Published On: Wed, Sep 28th, 2016

Birthday Greetings to Lata Mangeshkar, who turned 87 today.


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Birthday Greetings to Lata Mangeshkar, the queen of Indian playback singing, who turned 87 today.

Lata Mangeshkar speaks about some of the best known music composers, who helped her hone her vocals.

I have always been a student, someone willing to learn. My father used to tell me whoever helps you improve your music is your guru. I have observed music directors, their working style and paid attention to their specific requirements in a song. I studied classical music under the tutelage of Ustad Aman Ali Khan (Bhendibazaar gharana) and Amanat Khan Devaswale.

Birthday Greetings to Lata Mangeshkar, who turned 87 today (5)Composer Anil Biswas taught me how to breathe in front of the microphone without breaking the taal. Master Ghulam Haider, who gave me the major break in the film industry, was very particular about pronunciation. He explained that one must consider the heroine in question and her situation in the track. Nushad sahab taught me correct pronunciation in Urdu. Geniuses like Madan Mohan, Jaidev, Salil Chaudhury, Shankar Jaiskishan, Ghulam Mohammed, SD Burman, RD Burman, Khayyam and others have influenced my work.

In her incredible career of 73 years, Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar has given back more than what she achieved. The legitimate ‘Voice of India’ has been ruling our hearts for some seven decades, and has definitely left an indelible mark on each heart that beats in this nation or the entire subcontinent, or across the world. Without doubt, she is India’s most celebrated vocalist who’s set an unsurpassable benchmark in the annals of Hindi film music.

When Lata Mangeshkar took a break from singing:

Birthday Greetings to Lata Mangeshkar, who turned 87 today (3)Bursting into the music scene with the soul-stirring ‘Aayega Aanewala’ 67 years back and following it up with romantic hits like ‘Pyar kiya to darna kya’ in Mughal-e-Azam, there has been no looking back for melody queen Lata Mangeshkar as she turned 87 years today.

Not many music lovers know that legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, whose voice has immortalised thousands of songs, took a one year break from singing on the advice of renowned classical maestro Ustad Amir Khan.

Birthday Greetings to Lata Mangeshkar, who turned 87 today (2)Lata Mangeshkar was having some problem with her vocal chord during 1960s and once took such a high note that she noticed her voice was breaking and getting flat. This incident happened for the first time in her life and she took it up with Ustad Amir Khan. Khan sahab advised Lata that the best thing would be to undergo keep silence for six months and not sing for a year. Despite her rising stardom, she decided to put the advice in practice and even stayed out of Mumbai.

Lata returned to the world of Bollywood music after a year in 1962 with ‘Bees Saal Baad’ whose music was given by Hemant Kumar.

She sang the track ‘Kahin Deep Jale Kahin Din’ in the film for which she also won the Filmfare award for Best Female Playback Singer.

Pandit Dinanath Mangeshkar, the legendary classical singer, theater actor and the father of the world famous playback singers Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle.Lata Mangeshkar remember her father who influenced her the most in her life:

“My elder sister Meena and I learnt music from our father. The other siblings were too young when he died. My brother Hridaynath was only four when my father passed away.

My father didn’t see me become a singer but he predicted my success. He was a very good astrologer. He had prophesied that I would become so successful that no one would be able to reach my level.

He also predicted that he would not be alive when I became famous and that I’d look after the entire household.”


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A rare childhood photograph of Lata Mangeshkar.

Dinanath Mangeshkar and his wife Shudhamati with their three daughters – Asha (on her mother’s lap), the five year old Lata (right of her father) and Meena.

This photograph was taken in a studio at sangli in 1934


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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology

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