Thursday, October 21, 2021

No Full Stops @ 90

The nightingale gets set for some more recording sessions as she turns 90 today (September 28)

Fondly addressed as Didi, Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar isn’t going to rest easy as she celebrates her birthday today.

Born into a family of artistes on 28 September 1929,  Mangeshkar began acting in Marathi musical plays at her father, Deenath Mangeshkar Theatre Company.

Didi’s original name was Hema and was renamed Lata based on a character ‘Latika’ from her father’s play Bhaaw Bandhan. At the age of 13, after the demise of her father in 1942 young Lata shouldered the financial responsibilities of her family. Lataji moved to Mumbai in 1945.

Lataji had a rocky start as her voice was considered too thin and sharp. Hence she would often imitate Noor Jahan to satisfy music directors. She was then mentored by music director Ghulam Haider and under his guidance, she got her first recognition in 1948. The song ‘Ayega Anewala’ from the film Mahal in 1949 became a hit and her career took off from there. She began to work with all major music directors and playback singers of the time. In 1958 she won her first Filmfare Award as a playback singer for ‘Aaja Re Pardeshi’ from the film Madhumati.

We had the privilege to interview her in our first issue where she has shared about her life, work, passion and her relations with the contemporaries where we were introduced to a different side of Lata Didi. To read more  Click Here

To Wish Lata Didi on her birthday, leave a comment below. 

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  1. Didi Many many happy returns of the day Happy birthday to you let all your wishes come true stay blessed yours friendly Rajshekar balaji

  2. Lataji
    Wish you many more happy returns of the day have a great day and wonderful year ahead God bless you and your family. A day is not gone without listening to your melodious voice

  3. Didi, Many More Happy Returns on your very special Day today and in the beginning of the 90th birthday. May you be blessed with good health and have many sweet memories in this special day. May All your dreams come true.


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