Lata’s name has come in the Guinness Book of Records as the singer of the highest number of songs. She has already sung over 30,000 songs in a variety of languages.
She is recipient of many awards and honours both within the country and abroad. The Government of India has conferred on her the title of ‘Padma Shri’. The Government of Madhya Pradesh has instituted an annual award of ₹ 1 Lakh in her name. She has also received the prestigious ‘Filmfare Award’ for best singer many times. ‘Dadasaheb Phalke Award’ was conferred upon her in the year 1989 and ‘Rajiv Gandhi Sadhbhavana Award’ in 1997. Her hit songs of the films Anarkali, Mughul-E-Azam, Bees Saal Baad, Amar Prem, Mehbooba, Sangam, Jurmana, Arpan, Ek Duje Ke Liya, Ram Teri Ganga Maili etc. are worth mentioning. The songs sung by Lata in the films ‘1942- a Love Story, Dilwale Dulhanya Le Jayenge, Dil To Pagal Hai etc’, have become enormously popular and shows that Lata’s voice has improved further in spite of her age.
Lata Mangeshkar (born September 28, 1929) is a singer from India. Focusing mainly on Hindi and Marathi film music, she is one of the world’s foremost Indian vocalists. She has sung in over twenty major Indian languages and has been deemed the Nightingale of India, an epithet also used for Sarojini Naidu and M. S. Subbulakshmi.
Mangeshkar was born in Indore, Madhya Pradesh to classical singer and theatre actor Dinanath Mangeshkar and his second wife Shudhmati Mangeshkar. The Mangeshkars were a middle-class Maharashtrian family, and were Saraswat Brahmins by caste. Lata was the firstborn child, to be followed by siblings Hridayanath Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar and Meena Mangeshkar.
Raised in Maharashtra, at the age of 5 Mangeshkar started working as an actress in several plays known as “sangeet nataks” in which her father was performing. Her father also started giving her singing lessons. Dinanath’s recitals and lessons left a strong impression on his daughter, as did the music of K. L. Saigal, who was her father’s favorite singer and her idol.