Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar – ‘Nightingale of Bollywood’
I missed out on my childhood. I had to work hard, but I was immediately given a place in playback.”
Bharat Ratna Shri Lata Mangeshkar (28 September 1929) is one of the best-known and most respected playback singers and music directors in India. She is hailed as the ‘Nightingale of Bollywood’ with a career spanning over seven decades. She has recorded songs for over a thousand Hindi films and has sung more than 50,000 songs in over thirty-six regional Indian languages and foreign languages. The ‘Queen of Melody’ is the proud recipient of three National Film Awards, 12 Bengal Journalists’ Association awards, 4 Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards, 2 Filmfare Special awards, and Filmfare Lifetime achievement award. In 2001, for her immense contribution in the field of music she was awarded Bharat Ratna making her the second vocalist after M.S. Subbulakshmi to have ever been awarded the highest civilian award of the Republic of India and Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1989 by the Government of India. The ‘voice of the Millennium’ held the Guinness Book of World Records from 1974 to 1991 stating that she had reportedly recorded ‘not less than 25,000 solo, duet and chorus backed songs in 20 languages.
“The voice of the nation’ has won several awards including Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Dadasaheb Phalke award, Maharashtra Bhushan award, NTR National award, and ANR National award. She has conferred the title of ‘Officer of the French Legion of Honour, France’ highest civilian order. She was the first Indian to perform in Royal Albert Hall in 1974 in the category of Best Female Playback singer she holds the record for the oldest winner (age 61) of the National Film Award.
Born to a noted classical singer and theatre actor Deenanath Mangeshkar, Lata Ji was introduced to music at an early age and recorded her first song at the age of 13. After her father’s death due to heart-attack she was forced to become the family’s bread earner. She took up singing and acting to make their ends meet.
Life lesson – In adverse situations, winners like her work for the material and spiritual welfare, upliftment, and safety of their family. They look after the well-being, health, and happiness of their loved ones. They never blame external or internal factors, play the victim card or blame game, or expect any support from others over their unfavorable situation for their family. Achievers like Lata Ji accepted the responsibility of her deceased father and in return she received more love and respect not only from her fancily from society as well.