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Happy Birthday melody queen Lata Mangeshkar

Lata Mangeshkar has being rightfully labelled the ‘Nightangle of India’ or the melody queen. Mangeshkar has been the soulful voice that has echoed in the hearts and minds of over the last seven decades. Lata Mangeshkar would arguably go down as the greatest playback singer India ever had. There were many great playback singers who enthralled music buffs with their melodious voices but the connect which 'Lataji' established with the Indian film diaspora is unparalleled. Mangeshkar collaborated with the legendary music directors like Shankar Jaikishen, Laxmikant Pyarelal, SD Burman and AR Rehman who brought the best out of the melody queen. Lata sang some beautiful duets with fellow singing maestro's like Mohammed Rafi, Mukesh and Kishore Kumar which turned out to be the success formula for many Bollywood blockbusters. Lata was versatile enough to lend her voice to leading Bollywood ladies, right from the days of Nargis, Madhubala, Waheeda Rehman, Hema Mailini and Kajol to name a few…. For her excellence in her field of singing, she was bestowed with the country’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna in 2001. She won the Padma Bhushan in 1969 and Padma Vibhushan in 1999.

News Nation Bureau | Updated : 28 September 2016, 09:27:22 AM
Happy Birthday melody queen, Lata Mangeshkar turns 87

Happy Birthday melody queen, Lata Mangeshkar turns 87

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The legendary playback singer Lata Mangeshkar tried her hand at acting from 1942 to 1948 but it never proved to be her forte. Music always took centre stage above all her other interests in life.

Happy Birthday melody queen, Lata Mangeshkar turns 87

Happy Birthday melody queen, Lata Mangeshkar turns 87

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Lata Mangeshkar has being rightfully labelled the ‘Nightangle of India’. Mangeshkar has been the soulful voice that has echoed in the hearts and minds of over the last seven decades.  Lata Mangeshkar would arguably go down as the greatest playback singer India ever had. There were many great playback singers who enthralled music buffs with their melodious voices but the connect which 'Lataji' established with the Indian film diaspora is unparalleled. 

Mangeshkar collaborated with the legendary music directors like Shankar Jaikishen, Laxmikant Pyarelal, SD Burman and AR Rehman who brought the best out of the melody queen.  

Here are five lesser known facts about the Melody Queen Lata Mangeshkar - 

The Indian legendary playback singer  Lata Mangeshkar was born as Hema Mangeshkar but had her name changed to Lata after a character named Latika in one of her father Deenanath Mangeshkar’s plays.

Happy Birthday melody queen, Lata Mangeshkar turns 87

Happy Birthday melody queen, Lata Mangeshkar turns 87

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It is a well-known fact that on hearing Lata Mangeshkar sing the famous patriotic song ‘Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon’ in 1962, the then Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru could not control his emotions and teared up.

Happy Birthday melody queen, Lata Mangeshkar turns 87,

Happy Birthday melody queen, Lata Mangeshkar turns 87,

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In 1974, Lata Mangeshkar added another feather to her cap by becoming the first Indian to perform at the well renowned Royal Albert Hall in London.

Happy Birthday melody queen, Lata Mangeshkar turns 87

Happy Birthday melody queen, Lata Mangeshkar turns 87

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The melody queen Lata Mangeshkar held the Guiness World Record for the ‘Most recorded artist’ in the world from 1974 to 1991. Her versatile sister Asha Bhonsle currently holds that record.