Today in Bollywood

Lata Mageshkar

One of the gems of the Hindi film industry, Lata Mangeshkar turns 82 Wednesday and even after spreading the magic of her voice for seven decades she is still singing songs with aplomb.

Thanks to her successful long journey and her body of work, she has become an institution in herself and a guiding force not just for budding singers, but also for established artists.

Also read: Lata is 'pujaarin' of music: Big B

Photos: Lata celebrated her 82nd birthday Wednesday and was presented with the 'Hridaynath Award' for her incredible contribution to the arts.

'It's our good fortune that we have taken birth in the times of Lataji. She is our goddess of music and she is always going to be an inspiration for our generation and the generations to come,' singer Sonu Nigam told IANS. Here is a look at how some big names of Bollywood praise her.

Celebs wish Lataji

Starting her career in 1943 at the age of 13 with the song 'Mata ek sapoot ki duniya badal de tu' for Marathi film 'Gajaabhaau', Lata, who is called the Nightingale of India, went on to record songs for more than 1,000 films in 36 languages.

From classical to romantic numbers to ghazals to bhajans, she made her mark in a variety of genres.  Even at this age her zeal to sing is the same which was evident when she sang 'Tere hasne se' for 'Satrangee Parachute' that released this year.

'Lataji is my teacher, my inspiration and it is because of her that I've loved music so much. I want to wish her all the happiness in the world,' said Shreya Ghoshal.

Shaan says that 'Whatever you say about Lataji is less. All I want to say is that the divinity that she has in her voice is unique and very different. Whatever the song might be, she adds dignity to it. Very subtly she brings out the expressions in a song. She is an institute in herself and the only one among so many.'

Lata, who is the voice behind evergreen lilting melodies like 'Aaja re pardesi', 'Kahi deep jale kahi dil', 'Beeti na bitaai raina', 'Tere bina zindagi se', 'Tere bina jiya jaaye na', 'Naino mein badra', 'Chalte chalte' and 'Yaara sili sili', made it to then Guinness Book of World Records from 1974 to 1991 for having made the most recordings in the world.

Here's a look at why we adore her.

Why we love Lata Mangeshkar

Not just for singers, for actors and filmmakers too, the Bharat Ratna recipient is the voice that gave Hindi songs the quality that will be remembered for years.

'I think for any actress Lataji singing for her is a blessing because we all know what incredible talent she has. We can only hope that she lives for many many years to come and sings forever,' said Dia Mirza.

Filmmaker Yash Chopra feels proud that an artist like Lata was born on Indian soil. 'For an artiste to be at the pinnacle of her career for 69 uninterrupted years is an unprecedented feat in any field anywhere in the world and we are proud that an Indian, our very own Lata Mangeshkar, has achieved this,' Chopra had told IANS.

'I have been fortunate to have worked with her for over five decades from my very first film, 'Dhool Ka Phool' till my most recent film 'Veer Zaara'.  'As a director, I can vouch that Lataji makes each song her own. She adds so many characteristic nuances, making it easier for an actress to enact and for the song to stand the test of time. They say that people follow music, but in Lataji's case, music follows her.' (Text : IANS)

Coming next: Ranbir turns a year older


(5 Pages) | Read all

Yahoo Cricket

Most Viewed

  • Dum Laga Ke Haisha Star Bhumi Pednekar Has Lost Weight!
    Dum Laga Ke Haisha Star Bhumi Pednekar Has Lost Weight!

    Bhumi Pednekar made her Bollywood debut opposite Ayushmann Khurrana in Dum Laga Ke Haisha doesn’t actually look even tiny bit close to her character from the movie. The reason why we didn’t see Bhumi come in front of media to interact, as her character and role in the film was kept a secret from audiences. …

  • Sunny Leone Recreates Zeenat Aman’s Hot Look!
    Sunny Leone Recreates Zeenat Aman’s Hot Look!

    For her upcoming film Ek Paheli Leela, Sunny Leone has recreated Zeenat Aman’s iconic look from Satyam Shivam Sundaram where she’s shown to be wearing a white sari. Elaborating on the look, director Bobby Khan says, “The way SSS captured Zeenatji’s beauty was beautiful. When I bounced the idea off Sunny, she immediately approved. Our film has glamour but we’ve kept Indian sentiments in mind, which is why she wore a spaghetti top with her sari.” Directed by Bobby Khan starring Sunny Leone, …

  • Sonam Kapoor Tests Positive For Swine Flu, Hospitalised
    Sonam Kapoor Tests Positive For Swine Flu, Hospitalised

    Actress Sonam Kapoor was recently discharged from hospital suffering from respiratory infection. Later she soon resumed back to work at Gujarat for shooting of her upcoming movie Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. Sonam Kapoor’s mother Sunita Kapoor had visited Gujarat on Saturday and took her by air-ambulance. Watch Video Here Sonam Kapoor has been shooting with actor Salman Khan for Sooraj Barjatya’s Prem Ratan Dhan Payo at Gondal in Gujarat from last 10 days. …

  • Sunny Leone’s Sizzling Bikini Look In Kuch Kuch Locha Hai
    Sunny Leone’s Sizzling Bikini Look In Kuch Kuch Locha Hai

    Devang Dholakia’s comic caper Kuch Kuch Locha Hai is all set for release on the 8th of May 2015. Produced by Mukesh Purohit of Magic Pictures and K.K Agarwal, the film is being co-produced by Maximus Multimedia Pvt Ltd and Riyaz Mohammed. The project is also being backed by Japan based Asha Jhaveri and Blueberry Productions who have joined the film as associate producers. Kuch Kuch Locha Hai has consistently made news for its unusual pairing of the sizzling hot Sunny Leone and the affable …

  • Ekta Kapoor’s XXX To Release On Her Lucky Day!
    Ekta Kapoor’s XXX To Release On Her Lucky Day!

    Producer and director Ekta Kapoor has already established herself as the ‘queen of erotica’ for her films Ragini MMS, Ragini MMS 2 and Love Sex Dhoka. Director and producer Ekta Kapoor will release her sex oriented film XXX, which would be first youth erotica film. Reportedly, Ekta Kapoor has planned to release her film XXX on the same day when her iconic daily soap Kyun ki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi began airing on TV channel 15 years ago. Keeping up with her tradition, Ekta Kapoor hopes to …

  • Revealed: Shah Rukh Khan And Rohit Shetty’s Film Title
    Revealed: Shah Rukh Khan And Rohit Shetty’s Film Title

    According to latest reports, Rohit Shetty and Shah Rukh Khan have locked the name for their upcoming film. Earlier, there were reports suggesting that Rohit and SRK‘s next film together was to be called Punjab Express, inspired by the success of their film Chennai Express. Harry directed the 1994 film Dilwale and now shares the title of the film with Rohit Shetty. “I had a conversation with the makers of the film and I have no problem in giving them the title,” Director and producer Harry …

  • Age gracefully, don't cover the lines: Kareena Kapoor
    Age gracefully, don't cover the lines: Kareena Kapoor

    New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Bollywood's fit and fabulous Kareena Kapoor is on her way to turn 35, and she's clear about not attempting to be 22! She feels the key to ageing gracefully lies in letting the "lines" be, especially when it comes to men. I hate it when I look at somebody and know that they have tried to cover the lines," Kareena told IANS in an interview on a recent visit to the capital. Looking svelte in a golden shimmering gown, exuding a rare glow and charm, Kareena shared her …

  • Rajkumar Hirani Off To The US To Work On Sanjay Dutt’s Biopic!
    Rajkumar Hirani Off To The US To Work On Sanjay Dutt’s Biopic!

    The director of the most successful Bollywood film, PK, which created history by breaking all box office records and collecting 340 crores deserves to be celebrating and taking some time off. The director took off to the United States of America to give some focused time to developing of the script of Sanjay Dutt‘s biopic. In Bombay, it was getting very difficult for Rajkumar Hirani to disconnect and go in the writing mode as people are constantly visiting and congratulating him for this huge …