Lata Mangeshkar was born on September 28, 1929, in Indore, India. She is widely regarded as one of the most successful and talented singers in the history of Indian cinema. Her career spanned over seven decades and she recorded over 30,000 songs in various Indian languages, including Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Tamil, and Telugu. She was also a recipient of numerous awards, including the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, and the Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan, the second and third-highest civilian awards respectively.
Lata Mangeshkar’s family had a musical background, and her father, Dinanath Mangeshkar, was a well-known classical singer and theater actor. Lata showed a keen interest in music from a young age and began her career as a playback singer in 1942 with the Marathi film Kiti Hasaal. She went on to sing in several Hindi films and soon became a household name.
Lata Mangeshkar was known for her melodious voice and versatility as a singer. She was equally proficient in singing romantic ballads, folk songs, devotional hymns, and classical compositions. Her contribution to the Indian music industry has been immense, and her songs continue to be popular among music lovers across generations.
Lata Mangeshkar passed away on September 29, 2021, at the age of 92 in Mumbai, India. Her death was mourned by millions of fans worldwide, and she was remembered as a true icon of Indian music.
Music is my passion, my work and my life.
Singing has always been my way of expressing my feelings and emotions.
There is no greater joy than singing.
I have been fortunate to have worked with some of the most talented musicians and composers in the industry.
Music knows no language, no boundaries.
I believe that music has the power to heal and bring people together.
My voice is my instrument, and I have always tried to use it to the best of my abilities.
I have always believed that a singer should sing from the heart.
I have never thought of myself as a celebrity. I am just a singer.
I have always tried to maintain a low profile and let my work speak for itself.
I have always been fascinated by classical music, and have tried to incorporate its elements into my work.
The beauty of music lies in its ability to transport you to another world.
My aim has always been to create music that touches people’s hearts and souls.
I have always felt that music has the power to bring people together, irrespective of their differences.
I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented people in the industry.
I have always believed that music is a universal language that connects people from all walks of life.
I believe that music is a reflection of the times we live in, and as an artist, it is my responsibility to reflect that in my work.
I have always been a student of music, and have tried to learn from every experience.
I have always believed that one should never stop learning and growing, no matter how successful one becomes.
I have always tried to sing from the heart, and connect with my audience on an emotional level.
I have always felt that music has the power to inspire and uplift people.
I have always been in awe of the power of music to evoke emotions and memories.
My love for music has only grown stronger with time.
I have always been grateful for the love and support of my fans.
Music has been my constant companion through all the ups and downs of my life.
I have always believed that music has the power to heal and bring peace to the world.
I have always been passionate about preserving our musical heritage and passing it on to future generations.
I have always been fascinated by the power of music to tell stories and convey emotions.
I have always felt that music has the ability to transcend time and space.
My greatest joy is to see people moved and touched by my music.
I have always believed that music is a gift from God, and it is our duty to use it for the greater good.
I have always tried to stay true to my artistic vision and not compromise on my principles.
I have always been grateful for the opportunities and blessings that music has brought into my life.
I have always believed that music is a powerful tool for social change.
I have always felt that music has the power to unite people and bridge divides.
I have always been humbled by the love and adoration of my fans.
I believe in one power, and that is the hand of God. I respect all religions.
As a singer, you have to bring the soul to the song.
From my experience and understanding, I believe money follows name and fame, while recognition calls for a huge amount of sacrifice. To get something, you have to lose something. That’s the rule of life.
One has to be fully committed to one’s career. Otherwise, there’s no point.
I’ve always loved life, irrespective of all the ups and downs that have filled my journey.
I feel God has sent me to Earth to sing. I started singing when I was five, but I don’t think I’ve worked as hard as many other people.
For me, awards are a token of respect that people are giving me. So no matter how many awards I am receiving, I always feel emotional.
I have a fierce temper. I’ve mastered it over the years, but when I’m angry, no one can force me to do anything I don’t want to.
People, who accused me of practising a monopoly were wrong. The media fuelled rumours about my ‘monopoly.’ The first question I was always asked during interviews was about my supposed monopoly.
I wish I had given more time to learning classical singing.
My father passed away in 1942, and three-four months after his death, I had to start working. There was a responsibility on my shoulders to run the household. It was my duty as the eldest child in the house.
I think playback singing has a lot to do with voice acting. I would suggest to all the youngsters to understand the character, situation, and the story behind the songs. That is when you can add soul to the rendition which, I think, is missing in today’s music.
There are so many songs that I could not sing the way I wanted to. When such songs come on television or radio, I shut them off or leave the room.
I feel I am a little unfit for the kind of music that is being made today. There is a big difference between what I sang earlier and what is being made now. I am not saying this music is bad, but there are too many beats.
I have been singing for the last 50 years, you know, so I deserve a break. Besides, there are talented singers around who can do justice to their work.
I missed out on my childhood. I had to work hard, but I was immediately given a place in playback.
I have decided that I won’t take up assignments that don’t interest me.
I really liked Kishore Kumar. He had a virile man’s voice, and he was truly versatile.
I wouldn’t let a biopic be made on me. That’s because I don’t believe in them. I don’t like them.
Today, the scope for variety has shrunk drastically. There are only a handful of topnotch composers like A. R. Rahman, Anu Malik, Jatin-Lalit… that’s it.
In my opinion, the biggest achievement was by Shankar-Jaikishan. With Raj Kapoor’s ‘Barsaat,’ they changed the way we looked at playback singing.
Nowadays, there are seven music directors in one film. I had never heard of such a thing before. If one of our old music directors was told to share a score with others, he would have left the assignment.