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Who is Lata Mangeshkar?

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Legendary artist dies in covid, how he came to music from acting became ‘Nightingale of India’

Legendary musician Lata Mangeshkar has died of coronavirus. He was 92 years old.

He was admitted to the hospital in early January after contracting covid.

Lata Mangeshkar was a legendary playback singer who brought a different dimension to Indian film music.

From the very beginning of the musical Bollywood film world, playback singers have been an integral part of the art form – where professional singers have sung and performers have matched those songs on the movie screen.

Lata Mangeshkar, nicknamed the ‘Nightingale of India’, has sung nearly 30,000 songs in 36 Indian languages ​​in her half-century long career.

He was one of the most sought after musicians in India for decades. Every top actress in Bollywood wanted her song to be sung with her in the film.

Lata Mangeshkar picture

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Lata Mangeshkar was born on September 28, 1929 in the central Indian city of Indore. Their father was a singer, theater actor and produced lyric plays in Marathi.

He was the eldest of five siblings. His other siblings have also followed in his footsteps and they too have become famous singers of India.

He never received formal formal education. A housemaid taught him the Marathi alphabet and a local priest taught him Sanskrit. Relatives and teachers would come to his house and teach him other subjects.

But the times became difficult for them, when their father lost his memory. As a result, he was forced to close down his film and theater company.

The family was forced to move to the western city of Pune (now Pune) after their family residence was auctioned off in Sangli, Maharashtra. After the death of his father, the family moved to Bombay (now Mumbai).

He has acted in about eight Marathi and Hindi films.

In the 1943 Marathi film Gajabau, he sang a song titled ‘Kichha Kotha, Kichha Shabd’, which was his first song in the film.

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Till 1947, he earned Rs. 200 per month by acting in films.

” I never liked makeup or light. People are ordering you to say this, say that, I would feel very uncomfortable, ”he said in an interview with Nasreen Munni Kabir about his time in the film.

When a director told him that his eyebrows should be trimmed because they were too wide, he was seriously injured. But he accepted it.

After singing in the movie Mahal in 1949, he came into the limelight.

Sincere respect

Over the next four decades, he sang many memorable and popular songs.

Tears welled up in the eyes of India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, as he sang “Yeh Mere Watan Ke Logo” (and the people of my country) at a rally in memory of those killed in India’s 1962 war with China.

He has sung with all the famous singers of Bollywood. Among them are Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar.

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He has also worked with all the top directors in Bollywood, from Raj Kapoor and Guru Dutt to Moni Ratnam and Karan Johar.

Mangeshkar had the courage to challenge male singers like Mohammad Rafi who claimed to have sung many songs. She was the first singer to claim a good salary and dividend for singing.

” I am a self-established person. I know how to fight. I never feared anyone. I’m a bit of a fearless person. But I never thought I would get as much as I got, ”he said.

Lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar described his melodious voice and heartfelt singing as “so pure and clear as the best pearl in the crystal.”

Asked which songs are the most popular in Bollywood, Mangeshkar once said, “Love songs are the most popular. The heroine is running and the hero is running after her. “

Apart from film songs, Lata Mangeshkar’s choice of music was quite wide.

Cricket, cars, dogs, slot machines and other choices

He also liked to watch movies. His favorite Hollywood movie was The King and I, which he said he watched at least 15 times. Another favorite movie is ‘Singing in the Rain’.

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He loved cars. At various stages of his life, he owned gray Hillman and blue Chevrolet, as well as Chrysler and Mercedes. She has nine dogs at home.

Mangeshkar is an orthodox supporter of cricket. Many times he went to watch Test match with a break in recording. A picture signed by Don Bradman is a thing of his pride.

Cooking occasionally and taking pictures with a RolexFlex camera are some of his hobbies.

While on vacation in the United States, he loved to play slot machines all night in Las Vegas.

Mangeshkar was often seen in the studio of his friend Setar Master Ravi Shankar, where he used to hang out with his friend George Harrison. In 1979, he became the first Indian to perform with the Oren Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall.

“I always think that happiness is the thing to share with everyone in the world and sadness is the thing to hold on to,” Mangeshkar once said.

His timeless music has certainly brought joy to millions of people in India and, as Nasreen Munni Kabir puts it, has become a part of their lives.

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