Baho Me Chale Aao
Baho Me Chale Aao
Ho Hamse Sanam Kya Parda
The much-loved voice of India and the melodious queen of Bollywood, Lata Mangeshkar, reigned the Hindi music industry for eras. She holds a special place in the millions of Indian hearts across the globe. Today, the legendary singer turns 87!
We bring to you 5 major life events that changed Lata Didi’s life:
- At age of 5, Lata Mangeshkar began her singing and acting career in her father Deenanath Mangeshkar. Since, childhood she started giving music lessons to her classmates. Once, her teacher asked her to stop, she felt offended and decided not to go to school ever. But, as per other sources, she left school as she wanted to go to school with her younger sister Asha, and the school objected the idea.
- At the age of 13, her father died of heart disease and she became the main source of income for the family. During 40s she recorded her first song in a Marathi movie Kiti Hasaal (1942). In 1945, she moved to Mumbai. Her first massive hit came with the song ‘Aayega aanewala’ from the film Mahal (1949). And the rest is history!
- In 1962, Lata Mangeshkar fell severely ill. The medical diagnosis revealed that she was given slow poison. She battled between life-and-death for nearly three days. During this tenure, the late Bollywood lyricist Majrooh Sultanpuri visited Lata didi regularly. He would taste her food and then let her eat.
- In 1963, she performed the in front of the then Prime Minister of India, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. Lata Mangeshkar gave the memorable rendition where she sang “Ae mere watan ke logo.” In 1974, she became the first Indian to perform in the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK.
- As per the standards, formerly singers were paid a flat fee for a song. In contrast, Lata Mangeshkar found it unjustified! She demanded that the music companies must pay royalties to singers. This was the main reason behind her tiff with Raj Kapoor.
Happy Birthday Lata Mangeshkar