Birthday special: Lata Mangeshkar – the nightingale of India
Pic courtesy: @mangeshkarlata


Birthday special: Lata Mangeshkar – the nightingale of India Pic courtesy: @mangeshkarlata Zee Media Bureau Mumbai: Known as the nightingale of India – Lata Mangeskar - is an inspiration to millions across the globe. The melody queen who has been the voice of a number of beautiful actresses on screen, turned 86 today.

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Born to theatre actor and singer Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar in Indore, Lata started her career as a playback singer in 1942 and ever since she has been associated with hundereds of timeless classics.

She is the eldest sister of an equally accomplished playback singer Asha Bhosle. Her other siblings-Hridayanath Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar and Meena Mangeshkar are also into singing.




In a career spanning over six decades, Lata has crooned for over 1000 films in as many as 36 languages. From Madhubala to Meena Kumari, Nutan to Tanuja, Vyjantimala to Asha Parekh, Hema Malini to Rekha, Sridevi to Madhuri Dixit, Karishma Kapoor to Kareena Kapoor, Lata has lent her mesmerising voice for all these screen divas.

Lata proved her versatility by singing songs that belong to different spectrums of emotions. Her cabaret number – Aa Jaane Jaan – picturised on Helen proved that Lata could pull of a western styled number with equal grace and elan. Her romantic, melancholic, jubilant tracks are simply magical.

Lata has been bestowed with Padma Bhushan (1969), Padma Vibhushan (1999), Dada Saheb Phalke Award (1989), Bharat Ratna (2001) apart from three National Awards and couple of Bollywood awards.

B-Town wishes 'greatest pride' Lata Mangeshkar on 86th b'day

    Press Trust of India      |         <news:geo_locations>Mumbai       September 28, 2015   Last Updated at 16:02 IST


As melody queen Lata Mangeshkar celebrates her 86th birthday today, celebrities wished her best of health and happiness.

Sonu Nigam, who collaborated with Mangeshkar in films like "Veera Zaara", "Mujhse Dosti Karoge!" among others, called her the goddess of vocalists.

"Happy Birthday to the goddess of vocalists... Your contribution in every Indian music lovers' life is unmatchable. Thank you for your love," he posted on Twitter.

Shaan wrote, "Happy Birthday Lata ji! Happy Birthday to Voice of Eternal Youth and Divinity!! Our Greatest Pride!!@latamangeshkar."

Terming her "motherboard of Indian music industry, actor-singer Ayushmann Khurrana said, "Birthday wishes to the motherboard of Indian music industry @mangeshkarlata di! Charan Sparsh."

"Besides thousands of impeccable renditions, she inspired lacs of families to support their daughters to take up music," tweeted filmmaker Anubhav Sinha.

Music composer Vishal Dadlani said, "@mangeshkarlata ji, Happy Birthday! Wish you every joy, the best of health and happiness!"

Kailash Kher, who is in the US, said Mangeshkar is the true avatar of goddess Saraswati.

"I am in US. Today is the birthday of India's melody queen, and goddess Saraswati's avtaar (incarnation) congratulations to the universe."

National award-winning filmmaker Hansal Mehta said, "Happy Birthday to India's most beautiful woman. Happy Birthday Lata Mangeshkar. Thanks to your songs life is less empty."

Mangeshkar, who started her career in 1942. She has recorded songs for more than 1,000 films in 36 languages and also awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour.

The singer is known for her hit numbers "Dil wil pyar wyar", "Bindiya chamkegi", "Tune o rangeele kaisa jaadu kiya", "Mere haathon mein". Her last film song was in 2010 movie "Dunno Y... Na Jaane Kyun".

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