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The family of Lata Mangeshkar
Lata Mangeshkar is one of the best singers of the Hindi film industry. Lata Mangeshkar is the elder sister of singers Asha Bhosle, Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar, and Meena Mangeshkar. She started her singing in 1942 and has spanned over seven decades. She also has the credit of having sung in over thirty-six regional Indian languages and foreign languages. She was honored with India’s highest award in cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, in 1989.
The career of Lata Mangeshkar
Lataji started her career in 1942, right after the death of her father. Her first song as a playback singer was ‘NaachuYaa Gade, Khelu Saari Mani Haus Bhaari’ for a Marathi film Kiti Hasaal with composer Sadashivrao Nevrekar. Her first Hindi song happened the next year in 1943, with ‘Mata Ek Sapoot Ki Duniya Badal De Tu’ in the movie Gajaabhaau. she worked in successful films like Baiju Bawra (1952), Mother India (1957), Devdas (1955), ChoriChori (1956) and Madhumati (1958). She won her first Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer in 1958 for the song ‘Aaja Re Pardesi’ from the film Madhumati with music director Salil Chowdhury. She made her debut in the Kannada playback industry with the song Bellane Belagayithu composed by Lakshman Berlekar from the movie Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna in 1967. She started playback singing for regional films in Tamil and Marathi. Her first song in Tamil was ‘Enthan Kannalan’ in the film Vanaradham in 1956. In Marathi films, she sang for her brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar who was a celebrated music director, in films like Jait Re Jait.
Awards and Honors
Lataji has received numerous awards and honors for her illustrious career as a playback singer. Some of the Awards she won are Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1989), Padma Vibhushan (1999), Padma Bhushan (1969), ANR National Award (2009), NTR National Award (1999), and Maharashtra Bhushan Award (1997). She won 3 National Film Awards (1972, 1974, 1990), and 12 Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards (1964, 1967-1973, 1975, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1991). She has also won the Filmfare Awards for Best Female Playback Singer four times (1958, 1962, 1965, 1969, 1993, 1994). She was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993. She was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s Highest Civilian Award in 2001.
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