The entire nation has been immersed in mourning due to the death of Lata Mangeshkar, the empress of India. Her death is certainly an irreparable loss to the country. The passing of Lata Mangeshkar, who has sung over 30,000 songs and sung thousands of songs in over 20 languages, marks the end of a golden era. It is an irreparable loss that will never be filled. It is why today, the countrymen and people from other corners of the world are saddened by her demise. There was such magic in Lata Mangeshkar‘s voice that people used to get tears in their eyes after listening to her song. It is the reason why she is also called the Nightingale of India.
After the Indo-China war of 1962, when the country was bewildered, the one song of Lata Ji created a wave of patriotism. That song was A mere vatan ke logo, Jara Aankho me bhar lo Pani. Lata sang for the first time on 26 January 1963 at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, and then this song became mandatory for every concert of Lata. President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru were also present in that program. Nehru ji had tears in his eyes after listening to Lata Ji’s song. He said that whoever is not inspired by this song is not Hindustani.
The Journey Of Lata Mangeshkar
To sum up, it is not easy, to sum up, the journey of Lata Mangeshkar, the legend of Indian cinema.
In a career spanning almost 8 decades, the music that Lata Ji has done is amazing and unimaginable. On 28 September 1929, in a middle-class Marathi family of Indore city in Madhya Pradesh. Her father’s name was Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar, associated with Marathi theatre. At the age of five, Lata started acting in plays with her father and took music lessons from her father.
Lata has learned classical music from well-known Ustad Amanat Ali Khan Saheb, according to the information. But when the partition of India and Pakistan took place, Khan Saheb went to Pakistan. After this, Lata Ji started taking music lessons from Amanat Khan. Eminent personalities like Pandit Tulsidas Sharma and Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan also taught music to Lata Mangeshkar. Lata Mangeshkar gave new dimensions to playback singing with her suras and inspired generations of singers. But she had to face a lot of struggles to reach here.
Struggle in Bollywood
Lata entered Bollywood in the 1940s, which was not a good start for her. She was rejected from many projects because many film producers and music directors found his voice too loud and thin. So it was when singers with heavy voices like Noor Jahan, Shamshad Begum, and Zohra Bai Ambale Wali dominated. That’s why Lata Ji needed to work harder to make her mark in Bollywood. But then a sad incident happened to her.
In the year 1942, at the young age of thirteen, Lata’s father lost her head, and the family’s responsibility fell on her. After this, his entire family moved from Pune to Mumbai. Lata did not like acting in films at all but started acting for the financial responsibility of her family. In 1942, Lata got a chance to act for the first time in “Mangalgaur .”Between 1942 and 1948, Lata acted in about eight Hindi and Marathi films.
Lata Mangeshkar songs: She started her singing career as a playback singer. She sang as a playback singer in a Marathi film ‘Kiti Haasil’ in 1942, but the song was later dropped from the film. When Bharat Azad then Lata Mangeshkar made her singing debut in Hindi films, ‘Aapki Sewa Mein’ was the first film she decorated with her singing, but her song did not get much buzz. Slowly making her voice her identity, Lata Mangeshkar started moving forward. In the fifties, Lata became the favorite singer of famous musicians like Mangeshkar, Shankar Jaikishan, SD Burman, C. Ramachandran Mohan, Hemant Kumar, and Salil Chowdhury.
Sahir Ludhianvi and S.D write lyrics. Lata sang many hit songs under Burman’s music direction. Lata Mangeshkar was not only awarded the title of Swar Kokila, but she also has the same proficiency in bhajans, ghazals, classical qawwali music, or common film songs. She has sung songs for every changing generation in her career, from Meena Kumari to Katrina Kaif. In 1991, the Guinness Book of World Records recognized that she was the most recorded singer.
Awards of Lata Mangeshkar
Lata Mangeshkar was awarded Padma Bhushan in 1969, Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1989, Padma Vibhushan in 1999, Bharat Ratna in 2001 by the Government of India for her significant contribution to Indian music. Also, awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2008 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of India’s Independence. Also, on the 90th birthday of Lata Ji, she was honored with the title ‘Daughter of the Nation’ by the Government of India for her contribution to the world of music for seven decades. The state government of Madhya Pradesh started an award in her name in 1984, which was named the ‘Lata Mangeshkar Award.’ It is a national-level award. In addition, The Maharashtra government also gives awards in the name of Lata Mangeshkar.
The voice of the creeper is considered divine. Ustad Bade Ghulam Khan called him the gift of Allah. Her tenacity and rhythm in the hymns sung by her still captivate her. Talking about the diversity of Lata Ji’s singing is like showing a lamp to the sun. Patriotism is like Lata Ji, which has been vocal in her songs.