Swara Nightingale Lata Mangeshkar Ji has turned 92 today. Lata Ji is counted among those priceless singers, whose world is still crazy. She is one of the best-known and most respected Indian playback singers and music directors in India. In her career so far, she has recorded songs in over a thousand Hindi films and sung in more than thirty-six Indian languages and foreign languages, including Marathi, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali songs.
Let us tell you something related to Lata didi’s life on her birthday today, which you might be unaware of…
Lata Mangeshkar’s first name was Hema
Born on September 28, 1929, in a Maratha family, Lata’s father Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar was a theater actor and singer. Very few people know that Lata Ji’s first name was Hema. However, her father was so impressed by Latika, a character in the play ‘Bhavbandhan’, that she changed her name to Hema as Lata.
Raj Kapoor wanted to be cast in the film
A book ‘Lata Sur Gatha’ has also been written on the life of Lata Mangeshkar. In that book, it is said that the famous actor of that time Raj Kapoor wanted to cast Latha Ji in the lead role for “Satyam Shivam Sundaram”. The script of this film was written based on her as the voice of the main character was the most important in the film. But, she flatly refused the film. But, when the film was made again in the 80s, Zeenat Aman got this role.
Lata Ji’s first earning was Rs 25
Before joining films, Lata Ji got 25 rupees for singing on stage. First of all, Lata Ji sang for the Marathi film ‘Kiti Hasal’ on a stage, for which she got 25 rupees. It was only after this that he decided to choose music as her career.
When Dilip Kumar got angry with Lata
Late veteran actor Dilip Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar had an intimate bonding. Dilip Ji considered Lata Ji as his younger sister but one day something happened that he got angry with Lata Ji. Lata Ji was doing her first show at the Royal Albert Hall in London and she thought of opening the show with the song “Inhi Log Ne Le Liya Dupatta Mera” from the movie Pakeezah but Dilip Ji got angry. He said to Lata Ji, “Why do you want to sing this song? When the lyrics are not that shaista? Lata Ji tried hard to convince him… “This song is popular and people would like to listen” But, Dilip Ji agrees. Didn’t and got angry.
Lata Ji used to spend the whole day drinking only water.
It has been told in Yatindra Mishra’s book ‘Lata Sur Gatha’ that when Lata Ji used to get tired while recording, she used to fill her stomach by drinking water only. At the same time, many times she used to take out her whole day by eating 4 biscuits with a cup of tea. The only thing swirling in her mind was that somehow I just want to see my family.
A most powerful woman in the industry
Her success made her the most powerful woman in the industry. She sang 30,000 songs in 20 languages over 6 decades, for which she was awarded the title of Mallika of Sura. Not only this but her name has also been recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. Apart from this, she has also been awarded the Bharat Ratna Award. She is the second singer from India to receive this award. Apart from this, she has received many honors like Padma Bhushan, Dadasaheb Phalke Award, Padma Vibhushan.