Melodious 81 for Lata Mangeshkar

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Melodious 81 for Lata Mangeshkar

The Bharat Ratna-winning singer, who has lent her voice to generations of Bollywood actresses from Madhubala to Kajol, is celebrating her birthday in her ancestral home in Kolhapur, said sources close to her. “I don’t celebrate my birthday. I performed the puja and 28th September is just like any other day for me,” Lata said.

The evergreen singer held the Guinness world record for having recorded the most songs from 1974 to 1991 and continues to be the favourite singer of top filmmakers like Yash Chopra and Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Meanwhile, younger sister and fellow singing legend, Asha Bhonsle, led a host of A-listers who wished the singer on Twitter. “My favourite Female Singer and also my Elder Sister Latadidi celebrates her birthday today. Too bad I’m in Hong Kong & can’t attend her birthday. Will miss her as I am in Hong Kong, but my well wishes are always with Lata didi (sic),” wrote Bhonsle who also posted an old picture of them together.

Lata too is an active member of the micro-blogging site and had posted a message on Monday thanking all her fans.

“I feel fortunate that my birthday falls close to two of my favourite people — freedom fighter Bhagat Singh and filmmaker Yash Chopra. I send my best wishes to Yash ji and pray that he lives for another hundred years,” Lata had tweeted.

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