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|A Living Legend - Great Lataji|
It is said that if Indian talent is a stool, it has 3 legs - Sachin tendulkar, Amitabh Bachchan and Lata Mangeshkar. Every Indian is proud of this three awesome people who took birth on our Mother Country - India. Now many people can be listed in this . Some examples - A.R.Rehman, Vishwanathan Anand, Sania Nehwal etc. But still nobody can be insuperable to these three renowned artists.
Let me share some words about Lata Mangeshkar - She is one of the best-known and most respected playback singers in India. Mangeshkar's career started in 1942 and has spanned over six and a half decades. She has recorded songs for over a thousand Bollywood movies and has sung songs in over thirty-six regional Indian languages and foreign languages, but primarily in Hindi. Mangeshkar was featured in the Guinness Book of World Records from 1974 to 1991 for having made the most recordings in the world. The claim was that she had recorded no less than 25,000 solo, duet, and chorus-backed songs in 20 Indian languages between 1948 to 1974 (30,000 songs between 1948 and 1987, according to the 1987 edition). Over the years, while several sources have supported this claim, others have raised concerns over its veracity, claiming that this number was highly exaggerated and that Mangeshkar's sister, Asha Bhosle, had more song recordings than she had.
Mangeshkar took her first music lessons from her father. At the age of five, she started to work as an actress in her father's musical plays (sangeet naatak in Marathi). On the first day in the school, she started teaching songs to other children. When the teacher stopped her, she was so angry that she stopped going to the school. Other sources cite that she left school because they would not allow her to bring Asha with her, as she would often bring her younger sister with her.
Lata Mangeshkar has won several awards and honors, including Padma Bhushan (1969), Padma Vibhushan (1999), Dada Saheb Phalke Award (1989), Maharashtra Bhushan Award (1997), NTR National Award (1999), Bharat Ratna (2001), three National Film Awards, and 12 Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards. She has also won four Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards. In 1969, she made the unusual gesture of giving up the Filmfare Best Female Playback Award, in order to promote fresh talent. She was later awarded [Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award] in 1993.
In 1984, the State Government of Madhya Pradesh instituted the Lata Mangeshkar Award in honor of Lata Mangeshkar. The State Government of Maharashtra also instituted a Lata Mangeshkar Award in 1992.
Wow !!! If I would have won so many awards, I would have considered myself as the Hugest person of this world but Lataji is always on the Earth and she appreciate the talent of other new youngster. I am proud of her. So, Lataji on your birthday, I would like to wish you a Very Happy Birthday and would pray that you live more 81 years and keep singing. Your voice really touches the soul. Love you mam.
P.S. : All the informations are copied from Wikipedia.
ABHILASH RUHELA - VEERU