Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar turns 82 today

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar turns 82 today

The Nightingale of India, who has around 30,000 songs to her credit, has, however, decided to spend her birthday quietly with her family and attend an award function later in the day.

"I do not celebrate my birthday in a lavish way. I do not believe in cutting cakes. It will be a family affair...where all family members will be present. My whole day will be spent in accepting wishes from friends and fans worldwide. Later in the day, I will go for Hridaynath award function," Lata told PTI in an interview.

Starting her career in 1942 with songs in Marathi, Lata's first Hindi song was 'Paa lagoon kar jori' for Vasant Joglekar's movie 'Aap Ki Seva Mein' in 1946. Two years later, composer Ghulam Haider gave Lata her first major break with the song 'Dil mera toda' in 'Majboor' and after that there was no looking back for Lata didi, as she is fondly called.

She has recorded songs for over a thousand Bollywood movies and has sung songs in over thirty-six regional Indian languages and foreign languages. However, her major work is in Hindi.

Recipient of the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in the country, she has lent her voice to generations of Bollywood actresses from Madhubala to Kajol, has given countless performances in films as well as on stage. She is the most sought-after singers by top filmmakers from Yash Chopra to Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

"I think whatever I am today...is all because of my fans and well wishers. It is all due to their never-ending love, blessings, support and appreciation. I thank all my fans and well-wishers for making me Lata Mangeshkar," Lata said.

"I never got the opportunity to sing with her, but she has been an inspiration for me. She is an institution of music. In fact, when my son was born, I took him to the recording room, where my husband was recording a song with Lataji, to seek her blessings. I value her very much. All I observed is that she is well-prepared for her songs and I try to follow her," singer Rekha Bhardwaj said.

"On this occasion, I wish her good health and hope she continues to allure us with her beautiful songs," she said.

"Lataji singing for any actress is a blessing. She has an incredible talent. We can only hope that she lives for many many years and sings forever," actress-producer Dia Mirza said.

"I wish Lataji could sing for me. She has been an inspiration not only to singers, but even to actors and everyone in this industry. I wish her all happiness and a healthy life," actor Zayed Khan.

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