Mumbai: One of the most loved and revered singers, Lata Mangeshkar began singing at the tender age of 13 and in a career spanning over 73 years numerous A-listers have lip-synced to her chartbusters. Often known as Queen of melody, her songs are still loved across generations. And today the legend celebrates her 91st birthday.
Born as Hema and later renamed as Lata, she came from a family of performers. Her father ran a theatre company and the Mangeshkar sisters grew up in awe of music. By pursuing singing, the sisters wanted to carry forward their father’s rich legacy. They were classically trained.
They later went on to rule the music industry. Film magazines like Stardust had a name for it – the “Mangeshkar monopoly.” Between Lata and her younger sister and media-pitted rival Asha Bhosle, there was hardly any space for the third woman standing.
Lata Mangeshkar has been conferred with three National Film Awards, six Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards, a Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award and numerous accolades. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award was bestowed on her by the Government of India in 1989. To recognise her contributions to the nation, Lata was honoured with the Bharat Ratna and has also been a recipient of the coveted Officer of the Legion of Honour by France in 2007.