71 Facts About Lata Mangeshkar


Lata Mangeshkar was an Indian playback singer and occasional music composer.


Lata Mangeshkar is widely considered to have been one of the greatest and most influential singers in India and one of the world's greatest singers, according to BBC.


Lata Mangeshkar received several accolades and honors throughout her career.


Lata Mangeshkar was the recipient of three National Film Awards, 15 Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards, four Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards, two Filmfare Special Awards, the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award and many more.


Lata Mangeshkar's last recorded song was "Saugandh Mujhe Is Mitti ki" released on 30 March 2019 as a tribute to the Indian Army and the Nation.


Lata Mangeshkar was born on 28 September 1929in Indore, then the capital of the princely state of Indore which was part of the Central India Agency in British India.


Lata Mangeshkar's father, Deenanath Mangeshkar was a Marathi and Konkani classical singer and theatre actor.


Deenanath had taken the surname Lata Mangeshkar, based on the name of his ancestral village, Mangeshi in Goa.


Lata Mangeshkar's mother, Shevanti, was a Gujarati woman from Thalner, Bombay Presidency.


Lata Mangeshkar learned Gujarati folk songs such as garbas of Pavagadh from her maternal grandmother.


Lata Mangeshkar received her first music lesson from her father.


On her first day of school, Lata Mangeshkar left because she was not allowed to bring her sister Asha along with her.


In 1942, when Lata Mangeshkar was 13, her father died of heart disease.


Master Vinayak, the owner of Navyug Chitrapat movie company and a close friend of the Lata Mangeshkar family, took care of them.


Lata Mangeshkar helped her get started in a career as a singer and actress.


Lata Mangeshkar sang the song "Naachu Yaa Gade, Khelu Saari Mani Haus Bhaari", which was composed by Sadashivrao Nevrekar for Vasant Joglekar's Marathi movie Kiti Hasaal, but the song was dropped from the final cut.


The Bollywood industry was yet to find its feet, so Lata Mangeshkar had to first concentrate on acting, which she did not like, as the lights and people ordering her around made her feel uncomfortable.


Lata Mangeshkar moved to Mumbai in 1945 when Master Vinayak's company moved its headquarters there.


Lata Mangeshkar started taking lessons in Hindustani classical music from Ustad Aman Ali Khan of Bhindibazaar Gharana.


Lata Mangeshkar sang "Paa Lagoon Kar Jori" for Vasant Joglekar's Hindi-language movie Aap Ki Seva Mein, which was composed by Datta Davjekar.


Lata Mangeshkar introduced her to producer Sashadhar Mukherjee, who was then working on the movie Shaheed, but Mukherjee dismissed her voice as "too thin".


Lata Mangeshkar was the first music director who showed complete faith in my talent.


Lata Mangeshkar brought a new signature style of singing to Indian film music, moving away from mehfil-style performances to suit both 'modern' and 'traditional' female protagonists.


Lata Mangeshkar sang "Sri Lanka, Ma Priyadara Jaya Bhumi", a song in Sinhala, for the 1955 Sri Lankan film Seda Sulang.


Lata Mangeshkar Didi recorded her first Telugu song Nidhurapora Thammudaa in 1955 Telugu film Santhanam for music director Susarla Dakshinamurthi.


Lata Mangeshkar made her debut in Tamil playback singing with Vanaradham in 1956 with the Tamil song Enthan Kannalan for Nimmi in the dubbed version composed by Naushad.


Lata Mangeshkar sang many raga-based songs for Naushad in movies such as Deedar, Baiju Bawra, Amar, Uran Khatola and Mother India.


Lata Mangeshkar won a Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer for Salil Chowdhury's composition "Aaja Re Pardesi" from Madhumati.


Lata Mangeshkar had sung in R D Burman's first film, Chhote Nawab, and later in his films such as Bhoot Bungla, Pati Patni, Baharon ke Sapne, and Abhilasha.


Lata Mangeshkar sang over 700 songs for the composer duo over a period of 35 years, many of which became huge hits.


Lata Mangeshkar sang for Parasmani, Mr X in Bombay, Aaye Din Bahar Ke, Milan, Anita, Shagird, Mere Hamdam Mere Dost, Intaquam, Do Raaste and Jeene Ki Raah, for which she got her third Filmfare Award.


Lata Mangeshkar sang several playback songs for Marathi films, composed by Marathi music directors including Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Vasant Prabhu, Srinivas Khale, Sudhir Phadke and herself, under the pseudonym Anandghan.


Lata Mangeshkar made her Kannada debut in 1967 for the film Kranthiveera Sangolli Rayanna by recording two songs for the music director Lakshman Berlekar.


Lata Mangeshkar wanted Rafi to back her in demanding a half-share from the five percent song royalty that the film's producer conceded to select composers.


Lata Mangeshkar transformed the way Indian music concerts were perceived in the West.


Lata Mangeshkar demanded to sing in mainstream halls only, which was an honour that until then was bestowed only upon classical musicians.


Lata Mangeshkar released an album of Mirabai's bhajans, "Chala Vaahi Des", composed by her brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar.


Lata Mangeshkar sang many songs in the Assamese language and developed a very good relationship with the Assamese musician Bhupen Hazarika.


Lata Mangeshkar sang many songs under his direction; the song "Dil Hoom Hoom Kare" from Rudaali made the highest record sales that year.


Lata Mangeshkar sang in other movies, such as Karz, Ek Duuje Ke Liye, Silsila, Prem Rog, Hero, Pyar Jhukta Nahin, Ram Teri Ganga Maili, Nagina, and Ram Lakhan.


Lata Mangeshkar's song "Zu Zu Zu Yashoda" from Sanjog was a chartbuster.


At the request of Anne Murray, Lata Mangeshkar sang her song "You Needed Me".


Lata Mangeshkar recorded some non-film songs, including ghazals with Jagjit Singh.


Lata Mangeshkar collaborated to Bahasa song with Rhoma Irama, the genre is called Dangdut.


Lata Mangeshkar won her third National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for her rendition of the song "Yaara Sili Sili" from the film, which was composed by her brother Hridaynath.


The special feature of the album is that Lata Mangeshkar offers her tributes to immortal singers of the time by rendering a few of their songs in her own voice.


Lata Mangeshkar sang both Rahul Dev Burman's first and last songs.


Lata Mangeshkar was awarded Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement the same year In 1999, she was nominated as a member of Rajya Sabha.


Lata Mangeshkar stated the reason for her absence as ill-health; it was reported that she had not taken a salary, allowance or a house in Delhi for being a Member of Parliament.


In 2001, Lata Mangeshkar was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour.


Lata Mangeshkar recorded with Shamir Tandon "Kitne Ajeeb Rishte Hain Yahan Pe" for Page 3 and "Daata Sun Le" for Jail.


On 12 April 2011, Lata Mangeshkar released the album Sarhadein: Music Beyond Boundaries, which contains the duet "Tera Milna Bahut Acha Lage" by her and Mehdi Hassan.


Lata Mangeshkar sang with her younger sister Usha on the album.


On 30 March 2019, Lata Mangeshkar released the song "Saugandh Mujhe Is Mitti Ki", composed by Mayuresh Pai, as a tribute to the Indian army and nation.


Lata Mangeshkar has sung 185 songs in Bengali, making her debut in 1956 with the hit song "Aakash Prodeep Jwole", composed by Satinath Mukhopadhyay.


Lata Mangeshkar sang "Ek Tu Hi Bharosa" from Pukar.


Lata Mangeshkar composed music for the first time in 1955 for the Marathi movie Ram Ram Pavhane.


Lata Mangeshkar won Maharashtra State Government's Best Music Director Award for the film Sadhi Manase.


On 8 January 2022, Lata Mangeshkar tested positive for COVID-19 with mild symptoms and was admitted to Breach Candy Hospital's intensive care unit in Mumbai.


Lata Mangeshkar remained in the ICU with signs of "marginal improvement" in her health.


Lata Mangeshkar died from multiple organ dysfunction syndrome on 6 February 2022, at the age of 92.


Lata Mangeshkar had undergone 28 days of constant treatment for pneumonia and COVID-19.


Lata Mangeshkar died the next day after Vasant Panchami.


On 10 February 2022, Lata Mangeshkar's ashes were immersed in the Godavari River at Ramkund, Nashik by her sister Usha and nephew Adinath Lata Mangeshkar.


Lata Mangeshkar won several awards and honours, including the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievements, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Maharashtra Bhushan Award, NTR National Award, Legion of Honour, ANR National Award, three National Film Awards and 15 Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards.


Lata Mangeshkar was later awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993 and Filmfare Special Awards in 1994 and 2004.


Lata Mangeshkar was included in the 'In Memoriam' segment at the 2022 British Academy Film and Television Awards.


Lata Mangeshkar was 84th on Rolling Stone's list of the 200 Greatest Singers of All Time, published on January 1,2023.


Lata Mangeshkar received honorary doctorates from the Sangeet Natak Akademi in 1989, Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya, Khairagarh, and Shivaji University in Kolhapur.


Lata Mangeshkar's record was contested by Mohammed Rafi, who was claimed to have sung around 28,000 songs.


Lata Mangeshkar stated that she did not keep a record of the number of songs she recorded, and that she did not know from where Guinness Book editors got their information.