Lata Mangeshkar, the undisputed queen of Indian playback singing, remains
etched in the annals of musical history. On the occasion of the first
anniversary of her passing, the nation is paying homage to her unparalleled
contribution to the Indian music industry. To commemorate this momentous
occasion, Mumbai is hosting “Latanjali,” a musical tribute that promises to be
a fitting tribute to the legendary singer.
Renowned sand artist, Sudarsan Pattnaik, has also paid homage to Lata Mangeshkar with
his artwork, reminding us once again of her inimitable musical legacy. The singer, who was
affectionately referred to as “Lata di,” left an indelible mark on the Indian music scene with
her adaptability, versatility, and ability to sing in a variety of musical styles and languages.
Lata Mangeshkar passed away on February 6, 2022, at the age of 92, after a career
spanning over seven decades. She recorded songs not only in Hindi but also in Marathi,
Bengali, Gujarati, and other regional Indian languages, solidifying her place as one of the
most versatile and beloved singers in the country. Today, as we pay tribute to Lata
Mangeshkar on the first anniversary of her passing, we remember her incredible talent and
the timeless classics she left behind.
Here are some lesser known facts about her:
- Lata Mangeshkar started her singing career at a young age of 13 and has
since then recorded songs for over a thousand Bollywood films. That’s a truly
- She was awarded India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, in 2001.
That’s a huge honour and a testament to her talent and impact on Indian
- Lata Mangeshkar has an impressive range, having recorded songs in over 36
Indian languages. This includes Marathi, Hindi, Bengali, and Assamese, just
to name a few.
- Over the course of her career, she has won numerous awards, including the
National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer and several Filmfare
Awards. That’s not surprising, given her talent and longevity in the industry.
- Did you know that Lata Mangeshkar has also been a goodwill ambassador for
the United Nations’ polio eradication campaign in India? She has used her
voice and influence for good beyond just music.
- Lata Mangeshkar has worked with many famous music directors throughout
her career, including S. D. Burman, R. D. Burman, and Laxmikant-Pyarelal.
This has resulted in some truly iconic songs.
- Not only is she recognized in India, but Lata Mangeshkar has also been
awarded several international awards, including the Legion of Honour from
the government of France. That’s impressive!
- Lastly, Lata Mangeshkar has been a mentor and inspiration to many other
Indian classical and playback singers. Her impact on Indian music goes
beyond just her own body of work and extends to the next generation of
In conclusion, Lata Mangeshkar’s musical legacy continues to inspire and captivate
audiences around the world. Her impact on Indian music is immense and her songs
will continue to be treasured for generations to come. It is truly fitting that we take a
moment to pay homage to this singing legend on the first anniversary of her passing
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