The Nightingale of India Lata Mangeshkar Turns 86

Mumbai:Sept 28; Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar, who has lent her golden voice for over seven decades, turns a year older today as she celebrates her 86th birthday. The Bharat Ratna recipient has not only sung Hindi songs but has also recorded songs in regional and foreign languages.

In a career spanning over six decades, Lata has crooned for over 1000 films in as many as 36 languages. From Madhubala to Meena Kumari, Nutan to Tanuja, Vyjantimala to Asha Parekh, Hema Malini to Rekha, Sridevi to Madhuri Dixit, Karishma Kapoor to Kareena Kapoor, Lata has lent her mesmerising voice for all these screen divas.

Starting her career at the age of 13 in 1942 with Marathi songs, Lata first ventured into Hindi movies with the song 'Paa lagoon kar jori' for Vasant Joglekar's movie 'Aap Ki Seva Mein' in 1946.

Two years later, composer Ghulam Haider gave Lata her first major break with the song 'Dil mera toda' in 'Majboor' and after that, there was no looking back for the 'Nightingale of India' as she is fondly called.

It won't be an understatement to say that this Queen of Melody defined Hindi film music in its golden period.


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