Lata Mangeshkar Family, Wedding Pics | Age, Biography, Height, Wiki, Husband, Daughter, Son
Indian playback singer
Born: September 28, 1929 (age 88 years), Indore, India
Awards: Bharat Ratna, Padma Bhushan, MORE
Siblings: Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar, Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Meena Khadikar
Movies: Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, Bewafaa, Pakeezah, Lekin
Lata Mangeshkar (About this sound pronunciation (help·info)) (born 28 September 1929) is an Indian playback singer and occasional music composer. She is one of the best-known and most respected playback singers in India.
She has recorded songs for over a thousand Hindi films and has sung songs in over thirty-six regional Indian languages and foreign languages, though primarily in Marathi and Hindi.
She is the recipient of three National Film Awards, 12 Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards, four Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards, two Filmfare Special Awards, Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award and many more. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award was bestowed on her in 1989 by the Government of India.
She is also the second vocalist, after M. S. Subbulakshmi, to have ever been awarded the Bharat Ratna in 2001, India’s highest civilian honour. She was the first Indian to perform in Royal Albert Hall in 1974. She was conferred France’s highest civilian award (Officer of the Legion of Honour) in 2007.
She has four siblings—Asha Bhosle, Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar and Meena Mangeshkar—of which she is the eldest.
Real Name Lata Mangeshkar
Nickname The Nightingale of Bollywood
Profession Indian playback singer
Physical Stats & More
Height in centimeters- 155 cm
in meters- 1.55 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 1”
Weight (approx.) in Kilograms- 63 kg
in Pounds- 139 lbs
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Salt & Pepper
Category Playback Singing
Music Teacher(s) Deenanath Mangeshkar (father)
Ustad Amanat Ali Khan
Amanat Khan Devaswale
Pandit Tulsidas Sharma
Debut Hindi Song- “Mata Ek Sapoot Ki Duniya Badal De Tu;” Film- Gajaabhaau (Marathi, 1943)
Awards/Honours National Film Awards
1972: Best Female Playback Singer for songs of the film Paricha
1974: Best Female Playback Singer for songs of the film Kora Kagaz
1990: Best Female Playback Singer for songs of the film Lekin…
1959: Best Female Playback Singer for the song- “Aaja Re Pardesi” from Madhumati
1963: Best Female Playback Singer for the song- “Kahi Deep Jale Kahi Dil” from Bees Saal Baad
1966: Best Female Playback Singer for the song- “Tumhi Mere Mandir Tumhi Meri Pooja” from Khandan
1970: Best Female Playback Singer for the song- “Aap Mujhe Achhe Lagne Lage” from Jeene Ki Raah
1994: Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
1995: Filmfare Special Award for “Didi Tera Devar Deewana” from Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!
Maharashtra State Film Awards
1966: Best Playback Singer for Sadhi Mansa
1977: Best Playback Singer for Jait Re Jait
1997: Maharashtra Bhushan Award
2001: Maharashtra Ratna (First Recipient)
Government of India Awards
1969: Padma Bhushan
1989: Dada Saheb Phalke Award
1999: Padma Vibhushan
2001: Bharat Ratna
2008: “One Time Award for Lifetime Achievement” honour to commemorate the 60th anniversary of India’s independence
Note: Along with these, she has many other awards, honours, achievements to her name
Date of Birth 28 September 1929
Age (as in 2017) 88 Years
Birth Place Indore, Indore State, Central India Agency, British India
Zodiac sign/Sun sign Libra
Hometown Mumbai, India
School Attended a Catholic School in Orbassano, a town near Turin, Italy
College Bell Educational Trust’s language school, Cambridge City, England
Educational Qualifications Not Known
Family Father- Deenanath Mangeshkar
Lata Mangeshkar With Her Father
Mother- Shevanti Mangeshkar
Lata Mangeshkar With Her Mother
Brother- Hridaynath Mangeshkar (younger)
Sisters- Usha Mangeshkar (younger), Asha Bhosle (younger), Meena khadikar (younger)
Lata Mangeshkar With Her Sisters And Brother
Hobbies Watching Cricket, Riding Bicycles
• At one point in time, differences arose between Lata Mangeshkar & Mohammad Rafi over the royalty issue as Lata wanted a share in the music albums while Rafi advocated for the salary only.
• Differences also arose between Lata and S. D. Burman and for 7 years they refused to work with each other.
Favourite Food Spicy Foods, Coca Cola
Favourite Politician Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Favourite Actor(s) Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Dev Anand
Favourite Actresse(s) Nargis, Meena Kumari
Favourite Music Director(s) Ghulam Haidar, Madan Mohan, Laxmikant Pyarelal, A. R. Rahman
Favourite Film Kismet (1943), James Bond Films
Favourite Sports Cricket
Favourite Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Favourite Destination Los Angeles
Boys, Affairs and More
Marital Status Unmarried
Affairs/Boyfriends Bhupen Hazarika (Lyricist)
Car(s) Mercedes Benz
Net Worth (approx.) $10 million (as in 2016)
Some Lesser Known Facts About Lata Mangeshkar
She was born to a Marathi speaking family- Deenanath Mangeshkar and Shevanti (Shubhamati) in the princely state of Indore which was a part of Central India Agency (now Madhya Pradesh).
Her father was a theatre actor and classical singer.
Her mother, Shevanti, was Deenanath’s 2nd wife.
Her father, Deenanath, changed the surname of the family from Hardikar to Mangeshkar as he wanted to identify his family with their native town- Mangeshi in Goa.
When Lata was born, she was named Hema which her parents later renamed as Lata which was a female character Latika in one of her father’s plays- BhaawBandhan.
Her 1st Public performance was in 1938 at Nutan Theater, Sholapur where she sang Raag Khambavati and 2 Marathi songs.
Lata started working as an actress at the age of 5 in her father’s musical plays- Sangeet Natak in Marathi.
She went to school for only one day. It is said that on the very 1st day of her school, she brought her younger sister, Asha, and started teaching music to other students and when teachers intervened, she was so furious that she stopped going to the school. Lata Mangeshkar Childhood Photo
When she was 13 years old, her father died of heart disease in 1942, and after her father’s death, one of the close friends of the Mangeshkar family- Master Vinayak (Vinayak Damodar Karnataki) took care of her family and helped her start a career as an actress and singer.
She sang her 1st song- Naachu Yaa Gade, Khelu Saari Mani Haus Bhaari for the Marathi film- Kiti Hasaal in 1942, however, the song was later dropped from the final cut.
She sang her debut song- Natali Chaitraachi Navalaai for the Marathi film- Pahili Mangalaa-gaur in 1942.
Her 1st Hindi song was- Mata Ek Sapoot Ki Duniya Badal De Tu for the Marathi film- Gajaabhaau in 1943.
Lata moved to Mumbai in 1945.
She played a minor role along with her sister Asha in Master Vinayak’s 1st Hindi film- Badi Maa (1945).
When Ghulam Haidar (music director) introduced Lata to producer Sashadhar Mukherjee, who was making a film- Shaheed (1948), Mukherjee dismissed Lata’s voice as “too thin;” to this Haidar responded- “in coming years producers and directors would “fall at Lata’s feet” and “beg her” to sing in their movies.”
Lata’s 1st breakthrough hit song was- Dil Mera Toda, Mujhe Kahin Ka Na Chhora from the film- Majboor (1948).
In an interview, Lata Mangeshkar declared that Ghulam Haidar was her true Godfather who trusted her talent. Lata Mangeshkar Mentor Ghulam Haidar
It is said that initially she imitated the acclaimed singer- Noor Jehan, but later she developed her own singing style.
When Dilip Kumar (actor) remarked about her Maharashtrian accent while singing Urdu/Hindi songs, she took lessons in Urdu from an Urdu teacher- Shafi.
She became wide-popular after the song- Aayega Aanewala from the movie- Mahal (1949). The song is considered one of the toughest songs to sing in the music fraternity, and it is said that nobody can sing this song as beautifully as Lata has sung.
In 1956, her song- Rasik Balma from the movie- Chori Chori won Filmfare award for the best song. Since Filmfare Awards were introduced in 1958 and also there was no category for Playback Singers, she could not get the award, and after her protest, the category was included in 1958.
Lata won her 1st Filmfare Award for the Best Playback Singer for the song- Aaja Re Pardesi from the movie- Madhumati (1958). She monopolized the Filmfare awards for the Best Playback Female Singer from 1958 to 1966, and it was stopped in 1969 only when she gave up Filmfare awards in an unusual gesture to promote fresh talents.
She won her 1st National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer for songs in the film- Parichay (1972).
She also holds the record for the oldest winner (age 61) of National Film Award in the category of Best Female Playback Singer for the movie- Lekin (1990).
She was given slow poison in early 1962, and after that, she was bed-ridden for almost 3 months.
On 27 January 1963, Lata sang a patriotic song- Aye Mere Watan Ke logo against the backdrop of Sino-India war. The song brought Jawaharlal Nehru (the then Prime Minister of India) to tears.
Lata sang a maximum number of songs (712) for Music Director- Laxmikant Pyarelal.
She composed music for the 1st time in 1955 for a Marathi film- Ram Ram Pavhana. Ram Ram Pavhana
She has also produced 4 films- Vadai (Marathi 1953), Jhaanjhar (Hindi 1953), Kanchan (Hindi 1955) and Lekin (1990).
In 2001, she was awarded India’s highest civilian award- Bharat Ratna. Lata Mangeshkar With Bharat Ratna
Madhya Pradesh Government and Maharashtra Government have instituted Lata Mangeshkar Award in 1984 and 1992 respectively.
She hates doing makeup.
In an interview, she revealed that meeting K L Saigal and singing for Dilip Kumar is her unfulfilled desires.
She has sung more than 50000 songs in 14 different languages.