Lata Mangeshkar is one of the most well-known and loved singers in India. Born September 28, 1929 in Sikh Mohala, Indore, Central India Agency, British India, Lata Mangeshkar started her playback singing career at the age of 13 years old and continued to be one of India's most respected singers for over six decades. She was born as Hema Hardikar, but her father changed it to Mangeshkar in honor of his native town, Mangeshi, and "Hema" was changed to Lata after a female character in one of her father's plays. Lata is the eldest of four children. She started her acting career at the young age of five and after the death of her father, when she was 13, Master Vinayak, the owner of a movie company helped her launch her career. After the death of Vinayak, Lata was mentored by music director Ghulam Haider. It was then when she got her first break with the song "Dil Mera Toda" from the movie "Majboor". Next year, another major hit single followed, "Aayega Aanewaala", from the movie "Mahal". In 1958, Mangeshkar won Filmfare Best Female Playback Award for "Aaja Re Pardesi" from the movie "Madhumati". Her career continued to bloom and she recorded songs with Mukesh, Manna Dey, Kishore Kumar and Mohammed Rafi amongst others. In 1973, Lata was honored with the National Film Award for Best Female Playback singer for the song "Beeti Na Bitai" from the movie "Parichay". The '90s were the perfect time for a new venture, as Lata launched her very own production house for Hindi movies. It was also the time when she won her third National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer. In 1999, fans were presented with a fragrance named after the artist, "Lata Eau de Parfum". Two years later, in 2001, she was awarded Bharat, Ratna, the highest Indian civilian honor. 21st June 2007 marked the date of Lata's album "Saadgi" being released.
In 1974, The Guinness Book Of Records listed Lata Mangeshkar as the artist with most recordings in the world. She was surpassed in 2011 by her sister Asha Boshle. Lata has produced four films and composed music for five movies.
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