Lata Mangeshkar Biography, Facts & Life Story

Lata Mangeshkar Indian Indian playback singer

Quick Facts

NicknameThe Nightingale of Bollywood

Full NameLata Mangeshkar

ProfessionIndian playback singer


Age (as of 2019)89 years old

Date of Birth28 September, 1929

BirthplaceIndore, Indore State, Central India Agency, British India

Zodiac Sign: Libra

Height, Weight & Physical Stats

Height5'1" (1.55 m)

Body MeasurementsNot Known

WaistNot Known

HipsNot Known

Hair ColorBlack

Celebrity Favorites

HobbiesWatching Cricket, Riding Bicycles

Favorite ActorDilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Dev Anand

Favorite ActressNargis, Meena Kumari

Favorite FoodSpicy Foods, Coca Cola

Lata Mangeshkar was born on 28 September 1929 to a Marathi father and a Gujarati mother in the city of Indore. She is an Indian playback singer, vocalist, and music director. Lata is one of the best-known and most regarded playback singers in India. Her father, Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar, was a classical traditional singer and theatre actor. Her mother, Shevanti, a Gujarati woman from Thalner, Bombay Presidency. She has recorded songs in over a thousand Hindi movies and has sung songs in more than thirty-six regional Indian languages and foreign languages, though basically in Marathi, Hindi, and Bengali.

Lata Mangeshkar moved to Mumbai in 1945. She started taking lessons in Hindustani classical music from Ustad Aman Ali Khan of Bhendibazaar Gharana. She sang “Paa Lagoon Kar Jori” for Vasant Joglekar’s Hindi-language movie Aap Ki Seva Mein(1946). Music director Ghulam Haider mentored and guided her as a singer vocalist. He acquainted Mangeshkar to producer Sashadhar Mukherjee, who was working then on the film Shaheed (1948)

Mangeshkar sang numerous raga-based songs for Naushad in movies such as Deedar (1951), Baiju Bawra (1952), Amar(1954), Uran Khatola (1955) and Mother India (1957). From the 1970s onwards, Lata Mangeshkar has additionally arranged many concerts in India and abroad, including a few philanthropy charity concerts. Her first show overseas was at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in 1974 and was the first Indian to do as such. She likewise released an album of Mirabai’s bhajans, “Chala Vaahi Des”, composed by her brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar.

In the 1978 Raj Kapoor directed Satyam Shivam Sundaram, Lata Mangeshkar lends her voice to the fundamental theme song “Satyam Shivam Sundaram”, which was among the graph-toppers of the year. In 1974, The Guinness Book of Records recorded Lata Mangeshkar as the most listed artist in the history, stating that she had apparently recorded “not less than 25,000 solo, duet, and chorus-backed songs in 20 Indian languages” in the range of 1948 and 1974.

In 2001, Lata Mangeshkar was awarded Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor. Around the same year, she built up the Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Pune, managed by the Lata Mangeshkar Medical Foundation (founded by the Mangeshkar family in October 1989). In 2005, she designed a jewelry collection called Swaranjali, which was created by Adora, an Indian diamond export company. Five pieces from the collection raised £105,000 at a Christie’s auction, and a portion of the money was donated for the 2005 Kashmir earthquake relief. Likewise in 2001, she recorded her first Hindi song with the writer Ilaiyaraaja, for the film Lajja. Lata had earlier recorded Tamil and Telugu songs composed by Ilaiyaraaja.

She is the recipient of three National Film Awards, 12 Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards, four Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards, two Filmfare Special Awards, Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award and some more.

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Facts You Never Knew About Lata Mangeshkar!

    • The Dadasaheb Phalke Award was bestowed on her in 1989 by the Government of India.
    • In 2001, in acknowledgment of her achievements to the nation, she was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor and is only the second vocalist, after M. S. Subbulakshmi, to receive this honor.
    • In 2012, Lata Mangeshkar was one of the main ten nominees in The Greatest Indian poll, which was supported by Reliance Mobile and conducted by Outlook magazine, in partnership with CNN-IBN and The History Channel.
    • Mangeshkar won a Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer for Salil Chowdhury’s composition “Aaja Re Pardesi” from Madhumati (1958).
    • France conferred on her its highest civilian award (Officer of the Legion of Honour) in 2007.
    • In 1974, she turned into the first Indian to perform in the Royal Albert Hall.
    • Lata was named “Hema” at her birth. Her parents later renamed her Lata after a female character, Latika, in one of her father’s plays, BhaawBandhan.
    • Mangeshkar received her first music lesson from her father. At the age of five, she started to work as an actress in her father’s musical plays.
    • One of her first major hits was “Aayega Aanewaala,” a song in the movie Mahal (1949), composed by music director Khemchand Prakash and lip-synced on screen by actress Madhubala.
    • In early 1962, Mangeshkar was given slow poison. The slow poison incident rendered her very weak. She was bedridden for nearly 3 months.
    • On the first day in school, she started teaching songs to other children. When the teacher stopped her, she was so angry that she stopped going to school.
    • Her first Hindi song was “Mata Ek Sapoot Ki Duniya Badal De Tu” for the Marathi film Gajaabhaau (1943).
    • On 27 January 1963, against the backdrop of the Sino-Indian War, Mangeshkar sang the patriotic song “Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo” (literally, “Oh, People of My Country”) in the presence of Jawaharlal Nehru, then the Prime Minister of India. The song, composed by C. Ramchandra and written by Kavi Pradeep, is said to have brought the Prime Minister to tears.

Lata Mangeshkar Education

Qualification: Not Available

School: Attended a Catholic School in Orbassano, a town near Turin, Italy

Lata Mangeshkar Career

Profession: Indian playback singer

Debut TV Series/Movie: In 1997 when she joined the Indian National Congress as a Primary Member.

Net Worth: $10 million (as in 2016)

Family & Relatives

Father: Deenanath Mangeshkar

Mother: Shevanti Mangeshkar

Brother(s): Hridaynath Mangeshkar (younger)

Sister(s): Usha Mangeshkar (younger), Asha Bhosle (younger), Meena khadikar (younger)

Marital Status: Single

Ex Boyfriends:

Bhupen Hazarika (Lyricist)

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