Lata Mangeshkar is a well-known Indian playback singer. She also sang the songs in over thirty-six regional Indian languages and foreign languages. She started singing professionally from the age of 13 and recorded songs for the soundtracks of more than 2,000 Indian films. She has a name in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most recorded artist in the world. She was also honored with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, in 1989.
Lata Mangeshkar was born in a Marathi Hindu family on 28 September 1929 in Indore, Central India Agency(now Madhya Pradesh), British India. Her birth name was Hema, but later renamed by Lata, Her father changed the name after the female character Latika in one of his play ‘BhaawBhandhan’. Her father’s name is Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar, was a theatre actor and classical singer. Her mother’s name is Shevanti, a Gujarati woman, who was the second wife of her father. She has a younger brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar and 3 younger sisters, Asha Bhosle, Meena Khadikar, and Usha Mangeshkar. Lata Mangeshkar is unmarried but allegedly she was linked with music director Bhupen Hazarika.
Lata Mangeshkar Wiki/Bio
|Birth Name||Hema Mangeshkar|
|Nick Name||'Swar Kokila' (The Nightingale of Bollywood)|
|Age||(as in 2020) 91 Years|
|Debut||• Hindi Song- "Mata Ek Sapoot Ki Duniya Badal De Tu;"|
• Film- Gajaabhaau (Marathi, 1943)
|Sun Sign/Zodiac Sign||Libra|
|Birth Place||Indore, Indore State, Central India Agency, British India|
|Date of Birth||28 September 1929 (Saturday)|
|Home Town||Mumbai, India|
|Hobbies||Watching Cricket, Riding Bicycles|
|Mother's Name||Shevanti Mangeshkar|
|Father's Name||Deenanath Mangeshkar|
|Brother||Hridaynath Mangeshkar (younger)|
|Sister||• Usha Mangeshkar (younger)|
• Asha Bhosle (younger)
• Meena Khadikar (younger)
|Affairs/Boyfriends||Bhupen Hazarika (Lyricist)|
Marital Status, Husband and Children
|Marriage Date||Not Known|
|Educational Qualification||Not Known|
|Brands Endorsed||Not Known|
|Career Manager||Not Known|
Height, Weight, and Figure Measurements
|Height (Approx.)||in centimeters- 155 cm|
in meters- 1.55 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 1”
|Weight (Approx.)||in Kilograms-69 kg|
in Pounds-152 lbs
|Breast Size||34 inches|
|Hips Size||36 inches|
|Waist Size||28 inches|
Extra Ordinary Features
|Race / Ethnicity||Maharashtrian|
|Hair Color||Salt & Pepper|
|Dress Size||4 US|
|Shoe Size||8 US|
|Car Collection||Mercedes Benz|
|Favourite Actress||Nargis, Meena Kumari|
|Favourite Actors||Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Dev Anand|
|Favourite Politician||Atal Bihari Vajpayee|
|Favourite Holiday Destination||Los Angeles|
|Favourite Food||Spicy Foods, Coca Cola|
|Favourite Film||Kismet (1943), James Bond Films|
|Favourite Music Director||Ghulam Haidar, Madan Mohan, Laxmikant Pyarelal, A. R. Rahman|
|Favourite Cricketer||Sachin Tendulkar|
Lata Mangeshkar was inclined towards music from a very young age. On her very first day of school, she started teaching songs to the children and when teachers intervened, she got so annoyed that she stopped going to school. Lata started acting in her father’s musical plays since the age of five. She also took lessons in classical music from maestros like Amanat Khan, Pandit Tulsidas Sharma, and Aman Ali Khan Saheb later in life. She was inspired by K.L. Saigal’s music when she was young. Her father passed away when Lata was just 13 years old and as the eldest child, the financial responsibility of the family came to rest upon Lata’s shoulders.
Lata Mangeshkar started her career in 1942. A family friend, Vinayak Damodar Karnataki helped her for getting a job as an actress in Marathi and Hindi Films. Her career was quite rocky in the beginning as young Lata struggled a lot to find her foothold in the industry. As a playback singer, her first song was ‘NaachuYaa Gade, Khelu Saari Mani Haus Bhaari’ with composer Sadashivrao Nevrekar for a Marathi film Kiti Hasaal. In 1943., Her first Hindi song released, with ‘Mata Ek Sapoot Ki Duniya Badal De Tu’ in the movie Gajaabhaau.
Lata Mangeshkar Net Worth
As per a report, veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar has a net worth is estimated to be around 50 million USD. Converted in rupees, the singer’s net worth becomes Rs 368 crores.
|Estimated Net Worth in 2019 (Approx)||$50 million|
|Estimated Net Worth in 2018(Approx)||Under Review|
|Annual Salary||Under Review|
|Income Source||Playback Singer|
Lata Mangeshkar moved to Bombay in 1945. She faced many rejections from music composers because they found her voice too thin and sharp. She often imitated famous singers like Nur Jahan so as to please the music directors.
Along with Master Vinayak Lata was also mentored by music director Ghulam Haider. She got her first recognition in the song ‘Dil Mera Toda, Mujhe Kahin Ka Na Chhora’ in the 1948 movie Majboor under his guidance. In 1949, Her first tumultuous hit song was ‘Ayega Anewala’ presented on-screen by actress Madhubala in the film Mahal.
Then She did playback singing for famous music directors like Salil Chowdhury, Sachin Dev Burman, Sankar Jaikishan, Madan Mohan, Naushad, Kalyanji-Anandji, and Pandit Amarnath HusanLal Bhagat Ram. Later, she worked in hit films like Baiju Bawra (1952), Devdas (1955), ChoriChori (1956), Mother India (1957), and Madhumati (1958). In 1958, for the song ‘Aaja Re Pardesi’ she won her first Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer from the film Madhumati with music director Salil Chowdhury.
In 1952, Lata Mangeshkar sang raga based song like ‘MoheBhool Gaye Sawariya’ in BaijuBawra. She sang western theme songs like ‘Ajeeb Dastan Hain Yeh’ from Dil Apna Aur Preet Parayi (1960) as well as Bhajan like Allah Tero Naam for the movie Hum Dono in 1961. She was the voice behind the most glamorous heroines of the time, from Madhubala to Meena Kumari. She moved dignitaries including Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to tears with her rendition of the famous patriotic song ‘Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon’.
Lata Mangeshkar started playback singing for regional films in Tamil and Marathi. In 1956, She sang her first song in Tamil was ‘Enthan Kannalan’ in the film Vanaradham. In 1967, She made her debut in the Kannada playback industry with the song Bellane Belagayithu in the movie Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna which was composed by Lakshman Berlekar. Lata Mangeshkar recorded her only Malayalam song “Kadali Chenkadali” for the film Nellu in 1974.
Lata Mangeshkar collaborated with noted male playback singers like Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Mukesh, Hemant Kumar, Mahendra Kapoor, and Manna Dey in many projects. She became the unrivaled queen of the playback industry and enjoyed star status. People could not praise her voice enough and every major producer, music director, and actor was vying to work with her. Her duets with Kishore Kumar all through the 1970s and 1980s became legends of the Hindi Film Industry and are celebrated to date. Songs like ‘Kora Kagaz’ from film Aradhana (1969), ‘Tere Bina Zindagi Se’ from the 1971 film Andhi, ‘Tere Mere Milan Ki’ from Abhimaan (1973), and ‘Aap Ki Ankhon Me Kuch’ from the film Ghar (1978), are some examples of unforgettable musical magic that this pair created.
During the 1980s Lataji worked on compositions by Rahul Dev Burman, son of Sachin Dev Burman, and Lataji’s would-be brother-in-law. R.D. who was known to prefer Asha Bhosle for his versatile compositions, used Lataji’s voice for his more melodious compositions like ‘Kya Yahi Pyar Hai’ in Rocky (1981), ‘Humein Aur Jeene Ki’ in Agar Tum Na Hote (1983), ‘Tujhse Naraaz Nahin’ in Masoom (1983) and ‘Seeli Hawa Chhoo Gayi’ in Libas (1988).
Her collaboration with music director duo Laxmikant Pyarelal produced some of the most super hit songs of the time that are still hummed with equal enthusiasm by Indians. The duo considered Lataji instrumental in their success. some of their most popular collaborations are Dil Vil Pyar Vyar (1968), Sheesha Ho YaDil Ho (1980), Mere Naseeb Mein (1981), and Ye Galiyan Ye Chaubara (1982). Other acclaimed scores in the 1980s include the title track from Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985) with music director Ravindra Jain and Dikhayi Diye Yun in Bazaar (1982) with Khayyam.
In the 1990s, Lataji also worked with music directors like Jatin Lalit, Anu Malik, and A.R. Rahman. Films like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Dil Se, Rang De Basanti featured acclaimed songs sung by Lataji. Lata Mangeshkar firstly did the role of music director for Ram Ram Pavhane in 1955. Her other major works were Maratha Mohityanchi Manjula (1963), Tituka Melvava (1963), Sadhi Manase (1965), and Tambadi Mati (1969).
As a producer, Lata Mangeshkar made four films – Vandal, a Marathi language film in 1953, Jhaanjhar with C. In 1953 as co-producer Ramchandra, Kanchan (1955), and Lekin, the directorial venture of lyricist Gulzar in 1990. In 2012, Lata Mangeshkar launched her own music label called LM Music and released a Devotional album.
|1959||Best Female Playback Singer|
|1963||Best Female Playback Singer|
|1966||Best Playback Singer for Sadhi Mansa|
Best Female Playback Singer for the song- "Tumhi Mere Mandir Tumhi Meri Pooja" from Khandan
|1970||Best Female Playback Singer|
|1989||Dada Saheb Phalke Award|
|1994||Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award|
|1995||Filmfare Special Award for "Didi Tera Devar Deewana" song|
|1997||Maharashtra Bhushan Award|
|2001|| Bharat Ratna|
Maharashtra Ratna (First Recipient)
|2008||"One Time Award for Lifetime Achievement" honor to commemorate the 60th anniversary of India's independence|
Facts About Lata Mangeshkar
- Lata’s father, changed the surname of the family from Hardikar to Mangeshkar, as he wanted to identify his family with their native town, Mangeshi in Goa.
- In 1945, She played a minor role in Master Vinayak’s first Hindi film ‘Badi Maa’ along with her sister Asha.
- In 1948 Mukherjee dismissed Lata’s voice giving the reason that her voice is “too thin”, to this Ghulam Haidar respond and said that In the upcoming years, producers and directors would fall at Lata’s feet and beg her to sing for their movies.
- Lata Mangeshkar told in an interview that Ghulam Haidar was her true Godfather who trusted her talent.
- She took lessons in Urdu from an Urdu teacher, Shafi when Dilip Kumar (actor) remarked about her Maharashtrian accent while singing Urdu/Hindi songs.
- Lata Mangeshkar won her first National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for a song in the film ‘Parichay’ (1972).
- Reportedly, she was given slow poison in early 1962, and after that, she was bed-ridden for almost 3 months.
- Lata sang a maximum number of songs (712) for the music director, Laxmikant Pyarelal.
- In 2001, she was awarded India’s highest civilian award ‘Bharat Ratna’.
- The Madhya Pradesh Government and the Maharashtra Government have instituted the ‘Lata Mangeshkar Award’ in 1984 and 1992, respectively.
- She hates doing makeup.
- The Government of India honored him with the title “Daughter of the Nation” On her 9oth birthday in 2019, as a tribute to her contribution to Indian Music.
- Lata Mangeshkar is an avid dog lover, she also shared photos of her pet dog “Bittu” on her Facebook account.
Why did Lata Mangeshkar never marry?
She is not factually verified and references are limited only to film gossip magazines of the ’50s and ’60s. Lata Mangeshkar and Music Director C. Ramchandra (also known as Chitalkar) fell in love with each other. The duo had a fruitful and long working association. It is most famous for the song “Ae mere Watan Ke logon” (Composed by C Ramachandra, sung by Lata Mangeshkar, penned by Kavi Pradeep). C Ramchandra also sang many songs with Lata Mangeshkar, notably “Shola jo Bhadke, Dil Mera Dhadke” from the film Albela. Due to some differences and circumstances (mainly their age difference of 11.5 years, C Ramachandra was born in Jan 1918 whereas Lata Mangeshkar was born in Sept 1929), they couldn’t marry. After this incident, Lata Mangeshkar remained unmarried for life.
Is Shreya Ghoshal better than Lata Mangeshkar?
Depends on the setting. In the studio, Lata Mangeshkar in her heyday was way ahead of just about everyone except perhaps Asha Bhonsle with whom it was more neck-to-neck. Shreya Ghoshal has herself acknowledged her as her biggest inspiration (which is obvious anyway).
Why is Lata Mangeshkar so popular?
Lata Mangeshkar is an Indian playback singer and music director. She is one of the best-known and most respected playback singers in India. He has recorded songs in over a thousand Hindi films and has sung songs in over thirty-six regional Indian languages and foreign languages, though primarily in Marathi, Hindi, and Bengali.
What makes Lata Mangeshkar a good personality?
Lata Mangeshkar is a great singer, this is what the common people know. There are a ton of social activities she does, and that makes her a good person. From hospital to other social help to the needful, she has been beside every ill-fated Indian, be it a natural calamity, be it a poverty issue. She also keeps cordial touch to her known ones. She regularly writes and wishes them, and is not influenced by the ego that many cannot resist after such fame. She is honest too. When she did not arrive for Parliamentary issues, she did not accept her fees too.
Who is a better classical singer, Lata Mangeshkar or Rafi?
Not really a comparison as I am not very familiar with Rafi’s work but I have heard some raga renderings by Lata Mangeshkar and now know where she developed her ability to improvise as seen in her film songs. She would have been one of the classical legends had she chosen to go down the path of classical music, alas, she had a family to feed. The world got a playback singing legend instead.