Lata Mangeshkar - Bhajans
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Lata Mangeshkar (About
this sound pronunciation (help·info)) (born 28 September 1929) is an Indian
playback singer, and occasional music-composer. She is one of the best-known
and most respected playback singers in India. Mangeshkar's career
started in 1942 and has spanned over seven decades. She has recorded songs
for over a thousand Hindi films and has sung songs in over thirty-six
regional Indian languages and foreign languages, though primarily in Marathi
and Hindi. She is the elder sister of singers Asha Bhosle, Hridaynath
Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar and Meena Mangeshkar. India's highest award in
cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, was bestowed on her in 1989 by the
Government of India. She is the second vocalist, after M. S. Subbulakshmi, to
have ever been awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour.
Early career in the 1940s
In 1942, when Mangeshkar
was 13, her father died of heart disease. Master Vinayak (Vinayak Damodar
Karnataki), the owner of Navyug Chitrapat movie company and a close friend of
the Mangeshkar family, took care of them. He helped Lata get started in a
career as a singer and actress.
Mangeshkar sang the song
"Naachu Yaa Gade, Khelu Saari Mani Haus Bhaari" which was composed
by Sadashivrao Nevrekar for Vasant Joglekar's Marathi movie Kiti Hasaal
(1942), but the song was dropped from the final cut. Vinayak gave her a small
role in Navyug Chitrapat's Marathi movie Pahili Mangalaa-gaur (1942), in
which she sang "Natali Chaitraachi Navalaai" which was composed by
Dada Chandekar. Her first Hindi song was "Mata Ek Sapoot Ki Duniya
Badal De Tu" for the Marathi film, Gajaabhaau (1943).
Mangeshkar moved to
Mumbai in 1945 when Master Vinayak's company moved its headquarters there.
She started taking lessons in Hindustani classical music from Ustad Amanat
Ali Khan. She sang “Paa Lagoon Kar Jori” for Vasant Joglekar's Hindi-language
movie Aap Ki Seva Mein (1946), which was composed by Datta Davjekar. The
dance in the film was performed by Rohini Bhate who later became a famous
classical dancer. Mangeshkar and her sister Asha played minor roles in
Vinayak's first Hindi-language movie, Badi Maa (1945). In that movie, Lata
also sang a bhajan, "Maata Tere Charnon Mein." She was introduced
to music director Vasant Desai during the recording of Vinayak's second
Hindi-language movie, Subhadra (1946).
Following the partition
of India in 1947, Ustad Amanat Ali Khan migrated to newly formed Pakistan, so
Mangeshkar started to learn classical music under Amanat Khan Devaswale, the
nephew of Rajab Ali Khan. Pandit Tulsidas Sharma, a pupil of Ustad Bade
Ghulam Ali Khan, also trained her.
After Vinayak's death in
1948, music director Ghulam Haider mentored her as a singer. He introduced
Mangeshkar to producer Sashadhar Mukherjee, who was working then on the movie
Shaheed (1948), but Mukherjee dismissed Mangeshkar's voice as "too
thin". An annoyed Haider responded that in coming years producers and
directors would "fall at Lata's feet" and "beg her" to
sing in their movies. Haider gave Lata her first major break with the song
"Dil Mera Toda, Mujhe Kahin Ka Na Chhora"—lyrics by Nazim
Panipati—from the movie Majboor (1948), which became her first big
breakthrough film hit. In an interview on her 84th birthday, in September
2013, Lata herself declared, "Ghulam Haider is truly my Godfather. He
was the first music director who showed complete faith in my
Initially, Mangeshkar is
said to have imitated the acclaimed singer Noor Jehan, but later she
developed her own style of singing. Lyrics of songs in Hindi movies are
primarily composed by Urdu poets and contain a higher proportion of Urdu
words, including the dialogue. Actor Dilip Kumar once made a mildly
disapproving remark about Mangeshkar's Maharashtrian accent while singing Hindi/Urdu
songs; so for a period of time, Lata took lessons in Urdu from an Urdu
teacher named Shafi.
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
During the 1990s, she
recorded with music directors including Anand-Milind, Nadeem-Shravan, Jatin
Lalit, Dilip Sen-Sameer Sen, Uttam Singh, Anu Malik, Aadesh Shrivastava and
A. R. Rahman. She recorded some non-film songs, including ghazals with Jagjit
Singh. She has also sung with S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Udit Narayan,
Hariharan, Kumar Sanu, Suresh Wadkar, Mohammed Aziz, Abhijeet Bhattacharya,
Roop Kumar Rathod, Vinod Rathod, Gurdas Maan and Sonu Nigam.
In 1990, Mangeshkar
launched her own production house for Hindi movies which produced the
Gulzar-directed movie Lekin.... She won her third National Film Award for
Best Female Playback Singer for her rendition of the song "Yaara Sili
Sili" from the film, which was composed by her brother Hridaynath.
Mangeshkar has sung for
almost all the Yash Chopra films and films from his production house Yash Raj
Films at that time, including Chandni (1989), Lamhe (1991), Darr (1993), Yeh
Dillagi (1994), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997)
and later on Mohabbatein (2000), Mujhse Dosti Karoge! (2002) and Veer-Zaara
During 1990, Mangeshkar
records with Ram Laxman in Patthar Ke Phool (1991), 100 Days (1991), Mehboob
Mere Mehboob (1992), Saatwan Aasman (1992), I Love You (1992 film) (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),
Manchala (1999), and Dulhan Banoo Main Teri (1999).
A. R. Rahman recorded a
few songs with Mangeshkar during this period, including "Jiya Jale"
(Dil Se..), "Khamoshiyan Gungunane Lagin" (One 2 Ka 4), "Ek Tu
Hi Bharosa" (Pukar), "Pyaara Sa Gaon" (Zubeidaa),"So Gaye
Hain" (Zubeidaa) "Lukka chuppi" (Rang De Basanti), "O
Paalanhaare" (Lagaan) and Laadli (Raunaq: Conversation of Music and
Poetry)). She made an appearance in the film Pukar singing this song.
In 1994, Lata Mangeshkar
released Shraddanjali-My Tribute To The Immortals. The special feature of the
album is that Lata offer her tributes to immortal singers of the time by
rendering a few of their songs in her own voice. There are songs of K.L.
Saigal, Rafi, Hemant Kumar, Mukesh, Punkaj Mallick and Kishore Kumar, Geeta
dutt, Zohrabai, Amirbai, Parul Ghosh and Kanan Devi.
Mangeshkar sang both,
Rahul Dev Burman's first and last song. In 1994, she sang last song Kuch Na
Kaho for Rahul Dev Burman in 1942: A Love Story.
In 1999, Lata Eau de
Parfum, a perfume brand named after her, was launched.
In 1999, Mangeshkar was
nominated as a member of Rajya Sabha. However, she did not attend the
Rajya Sabha sessions regularly, inviting criticism from several members of
the House, including the Deputy Chairperson Najma Heptullah, Pranab Mukherjee
and Shabana Azmi. She stated the reason for her absence as
ill-health; it was also reported that she had not taken a salary, allowance
or a house in Delhi for being a Member of Parliament.
In 2001, Lata Mangeshkar
was awarded Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor. In the same year,
she established 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 jewellery collection called
Swaranjali, which was crafted by Adora, an Indian diamond export company.
Five pieces from the collection raised £105,000 at a Christie's auction, and
a part of the money was donated for the 2005 Kashmir earthquake relief.
Also in 2001, she recorded her first Hindi song with the composer
Ilaiyaraaja, for the film Lajja; she had earlier recorded Tamil and Telugu
songs composed by Ilaiyaraaja.
Lata Mangeshkar's song
"Wada Na Tod" is in the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
(2004) and on the film's soundtrack.
On 21 June 2007, she
released an album Saadgi, featuring eight ghazal-like songs written by Javed
Akhtar and composed by Mayuresh Pai. On 12 April 2011, she released
another album Sarhadein: Music Beyond Boundaries the album has a rare duet
Tera Milna Bara Acha Lage by Lata Mangeshkar and Mehdi Hasan (written by
Pakistan's Farhat Shahzad). The album features Usha Mangeshkar, Suresh
Wadkar, Hariharan, Sonu Nigam, Rekha Bhardwaj and another Pakistani singer,
After 14 years, Lata
Mangeshkar recorded a song for composer Nadeem-Shravan Kese Piya Sai Mein
Kaho for Bewafaa (2005). After Kitne Ajeeb Rishte Hain Yahan Par for Page
3 (2005) and Daata Sun Le for Jail (2009), Shamir Tandon once again recorded
a song with Lata Mangeshkar Tere Hasne Sai Mujheko for the film Satrangee
Parachute (2011). After a gap Lata Mangeshkar is back in playback singing
and recorded a song Jeena kya hai, jaana maine for the sequel of Kapil
Sharma's queer love story Dunno Y... Na Jaane Kyun at her own studio.
On 28 November 2012, Lata
Mangeshkar launched her own music label, LM Music, with an album of bhajans,
Swami Samarth Maha Mantra, composed by Mayuresh Pai. She sang with younger
sister Usha on the album. In 2014, she recorded Shurodhwani (Bengali
songs, including poetry by Salil Chowdhury), also composed by Pai.
Lata Mangeshkar - Bhajans
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