Lata Mangeshkar is perhaps, the living legend who needs no explanation. The singing legend has at all times proven herself at tests of time. Her decent and down to Earth approach towards the people around her has garnered her the praise of all the top charts in the music industry.
The journey of this melodic diva started on a rough note but with time she proved herself as the ace among all. Here are a few essential facts about the legendary playback singer which the fans might not be familiar with:-
Age is not a barrier for Lata ji:-
Lata Ji’s stunning voice and her expertise with scale modulation hasn’t aged yet, given the fact that her age as of now is 88. Born on 28th September 1929, her music career has given her numerous chances to prove her mettle and boy has she delivered! Her age hasn’t, in any manner, restricted her singing talent. Well, this honour is quite rare!
While Lata Ji has had a fair share of chart topping numbers all these years, Her numerous array of songs has given her a record as well. Yes 25,000 songs doesn’t seem to be much………or does it?! Now these numbers span across over 36 regional languages out of which 5025 have been sung in Hindi. Now that’s quite the number we all need to be genuinely famous!
Lata Ji’s voice wasn’t the clichéd one, her character also enabled other singers from different periods of time to collaborate with her. Her notable duets with famous singers like Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Mukesh, Suraiya, Manna Dey and even next generation playback singers like Sonu Nigam, Kumar Sanu, Roop Kumar Rathore and all the way to Udit Narayan were all masterpieces in their own right. Wonder she always knows how to steal the show on her own!
It wouldn’t be a wise thing if I would prefer not to mention the awards this diva has earned over her lifelong career in the music industry. Such abundance of talent can hardly go unsung. Now, to mention a few of these wouldn’t be wise as well so here is a list of all the accolades Lata Ji has been awarded till date:-
1 Filmfare lifetime achievement award
2 Filmfare special awards
4 Filmfare awards for best female playback singer
12 Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Award
3 National Film Awards
The list doesn’t end there! Lata Ji’s list of honours has its fair share of entries. It seems as if she has always been the award magnet or in other words, the awards always walk behind her like a shadow. Such is her talent.
Padma Bhushan (1969)
Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1989)
Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavna Award (1999)
Padma Vibhushan (1999)
Legion Of Honour (2007)
And probably the most prestigious Bharat Ratna (2001)
She’s just so awesome!
Singing was never the only option this legendary diva would’ve settled with, her immense expertise also gave her a chance in making new music. Yes, Lata Ji has also been instrumental as a music director in her career.
With the seed of genesis sown way back in 1955 for Marathi films, her role as a music director gave her another accolade from the Maharashtra Government. And that’s not all, till now she has 4 films under her banner as well. You guessed it, she has been a producer as well! Wonder what else has been left unattended in the Bollywood industry!!!
Lata Mangeshkar isn’t just an elite member of the music industry but she is also the pinnacle of refined music which has been revolving around several generations. Heck even little kids from this era know what a legend she is. And just like everyone, even my own parents say this out aloud “Lata Ji isn’t just a great singer, she is an institution herself!” and I guess that’s what we all would agree upon………right!