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30,000 Songs, Bharat Ratna, & a Struggle to Elevate Playback Singers


Lata Mangeshkar, the ‘Nightingale of Bollywood’ has handed away on the morning of 6 February 2022.

The veteran singer was admitted to a Mumbai hospital in early January this 12 months after she examined optimistic for Covid-19 and was additionally identified with pneumonia. She was born in 1929 and was 92 years previous.

In a profession spanning seven a long time, Lata Mangeshkar recorded over 27,000 songs in 36 regional and overseas languages. Lata Didi, as she was respectfully identified, was additionally bestowed with a number of prestigious awards together with the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award. Didi was the second vocalist to ever obtain it, after M S Subbulakshmi.

With melodious and soulful hits like Dafli Wale, Pyar Kiya Toh Darna Kya, Dil To Pagal Hai, Luka Chupi, Lata Didi enraptured the nation together with her capability to sing within the uncommon third octave.

However do you know Lata Didi’s unique identify is Hema? She was renamed Lata primarily based on a personality ‘Latika’ from her father’s play, BhaawBandhan.

Lata didi was born right into a household of artists. Her father, Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar, was a classical singer and theatre actor, who found her singing expertise.

Deenanath ran a theatre firm that produced musical performs the place Lata began performing by the age of 5.

Lata’s capability to sing Raag Puriya Dhanashree helped him uncover her singing expertise. Talking to Stardust, she recalled, “It so occurred that when my father requested his shagird (disciple) to practise a raag whereas he completed some work. I used to be enjoying close by and instantly a observe of the raag that shagird was rendering, jarred. And the following minute, I used to be correcting him. When my father returned, he found a shagird in his personal daughter.”

Lata’s father stated to her mom, “We have now a singer at residence. We by no means knew it.”

At 5, Lata began working as an actress in her father’s Marathi musical performs, often known as ‘Sangeet Natak’.

Lataji discovered music from stalwarts like Aman Ali Khan Sahib and Amanat Khan, aside from her father. She recorded her first track in 1942 for the Marathi movie, Kiti Hasaal; but it surely by no means noticed the sunshine of day, because it was edited from the movie. The track was known as Naachu Yaa Gade, Khelu Saari Mani. Though Natali Chaitraachi Navalaai is called her Marathi track debut.

The oldest of 5 siblings–Meena, Asha, Usha and Hridaynath, Lata shouldered the monetary duty of the household after her father’s loss of life in 1942.

When she first entered the movie trade as a playback singer, she was rejected. On the time, singers like Noor Jehan and Shamshad Begum dominated the roost. She was informed her voice was ‘too skinny’ for the time, compared to the heavy-nasal voices that belted hits.

Her main break got here in 1949, with the track Aayega Aanewala from the movie Mahal. She turned a sensation in a single day with the track that not many can muster the braveness to croon.

Her fame has hardly dimmed ever since.

Famously, in 1962, when Lata Didi sang Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon to salute the martyrs of the warfare in opposition to China, PM Nehru informed her she had moved him to tears.

The legendary singer’s fame goes far past the shores. In 1974, Didi grew to become the primary Indian to carry out within the Royal Albert Corridor, London. She has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by six universities, together with the New York College.

France conferred its highest civilian award (Officer of the Legion of Honour) on Didi in 2007.

In 1999, the fragrance Lata Eau de Parfum was launched in her honour. Didi additionally designed a group known as Swaranjali for an Indian diamond export firm, Adora. 5 items from this assortment, when auctioned at Christie’s, earned £105,000 which Didi generously donated to the reduction fund for the Kashmir earthquake in 2005.

Her final recorded track was in 2015 for an Indo-Pak homosexual love story. From 1942 to 2015, she labored as a playback singer for 73 years.

Maybe her legend could be summed up within the following anecdote – when questioned about his inspiration to make music, an city legend says composer SD Burman allegedly replied, “Give me a harmonium, give me Lata (Mangeshkar), and I’ll make music.”

We share our deep condolences for this loss to the nation.




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