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 Mala Sinha to Hema Malini and Madhuri Dixit. 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), ” Chalte Chalte’’( 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.
Labh Janjua Hindi Actor

Labh Janjua

Labh Januja is a talented Bhangra singer. Born in a Jaat family of Punjab, he is a resident in the city of Khanna, in the Ludhiana district of Punjab, India. He also works as a hip-hop singer, and recently, as an actor. He is a songwriter too. His works were much celebrated in the 80’s. Bollywood star Jackie Shroff has called up Labh Januja and made him come to Mumbai in the year 2005, where the works of the Punjabi singer began glowing, under his own name, in the following few years. Labh Januja has given a lot of hits in Bollywood but his 'Mundian To Bach Ke' was the actual Tandoori Mix number that gave him the much acclaimed Golden Bhangra singer spot. This was a 2002 re release, the Punjabi MC remixing it in 1998. The song in the movie ‘Hattrick’ was 2007 ‘Rabba Khair Kare’ is but another of his hits. Two more of his honorable mention hits are ‘Jee Karda’ from the movie ‘Singh Is Kinng’ 2008, and ‘Talli Hua’ also from the same movie. But after the year 2008, the singer took a light pause from the Music Industry. ‘London Thumakada’, the song from the movie ‘Queen’ 2014, is the hit that came after 2008. Before entering Bollywood, Januja gained his musical interests from his grandfather at a very young age. His father was not appreciative of his son’s newly found interest in music. So Januja left home and joined a local music director, Shri Jaswant Bhamra. He worked for him for 3 years and has released cassettes locally. His audiocassettes grew to be a major hit in Punjab, making Januja the ‘Bhangra star of Punjab’ and he has released more than 15 to 20 audiocassettes, under the era. Labh Januja have done a few collaborations internationally, including England and Canada, but today he is skeptical about doing future international collaborations. His success has made him to sign in films. According to him, he is doing acting roles in movies, which include ‘London Di Heer’, a Punjabi movie produced and directed by Surinder Walia, and ‘Kudi 420’, which is another Punjabi movie. He has stated in an interview that he has landed himself a role in another movie, ‘Tera Band Bajega Pakka’, and that he is playing a villain in the next movie of Bubby Beniwal. He has also sung in movies like, ‘Garam Masala’ 2005, the song ‘Chori Chori’ Part 2, ‘Dhol’ 200 7 the songs, ‘Dhol Bajake’ and ‘Dhol Bajake 2’, ‘Singh is Kinng’ 2008 the songs ‘Jee Karda’ and ‘Talli Hua’, ‘Krazzy 4’ 2008 - the song, ‘Ik Rupiya’, ‘Dev. D’2009)  the song ‘Mahi Menu’, and the songs in the Punjabi movie, ‘Luv U Bobby’ 2009.

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Lesle Lewis

Lesle Lewis can be counted among one of the pioneers of Indian composers to make the Indian audiences familiar with Rock and Pop music. Lesle Lewis is the co-composer of  Colonial Cousins, along with the esteemed ghazal singer Hariharan. In the late nineties, Lesle launched a music company and began carving out a career in jingles composing. He composed for some of the leading television networks, and it was during Lewis's jingles career that the idea of Colonial Cousins was conceived. The coke studio torchbearer has also assisted Asha Bhonsle in the rendition of  India's 1st Remix album and has simultaneously composed for the golden voice of India’s  album named “Janam Samjha Karo”. In an interview, the erstwhile Colonial Cousin talked about his maiden venture of Coke Studio and the hardships and setbacks he had to face. He said that composing 61 songs in 45 days was a landmark in his career, and he could not do it again as he was not driven. In 2003, Lewis stated that he had an image with the public as a person who remixes a lot. Hence, he neglected remixes and focused on original compositions and also his tag Colonial Cousins. With a motive to give the audiences a taste of varied music flavours, Lesle has been successful in keeping his originality intact with advertisement jingles, film music and other forms of modern music. He is also hoping to create a new identity for himself as a solo composer, besides the already-achieved tag of an ad-jingle maker, composer and music director.

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Lesle Lewis Hindi Actor