeshkar received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award – India’s highest film honor – awarded at the National Films Awards ceremony.

1997 : The state government awarded its highest civilian honor – the Maharashtra Bhushan Award – to Mangeshkar.

1999: She won her Padma Vibhushan – the second highest civilian honor for her “outstanding and distinguished service” to the nation.

1984 & 1992: The government of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra instituted the Lata Mangeshkar award to honor his legacy.

2001: She received the Bharat Ratna Award – the highest civilian honor – for her contribution to film and music.

2009: Mangeshkar was honored with France’s highest honour, the title of Officer of the French Legion of Honor.

2012: The music label LM Music was born, with an album of bhajans that she sang with her sister Usha.

2015 : Mangeshkar’s last song for a movie was “Jeena Hai Kya” for “Dunno Y2… Life Is A Moment”, a sequel to Kapil Sharma’s starring “Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyun”. She recorded the song in her own studio.

2022:India has lost its Nightingale. The government decrees a two-day national mourning with the Habs at half mast.

The Life and Times of Lata Mangeshkar: A look back at the singing legend’s illustrious care…

The pride of the nation is no more

Indian nightingale, singing legend Lata Mangeshkar died on Sunday morning. Over a career spanning over seven decades, Mangeshkar has delivered memorable hits that have marked the Indian music industry. She not only paved the way for future musicians, but is also an inspiration to many of them.

Her soulful voice goes well with several generations of actresses – from Madhubala to Madhuri to Alia Bhatt. As our nation’s pride departs for its heavenly home, let’s take a look back at the life and times of Lata Mangeshkar.

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