Lata Mangeshkar, the veteran playback singer had formal training in music from her father. Her father ran a theater company in Mumbai, where she began to learn music with her father’s grudging approval, and with whom she also sang a song. As her father was a conservative man, film music was not totally appreciated at her home. After the theater company was auctioned, her father died, and she assumed the financial responsibility by becoming an actress, first in Marathi and later in Hindi cinema, but in acting, she did not click. Later she surprised everyone with one of her solo number (Aayega Aanewaala) from the movie Mahal released in 1949. The song was screened on Madhubala. Finally, Lata became a singing star overnight.
Later on, Lata Mangeshkar had lent her beautiful voice to actresses for generations -- from Nargis and
. And the ladies on the screen too did ample justice to her songs. As a popular singer, she also had met many difficulties with other composers, singers and even film makers. Her rifts with Mohammad Rafi, “over loyalties’’ and Raj Kapoor, when he changed the composers for “
Satyam Shivam Sundaram
’’ is well known. Above all, she never lent her voice for O P Nayyar.
When she used to record for Bengali songs, she learnt the exact pronunciation from Salil Chowdhury. Earlier, when Dilip Kumar criticised Lata for her pronunciation in Urdu, she made it a point to learn Urdu with flawless diction. Fortunately, her training in classical music and her disciplined voice started to fetch her playback assignments; she became the nightingale of India.
She is popular for lilting melodies like “'Aaja Re Pardesi’’( Madhumati), '’Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya’’( Mughal-e-Azam), ”
’’( Pakeezha), “Lag Ja Gale”( Woh Kaun Thi), “AAj Phir Jine Ki Tamanna Hai” (Guide), and “Satyam Shivam Sundaram”. She has sung all kinds of songs in her long career, including romantic numbers (Tu Jahan Jahan Chalega), cabaret numbers (Aa Jane Jaa), and even naughty ones( Bahon Mein Chale Aao).
Lata Mangeshkar was born on the 29th September 1928 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India. Her first guru was her father. With a total of more than 26,000 songs that she had sung in all Indian languages, her name exists in the Guinness World Records.