Lata Mangeshkar Bio, Wiki, Age, Height, Weight, Family, Facts & More

Who is Lata Mangeshkar?

Lata Mangeshkar was an Indian singer and songwriter. She is widely regarded as one of India’s best and most influential singer. Her contributions to the Indian music industry throughout a seven-decade career earned her honorific titles such as Nightingale of India and Queen of Melody.

Lata has recorded songs in approximately thirty-six Indian languages and a few other languages, the majority of which were in Hindi and Marathi. Throughout her career, she garnered several awards and distinctions. The Government of India presented the Dadasaheb Phalke Award on her in 1987. In 2001, she was granted the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor, in appreciation of her achievements to the country. She is only the second female vocalist to earn this honour, following M. S. Subbulakshmi. In 2007, France bestowed upon her the highest civilian honour, Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honour.

She received three National Film Awards, 15 Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards, four Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards, two Filmfare Special Awards, a Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award, and several other honours. She was the first Indian to perform in London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1974.

Lata Mangeshkar Death and Illness

Lata Mangeshkar was hospitalized to Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital’s acute care unit on January 8, 2022, after testing positive with COVID-19 with minimal symptoms. With symptoms of “minimal improvement” in her health, she remained in the ICU. Her physicians had removed her off the ventilator on January 28th after her health had “marginally improved,” but she was back on it on February 5th after her health had worsened and she was having “intensive treatment.”

She died of Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome at the age of 92 on February 6, 2022 at IST 8:12 A.M., after enduring 28 days of COVID-19 therapy. The Indian government has declared a two-day national mourning period, with the national flag flying at half-mast throughout the country from February 6 to 7. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and a number of Union Ministers and Chief Ministers are among those in attendance. Many members of the Indian music and film industries, celebrities, fans, and internet users have conveyed their sympathies. In the 1st ODI between India and the West Indies, Indian cricketers donned black armbands to commemorate Mangeshkar’s death. Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka, and Pakistani Minister Fawad Chaudhry all offered their condolences on her death.

On the same day, Mangeshkar’s last rites and cremation were performed with full state honors in Mumbai’s Shivaji Park. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray also offered floral tributes and expressed their condolences. Asha Bhosle, Mangeshkar’s sister, Devendra Fadnavis, Sharad Pawar, Shah Rukh Khan, Shraddha Kapoor, Sachin Tendulkar, and other dignitaries and family members attended.

Lata Mangeshkar Personal Life/Early Life

Lata Mangeshkar was born in Indore in 1929, the oldest daughter of Marathi and Konkani musician Deenanath Mangeshkar and his wife Shevanti. Deenanath Mangeshkar, her father, was a classical vocalist and stage performer. Shevanti (later called Shudhamati), a Gujarati woman from Thalner, Bombay Presidency (now in northwest Maharashtra), was Deenanath’s second wife; Shevanti’s older sister was Narmada, who had died.

Lata’s paternal grandfather, Ganesh Bhatt Navathe Hardikar (Abhisheki), was a priest who performed the Shiva lingam abhishekam at the Mangueshi Temple in Goa, and her paternal grandmother, Yesubai Rane, was also from Goa; and Lata’s maternal grandfather was the Gujarati businessman Seth Haridas Ramdas Lad, a prosperous businessman and landlord of Thalner; and Manges

Deenanath used the surname Mangeshkar to associate his family with his hometown of Mangeshi, Goa. Lata was given the name “Hema” at birth. Her parents dubbed her Lata after a female character named Latika in one of her father’s plays. Lata was the family’s eldest child. Her siblings include Meena, Asha, Usha, and Hridaynath, who are also excellent singers and musicians.

Her father gave Lata her first music lesson. She began working as an actor in her father’s musical productions when she was five years old (Sangeet Natak in Marathi). She left school on her first day of school because they wouldn’t let her bring her younger sister Asha with her, as she frequently did.

Lata Mangeshkar Relationship Status

She is not married, but she was reportedly romantically connected to music director Bhupen Hazarika.

Name Lata Mangeshkar
Real Name Hema Mangeshkar
Nick Name ‘Swar Kokila’ (The
Nightingale of Bollywood)
Birth Date 28 September 1929
Age (As of 2021) 92 Years
Birth Place Indore, Indore State,
Central India Agency,
British India
Gender Female
Nationality Indian
Hometown Mumbai, India
Religion Hinduism
Ethnicity Maharashtrian
Profession Playback Singer
Zodiac Sign Libra
Hobbies Singing, Watching Cricket,
Riding Bicycles
Debut Appearance Hindi Song- “Mata Ek Sapoot
Ki Duniya Badal De Tu;” Film-
Gajaabhaau (Marathi, 1943)
Political Inclination “I am not linked with any political
party,” she stated in an interview.


Category Playback Singing
Music Teacher Amanat Khan Devaswale

Ghulam Haidar

Deenanath Mangeshkar (father)

Ustad Amanat Ali Khan

Pandit Tulsidas Sharma

Net Worth $16 million approx.

Physical Appearance

Height(Approx) In feet & inches: 5’ 1”

In centimters: 155 cm

Weight(Approx) In kilograms: 55 kg

In pounds: 121 lbs

Hair Color Salt & Pepper
Eye Color Black

Family Background, Education

Father Name Deenanath Mangeshkar
(Marathi theatre actor,
musician, and vocalist)
Mother Name Shevanti Mangeshkar
(sister of Deenanath Mangeshkar’s
first wife Narmada)
Siblings Brother- Hridaynath Mangeshkar
(younger; music director)

Sisters- Usha Mangeshkar
(younger, playback singer),
Meena Khadikar (younger;
playback singer and composer),
Asha Bhosle (younger, playback singer)

School School Drop-out
College N/A
Education Qualification She attended a school in
Mumbai; only for a
single day

Boyfriend, Husband Marriage

Marital Status Unmarried
Boyfriend Bhupen Hazarika
Husband/Spouse None
Children None

Favorite Things & Assets

Favorite Actor Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan,
Dev Anand
Favorite Actresse Nargis, Meena Kumari
Favorite TV Show Not Known
Favorite Film Kismet (1943),
James Bond Films
Favorite Book(s) Not Known
Favorite Comic Character Not Known
Favorite Food Spicy Foods, Coca Cola
Favorite Politician Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Favorite Music Director Ghulam Haidar, Madan Mohan,
Laxmikant Pyarelal,
A. R. Rahman
Favorite Sports Cricket
Favorite Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Car Collection Mercedes Benz

Social Media Accounts

Instagram Lata Mangeshkar
Twitter Lata Mangeshkar


Career Highlights

In the 1940s, she began his career

Mangeshkar’s father died of heart illness when she was 13 years old, in 1942. They were looked after by Master Vinayak (Vinayak Damodar Karnataki), the proprietor of the Navyug Chitrapat movie business and a close friend of the Mangeshkar family. He aided her in beginning her career as a singer and actor.

She sang the song “Naachu Yaa Gade, Khelu Saari Mani Haus Bhaari” for Vasant Joglekar’s Marathi film Kiti Hasaal (1942), which was composed by Sadashivrao Nevrekar, but it was removed from the final cut. Vinayak provided her a brief part in Navyug Chitrapat’s Marathi film Pahili Mangalaa-gaur (1942), in which she performed Dada Chandekar’s composition “Natali Chaitraachi Navalaai.” “Mata Ek Sapoot Ki Duniya Badal De Tu” for the Marathi film Gajaabhaau was her debut Hindi song (1943).

When Master Vinayak’s firm relocated its headquarters to Mumbai in 1945, she went there as well. Ustad Aman Ali Khan of the Bhindibazaar Gharana began teaching her Hindustani classical music. For Vasant Joglekar’s Hindi-language film Aap Ki Seva Mein (1946), she performed “Paa Lagoon Kar Jori,” which was written by Datta Davjekar.

Rohini Bhate, who subsequently became a well-known classical dancer, performed the dance in the film. In Vinayak’s debut Hindi-language film, Badi Maa, Lata and her sister Asha had tiny parts (1945). Lata also sung a bhajan in the film, “Maata Tere Charnon Mein.” During the recording of Vinayak’s second Hindi-language film, Subhadra, she met music director Vasant Desai (1946).

Ghulam Haider, the music director, groomed her as a vocalist after Vinayak’s death in 1948. He brought Lata to producer Sashadhar Mukherjee, who was working on the film Shaheed (1948) at the time, but Mukherjee disregarded her voice as “too thin.” Producers and directors will “fall at Lata’s feet” and “ask her” to sing in their movies in the future years, said an irritated Haider. Haider gave Lata her first break with the song “Dil Mera Toda, Mujhe Kahin Ka Na Chhora” in the movie Majboor (1948), which became her first big breakthrough cinema success (lyrics by Nazim Panipati).

In a September 2013 interview on her 84th birthday, Lata herself said, “Ghulam Haider is, without a doubt, my Godfather. He was the first music director to believe in my abilities completely.”

She is supposed to have begun by imitating the renowned vocalist Noor Jehan, but she eventually established her own style of singing. She gave Indian cinema music a new characteristic style of singing, breaking away from mehfil-type performances to fit both’modern’ and ‘traditional’ female heroines. She possessed enough weight in her voice to give definitive structure to the melody of Indian cinema songs, while having a soprano range voice with less volume or amplitude. Despite having weak colaratura abilities in her early career, she improved her tone and pitch as her playback career evolved.

The lyrics of Hindi film songs are mostly written by Urdu poets and feature a larger percentage of Urdu vocabulary, including dialogue. She got Urdu lessons from an Urdu instructor called Shafi after actor Dilip Kumar made a somewhat negative comment about her accent while performing Hindi/Urdu songs. Noor Jehan had heard her as a youngster and advised her to practice a lot, she stated in later interviews. For many years after that, the two remained in contact. “Aayega Aanewaala,” a song from the movie Mahal (1949) created by music director Khemchand Prakash and lip-synced on screen by actress Madhubala, was one of her first significant successes.


In the 1950s, Mangeshkar sang songs composed by a variety of composers, including Anil Biswas (in films such as Tarana (1951) and Heer (1956)), Shankar Jaikishan, Naushad Ali, S. D. Burman, Sardul Singh Kwatra, Amarnath, Husanlal, and Bhagatram (in films such as Bari Behen (1949), Meena Bazaar (1950), Aadhi Raat. For the 1955 Sri Lankan film Seda Sulang, she performed “Sri Lanka, Ma Priyadara Jaya Bhumi,” a Sinhala ballad. She made her Tamil playback singing debut in 1956 with the Tamil song “Enthan Kannalan” for Nimmi in the dubbed version created by Naushad for the film “Vanaradham” (Uran Khotala dubbed in Tamil).

For Naushad, she sung several raga-based songs in films including Deedar (1951), Baiju Bawra (1952), Amar (1954), Uran Khatola (1955), and Mother India (1957). Her debut song for composer Naushad was Ae Chorre Ki Jaat Badi Bewafa, a duet with G. M. Durrani. Shankar–Jaikishan picked Lata for Barsaat (1949), Aah (1953), Shree 420 (1955), and Chori Chori (1959), among other films (1956). S. D. Burman picked her as the principal female vocalist in his musical compositions for Sazaa (1951), House No. 44 (1955), and Devdas (1957) before 1957. (1955). Burman and her had a falling out in 1957, and she didn’t perform his works again until 1962.

For Salil Chowdhury’s composition “Aaja Re Pardesi” from Madhumati, she got a Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer (1958). Albela (1951), Shin Shinkai Bublaa Boo (1952), Anarkali (1953), Pehli Jhhalak (1954), Azad (1955), Aasha (1957), and Amardeep (1958) were among the films in which she collaborated with C. Ramchandra (1958). She appeared in films directed by Madan Mohan, including Baagi (1953), Railway Platform (1955), Pocketmaar (1956), Mr. Lambu (1956), Dekh Kabira Roya (1957), Adalat (1958), Jailor (1958), Mohar (1959), and Chacha Zindabad (1959).

The song “Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya” from Mangeshkar’s 1960 film Mughal-e-Azam (1960), written by Naushad and lip-synced by Madhubala, is still popular today. Shankar–Jaikishan created the Hawaiian-themed song “Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh” from Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai (1960), which Meena Kumari lip-synced. In 1961, she recorded two famous bhajans for Burman’s assistant, Jaidev: “Allah Tero Naam” and “Prabhu Tero Naam.”

She won her second Filmfare Award in 1962 for Hemant Kumar’s composition “Kahin Deep Jale Kahin Dil” from Bees Saal Baad. She sung the patriotic song “Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo” (literally, “Oh, People of My Country”) in the presence of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s Prime Minister, on January 27, 1963, against the background of the Sino-Indian War.

The song, penned by Kavi Pradeep and composed by C. Ramchandra, is claimed to have moved the Prime Minister to tears. She returned to work with S. D. Burman in 1963. She appeared in R. D. Burman’s debut film, Chhote Nawab (1961), as well as following films like Bhoot Bungla (1965), Pati Patni (1966), Baharon ki Sapne (1967), and Abhilasha (1968).

“Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai,” “Gata Rahe Mera Dil” (duet with Kishore Kumar), and “Piya Tose” from Guide (1965), “Hothon Pe Aisi Baat” from Jewel Thief (1967), and “Kitni Akeli Kitni Tanhaa” from Talash were among the famous songs she sang for S. D. Burman.  During the 1960s, she continued to work with Madan Mohan on songs such as “Aap Ki Nazron Ne Samjha” from Anpadh (1962), “Lag Jaa Gale” and “Naina Barse Rim Jhim” from Woh Kaun Thi? (1964), “Woh Chup Rahen To” from Jahan Ara (1964), “Tu Jahan Jahan Chalega” from Mera Saaya (1966), and “T. Her collaboration with Laxmikant–Pyarelal, the music directors for whom she sung the most successful songs of her career, began in the 1960s. Laxmikant–friendship Pyarelal’s with Lata Mangeshkar began in 1963 and became stronger over time.

Over the course of 35 years, she sung over 700 songs for the composer team, many of which became enormous blockbusters. She won her third Filmfare Award for her performances in Parasmani (1963), Mr. X in Bombay (1964), Aaye Din Bahar Ke (1966), Milan (1967), Anita (1967), Shagird (1968), Mere Hamdam Mere Dost (1968), Intaquam (1969), Do Raaste (1969), and Jeene Ki Raah (1969).

Under the alias Anandghan, she sung various playback songs for Marathi films, created by Marathi music directors such as Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Vasant Prabhu, Srinivas Khale, Sudhir Phadke, and herself. She also sung various Bengali songs created by music directors such as Salil Chowdhury and Hemant Kumar throughout the 1960s and 1970s. She made her Kannada debut in 1967 with two songs for music director Lakshman Berlekar’s film Kranthiveera Sangolli Rayanna.

The song “Bellane Belagayithu” garnered a lot of positive feedback. She sang duets with Kishore Kumar, Mukesh, Manna Dey, Mahendra Kapoor, and Mohammed Rafi in the 1960s. She was at odds with Mohammed Rafi for a short while in the 1960s on the subject of royalties paid to singers. She asked Rafi to support her in her claim for a half-share of the 5% song royalty that the film’s producer had agreed to pay to chosen composers. Rafi, on the other hand, had the other viewpoint, believing that a playback singer’s claim on a director stopped with the payment of the agreed-upon price for the song, resulting in difficulties between the two. They refused to sing with each other after an altercation during the recording of the song “Tasveer Teri Dil Mein” from Maya (1961). Later, Jaikishan, the music director, mediated a reconciliation between the two.


Pakeezah, Meena Kumari’s last film, was released in 1972. Popular songs like as “Chalte Chalte” and “Inhi Logon Ne,” performed by Mangeshkar and penned by Ghulam Mohammed, were included. She sang numerous famous songs for S. D. Burman’s final films, including Prem Pujari (1970), Sharmeelee (1971), and Abhimaan (1973), as well as Dastak (1970), Heer Raanjha (1970), Dil Ki Rahen (1973), Hindustan Ki Kasam (1973), Hanste Zakhm (1973), Mausam (1975), and Laila Majnu (1976). (1976). Laxmikant–Pyarelal and Rahul Dev Burman penned several of her memorable songs in the 1970s. Lyricist Anand Bakshi wrote several of her songs composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal in the 1970s. In the films Amar Prem (1972), Caravan (1971), Kati Patang (1971), and Aandhi (1971), she recorded numerous successful songs with Rahul Dev Burman (1975). Majrooh Sultanpuri, Anand Bakshi, and Gulzar are among the lyricists who have collaborated with the two.

For the song “Beeti Na Bitai” from the film Parichay, composed by R. D. Burman and penned by Gulzar, she received the National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer in 1973. In 1974, she performed “Kadali Chenkadali,” her lone Malayalam song, for the film Nellu, which was composed by Salil Chowdhury and penned by Vayalar Ramavarma. She received the National Award again in 1975, this time for the song “Roothe Roothe Piya” from the film Kora Kagaz, which was written by Kalyanji Anandji.

She has hosted several events in India and overseas, including many charity concerts, beginning in the 1970s. In 1974, she gave her debut international performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London, making her the first Indian to do so. She also published “Chala Vaahi Des,” an album of Mirabai’s bhajans written by her brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar. “Saanware Rang Ranchi” and “Ud Jaa Re Kaaga” are two of the album’s bhajans. In the early 1970s, she published a collection of Ghalib ghazals, a Marathi folk song album (Koli-geete), a Ganesh aartis album (all written by her brother Hridaynath), and an album of Sant Tukaram’s “abhangs” (all composed by Shrinivas Khale).

She sung the main theme song “Satyam Shivam Sundaram” in Raj Kapoor’s 1978 film Satyam Shivam Sundaram, which was one of the year’s chart-toppers. According to Kapoor’s daughter Ritu Nanda in her book Raj Kapoor, she was the inspiration for the film’s plot. “I visualised the narrative of a guy falling for a lady with an average appearance but a magnificent voice and intended to cast Lata Mangeshkar in the part,” Kapoor says in the book.

She worked with the offspring of songwriters she had previously worked with in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Rahul Dev Burman, son of Sachin Dev Burman, Rajesh Roshan, Anu Malik, son of Sardar Malik, and Anand–Milind, sons of Chitragupta were among these composers. She also sung several Assamese songs and had a close friendship with Assamese musician Bhupen Hazarika. She sung in a number of songs for him, including “Dil Hoom Hoom Kare” from Rudaali (1993), which had the greatest record sales that year.


Mangeshkar collaborated with music directors such as Shiv-Hari in Silsila (1981), Faasle (1985), Vijay (1988), and Chandni (1989), and Ram Laxman in Ustadi Ustad Se (1981), Bezubaan (1982), Woh Jo Hasina (1983), Ye Kesa Farz (1985), and Maine Pyar Kiya (1985) from the 1980s onwards (1989). Karz (1980), Ek Duuje Ke Liye (1981), Silsila (1981), Prem Rog (1982), Hero (1983), Pyar Jhukta Nahin (1985), Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985), Nagina (1986), and Ram Lakhan (1989). Sanjog (1985) had a hit with her song “Zu Zu Zu Yashoda.” [73] She returned to Tamil cinema in the late 1980s with two back-to-back interpretations of composer Ilaiyaraaja’s songs “Aaraaro Aaraaro” and “Valai Osai” for the films Anand (1987) and Sathya (1988).

Lata sang several of Laxmikant–biggest Pyarelal’s hits in the 1980s, including “Sheesha Ho Ya Dil Ho” in Asha (1980), “Tu Kitne Baras Ka” in Karz (1980), “Kitna Aasan Hai” in Dostana (1980), “Hum Ko Bhi Gham” in Aas Paas (1980), “Mere Naseeb Mein” in Naseeb (19 (1989). “Aaja Sar-e-Bazaar” from Alibaba Aur 40 Chor (1980), “Bindiya Tarase” from Phir Wohi Raat (1981), “Thodi Si Zameen” from Sitara (1981), “Kya Yahi Pyar Hai” from Rocky (1981), “Tune O Rangeele” from Kudrat (1981), “Jaane Kaise Kab” from Shakti (1982), “Jab Hum Jawan Honge” (1986). In Libaas, there are songs like “Kya Bhala Hai Kya,” “Khamosh Sa Afsana,” and “Seeli Hawa Chhoo” (1988).

In the films Lootmaar and Man Pasand, Rajesh Roshan collaborated with Dev Anand on songs like “Paas Ho Tum Magar Qareeb” and “Sumansudha Rajni Chandha.” “Mujhe Chhoo Rahi Hain” from Swayamwar (1980), “Kabhi Kabhi Bezubaan” from Johny I Love You (1982), “Tujh Sang Preet” from Kaamchor (1982), “Angrezi Mein Khete Hai” from Khud-Daar (1982), “Ankhiyo Hi Ankhiyo Mein” from Nishaan (1983), and “Dushman Na Kar (1985) and “Wada Na Tod” from Dil Tujhko Diya (1987), both of which were eventually included in the soundtrack of the 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

“Dooriyan Sab Mita Do” from Saboot (1980), “Baithe Baithe Aaj Aayi” from Patita (1980), “Jaane Kyun Mujhe” from Agreement (1980), “Thoda Resham Lagini Hai” from Jyoti (1981), “Dard Ki Ragini” from Pyaas (1982), and “Naino Mein Sapna” from Himmatwala (1982) were all (1983). During the 1980s, Mohammed Zahur Khayyam collaborated with her on songs such as “Hazaar Rahein Mud” (duet with Kishore Kumar) in Thodisi Bewafai (1980), “Simti Huyi” from Chambal Ki Kasam (1980), “Na Jane Kya Hua” in Dard (1981), “Chandni Raat Mein” in Dil-e-Nadaan (1982), “Dikha (1988).

Lata sung songs for Ravindra Jain in Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985), “Chand Apna Safar” in Shama (1981), “Shayad Meri Shaadi” and “Zindagi Pyar Ka” in Souten (1983), and “Hum Bhool Gaye Re” in Souten Ki Beti (1989) for Usha Khanna in Souten Ki Beti (1989). “Kale Kale Gehre Saye” in Chakra (1981), “Ye Ankhen Dekh Kar” and “Kuchh Log Mohabbat Ko” in Dhanwan (1981), “Mujhe Tum Yaad Karna” in Mashaal (1984), “Jonakore Rati” (1986) for Amar-Utpal, “Jaane Do Mujhe” in Shahenshah (1989) for Amar-Utpal Uttam Jagdish starred in Jamuna Saraswati (1988) and Waaris (1989) in “Mere Pyar Ki Umar.” She was asked to play at Maple Leaf Gardens by the United Way of Greater Toronto in June 1985. Lata sang her song “You Needed Me” at Anne Murray’s request. The event drew 12,000 people and earned $150,000 for the organization.


Anand–Milind, Nadeem–Shravan, Jatin–Lalit, Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen, Uttam Singh, Anu Malik, Aadesh Shrivastava, and A. R. Rahman were among the music directors with whom Mangeshkar collaborated in the 1990s. She also recorded other non-film songs with Jagjit Singh, including ghazals. Kumar Sanu, Amit Kumar, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Udit Narayan, Hariharan, Suresh Wadkar, Mohammed Aziz, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Roop Kumar Rathod, Vinod Rathod, Gurdas Maan, and Sonu Nigam are among her other collaborators. In 1990, she founded her own Hindi film production company, which produced the Gulzar-directed film Lekin…. Her performance of the song “Yaara Sili Sili” from the film, penned by her brother Hridaynath, earned her her third National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer.

She sang in almost all of Yash Chopra’s and Yash Raj Films’ films at the time, including Chandni (1989), Lamhe (1991), Darr (1993), Yeh Dillagi (1994), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), and subsequently in Mohabbatein (2000), Mujhse Dosti Karoge! (2002), and Veer-Zaara (2002). (2004). She collaborated with Raamlaxman on Patthar Ke Phool (1991), 100 Days (1991), Mehboob Mere Mehboob (1992), Saatwan Aasman (1992), I Love You (1992), Dil Ki Baazi (1993), Antim Nyay (1993), The Melody of Love (1993), The Law (1994), Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994), Megha (1996), Lav Kush (1997), (1999). During this time, A. R. Rahman collaborated with her on many songs, including “Jiya Jale” in Dil Se.., “Khamoshiyan Gungunane Lagin” in One 2 Ka 4, “Ek Tu Hi Bharosa” in Pukar, “Pyaara Sa Gaon” in Zubeidaa, “So Gaye Hain” in Zubeidaa, “Lukka Chuppi” in Rang De Basanti.

She sang “Ek Tu Hi Bharosa” in the film Pukar, which she appeared in. Shraddanjali – My Tribute to the Immortals was released in 1994. The album’s unique feature is that Lata pays homage to legendary singers of the era by singing a couple of their songs in her own voice. K. L. Saigal, Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi, Hemant Kumar, Mukesh, Punkaj Mallick, Geeta Dutt, Zohrabai, Amirbai, Parul Ghosh, and Kanan Devi all have songs in the collection.

She performed both the first and last songs by Rahul Dev Burman. In 1942: A Love Story, she performed “Kuch Na Kaho” for Rahul Dev Burman in 1994. Lata Eau de Parfum, a perfume line named after her, was introduced in 1999. In the same year, she received the Zee Cine Award for Lifetime Achievement. She was first elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1999. Several members of the House, including Deputy Chairperson Najma Heptullah, Pranab Mukherjee, and Shabana Azmi, chastised her for not attending Rajya Sabha sessions on a regular basis. She cited illness as the reason for her absence, and it was also claimed that she had not received a salary, stipend, or a residence in Delhi as a result of her position as a Member of Parliament.


Mangeshkar received the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor, in 2001. In the same year, she formed the Lata Mangeshkar Medical Foundation, which manages the Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Pune (founded by the Mangeshkar family in October 1989). In 2005, she created the Swaranjali jewelry line, which was made by Adora, an Indian diamond export firm.

At a Christie’s sale, five items from the collection garnered £105,000, with a portion of the proceeds going to relief efforts in Kashmir after the 2005 earthquake. In 2001, she recorded her debut Hindi song with composer Ilaiyaraaja for the film Lajja; she had previously recorded Ilaiyaraaja’s Tamil and Telugu songs. Her song “Wada Na Tod” was used in the film and soundtrack for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). She released the album Saadgi on June 21, 2007, which had eight ghazal-style songs penned by Javed Akhtar and composed by Mayuresh Pai.


Mangeshkar and Mehdi Hassan performed the duet “Tera Milna Bahut Acha Lage” (written by Pakistani Farhad Shahzad) on the album Sarhadein: Music Beyond Boundaries, which was published on April 12, 2011. Usha Mangeshkar, Suresh Wadkar, Hariharan, Sonu Nigam, Rekha Bhardwaj, and another Pakistani vocalist, Ghulam Ali, all appear on the album, which also includes pieces by Mayuresh Pai and others.

She recorded “Kaise Piya Se” for Bewafaa after 14 years for composer Nadeem-Shravan (2005). Shamir Tandon recorded a song with her for the film Satrangee Parachute (“Kitne Ajeeb Rishte Hain Yahan Par”) after “Kitne Ajeeb Rishte Hain Yahan Par” for Page 3 (2005) and “Daata Sun Le” for Jail (2009). (2011). [114] She returned to playback singing after a sabbatical, recording “Jeena kya hai, jaana maine” for Dunno Y2… Life Is a Moment (2015), the sequel to Kapil Sharma’s queer love tale Dunno Y… Na Jaane Kyun, in her own studio.

On November 28, 2012, she launched her own record label, LM Music, with Swami Samarth Maha Mantra, a collection of bhajans composed by Mayuresh Pai. On the CD, she performed alongside her younger sister Usha. Aata Visvyache Kshana was the final song she recorded in Marathi in 2014, while Shurodhwani was the last song she recorded in Bengali in 2015.

Her last Hindi song, Saugandh Mujhe Is Mitti Ki, was released on March 30, 2019. It was a tribute to the Indian Army and nation. In 2014, she released Shurodhwani, a Bengali album that included poems by Salil Chowdhury and was also composed by Pai. As a tribute to the Indian army and nation, Mangeshkar released the song “Saugandh Mujhe Is Mitti Ki,” composed by Mayuresh Pai, on March 30, 2019.

Bengali career

Mangeshkar has performed 185 Bengali songs, beginning with the famous song “Aakash Prodeep Jwole,” penned by Satinath Mukhopadhyay, in 1956. In the same year, she released “Rongila Banshite,” a hit song written by Bhupen Hazarika. She had a run of songs in the late 1950s, including “Jaare Ude Jare Pakhi,” “Na Jeona,” and “Ogo Aar Kichu To Noy,” all penned by Salil Chowdhury, and converted into Hindi as “Ja Re Ud Ja Re Panchi” and “Tasveer Tere Dil Mein” in Maya, and “O Sajna” in Parakh. She recorded “Akash Pradip Jole” in 1960.

Later in the 1960s, she sang songs by Sudhin Dasgupta, Hemant Kumar, and Salil Chowdhury, including “Ekbar Biday De Ma Ghure Ashi,” “Saat Bhai Champa,” “Ke Pratham Kache Esechi,” “Nijhum Sandhyay,” “Chanchal Mon Anmona,” “Asharh Srabon,” “Bolchi Tomar Kaney,” and “Aaj.

Major Controversies

  • Disagreements erupted between Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammad Rafi over the royalty issue at one point in time, as Lata demanded a part in the music albums while Rafi pushed for a wage simply.
  • Differences emerged between Lata and S. D. Burman, and they refused to work together for 7 years.


National Film Awards

  • 1972: Best Female Playback Singer for film songs Paricha
  • 1974: Best Female Playback Singer for film songs Kora Kagaz
  • 1990: Best Female Playback Singer for Film Songs Lekin…

Filmfare Awards

  • 1959: Best Female Playback Singer for Madhumati’s “Aaja Re Pardesi.”
  • 1963: Best Female Playback Singer for the Bees Saal Baad song “Kahi Deep Jale Kahi Dil.”
  • 1966: Best Female Playback Singer for Khandan’s “Tumhi Mere Mandir Tumhi Meri Pooja.”
  • 1970: Best Female Playback Singer for Jeene Ki Raah’s “Aap Mujhe Achhe Lagne Lage.”
  • 1995: Filmfare Special Award for “Didi Tera Devar Deewana” from Hum Aapke Hain Koun…!

Maharashtra State Film Awards

  • Sadhi Mansa wins Best Playback Singer in 1966.
  • Best Playback Singer for Jait Re Jait in 1977
  • Maharashtra Bhushan Award in 1997; Maharashtra Ratna Award in 2001. (First Recipient)

Government of India Awards

  • Padma Bhushan in 1969
  • Dada Saheb Phalke Award, 1989
  • Padma Vibhushan in 1999
  • Bharat Ratna in 2001
  • To honour India’s 60th anniversary of independence, the “One Time Award for Lifetime Achievement” was bestowed in 2008.

Wealth and Net Worth

Lata Mangeshkar’s net worth is believed to be at $16 million, based entirely on her singing career. Her income has been based on her dedication and hard work. As a result, she has brought an end to her family’s pain. Her siblings, on the other hand, contribute as well.

Some Amazing Facts at a Glance about Lata Mangeshkar

  • She was born in the princely state of Indore, which was a part of the Central India Agency, to Deenanath Mangeshkar and Shevanti (Shubhamati) in a Marathi-speaking household (now, Madhya Pradesh).
  • Her father was a classical vocalist and actor in the theatre.
  • Shevanti, her mother, was Deenanath’s second wife.

  • Her father, Deenanath, altered the family surname from Hardikar to Mangeshkar in order to associate his family with their native town of Mangeshi in Goa.
  • Lata was born with the name Hema, which her parents subsequently changed Lata after a female character named ‘Latika’ in one of her father’s plays, ‘BhaawBandhan.’
  • Her first public appearance was in 1938 at Sholapur’s Nutan Theater, when she performed ‘Raag Khambavati’ and two Marathi songs.
  • Lata began her career as an actor at the age of five in her father’s Marathi musical plays (Sangeet Natak).
  • She just went to school for one day. According to legend, on the first day of her school, she took her younger sister, Asha, and began teaching music to other pupils, and when teachers intervened, she became so enraged that she stopped attending.
  • She gave her debut ‘Shastriya Sangeet’ performance on September 9, 1938, when she accompanied her father to a concert at the Nutan Sangeet Theatre in Solapur, Maharashtra, where she performed Raag Khambavati. This was disclosed by the iconic singer in a September 2021 Facebook post.

  • Her father died of heart illness when she was 13 years old in 1942, and following her father’s death, one of the Mangeshkar family’s close friends, Master Vinayak (Vinayak Damodar Karnataki), took care of her family and helped her establish a career as an actress and singer.
  • In 1942, she sung her debut song, ‘Naachu Yaa Gade, Khelu Saari Mani Haus Bhaari,’ for the Marathi film ‘Kiti Hasaal,’ but it was subsequently omitted from the final edit.
  • For the Marathi film ‘Pahili Mangalaa-gaurin,’ she sung her debut song ‘Natali Chaitraachi Navalaai’ (1942).
  • Her first Hindi song, ‘Mata Ek Sapoot Ki Duniya Badal De Tu,’ was written for the Marathi film ‘Gajaabhaau’ (1943.)
  • In 1945, Lata relocated to Mumbai.
  • In Master Vinayak’s debut Hindi film, ‘Badi Maa,’ she co-starred alongside her sister Asha in a tiny role (1945).

  • When music director Ghulam Haidar introduced Lata to producer Sashadhar Mukherjee, who was working on the film ‘Shaheed’ (1948), Mukherjee dismissed Lata’s voice as “too thin,” to which Haidar responded, “In the coming years, producers and directors would “fall at Lata’s feet” and “beg her” to sing in their movies.”
  • ‘Dil Mera Toda, Mujhe Kahin Ka Na Chhora,’ from the film ‘Majboor,’ was Lata’s first breakout hit song (1948).
  • Lata Mangeshkar stated in an interview that Ghulam Haidar was her genuine Godfather who believed in her abilities.
  • She is supposed to have first copied the famed vocalist Noor Jehan, but she eventually established her own singing style.
  • When Dilip Kumar (actor) commented on her Maharashtrian accent while singing Urdu/Hindi songs, she got Urdu lessons from Shafi, an Urdu teacher.
  • She rose to prominence with the release of the song ‘Aayega Aanewala’ from the film ‘Mahal’ (1949). The song is regarded as one of the most difficult songs to perform in the music industry, and it is stated that no one can sing it as wonderfully as Lata has.
  • Her song ‘Rasik Balma’ from the film ‘Chori Chori’ got the Filmfare Award for best song in 1956. Since the Filmfare Awards were launched in 1958, and there was no category for Playback Singers, she was unable to receive the prize; nevertheless, after her objection, the category was added in 1958.

  • Lata got her first Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer for her performance in the song ‘Aaja Re Pardesi’ from the film Madhumati (1958). She had a monopoly on the Filmfare Awards for Best Playback Female Singer from 1958 to 1966, and it was only in 1969 that it came to an end when she handed up the Filmfare Awards in an extraordinary move to foster new talent.
  • For the songs in the film ‘Parichay,’ she received her first National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer (1972).
  • She is also the oldest winner (at the age of 61) of the National Film Award in the category of Best Female Playback Singer for the film ‘Lekin’ (1990).
  • She was reportedly administered slow poison in early 1962, following which she was bedridden for over three months.
  • On January 27, 1963, amid the backdrop of the Sino-Indian conflict, Lata sung the patriotic song ‘Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo.’ Jawaharlal Nehru (India’s then-prime minister) was moved to tears by the song.
  • Lata sung the most songs (712) for music director Laxmikant Pyarelal.
  • For the first time, she created music for a Marathi film, ‘Ram Ram Pavhana,’ in 1955.
  • She also produced four films: Vadai (Marathi 1953), Jhaanjhar (Hindi 1953), Kanchan (Hindi 1955), and Lekin (Hindi 1956). (1990).
  • In 2001, she received India’s highest civilian honour, the ‘Bharat Ratna.’
  • The ‘Lata Mangeshkar Award’ was established by the governments of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra in 1984 and 1992, respectively.

  • She despises applying makeup.
  • She said in an interview that meeting K L Saigal and singing for Dilip Kumar were two of her unrealized dreams.
  • She has performed almost 50,000 songs in 14 different languages.
  • On her 90th birthday in 2019, the Government of India bestowed upon her the title “Daughter of the Nation” in recognition of her contributions to Indian music.
  • Lata Mangeshkar is a dog lover, and she posted images of her beloved dog “Bittu” on her Facebook page in February 2020.

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