Image: A file photo of Lata Mangeshkar
One of the most respected playback singers in India, Lata Mangeshkar, who has sung in over 36 Indian languages, was born on September 28, 1929. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner was also awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor and is only the second vocalist, after MS Subbulakshmi, to receive this. In fact, even France conferred her with its highest civilian award (Officer of the Legion of Honor) in 2007.
FromPyar Kiya To Darna KyafromMughal-e-Azam(1960) toAjeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh (fromDil Apna Aur Preet Parai) (1960) toRangeela RefromPrem Pujari(1970) or evenJiya JaleinDil Se, the singer has lent her voice to a number of timeless classics over the years.
(On the singer’s) th birthday, here’s looking at five of her most timeless numbers:
Ek Pyaar Ka Nagma HaifromShor(1972):
The song from the film starring Manoj Kumar, Nanda and Jaya Bhaduri had music composed by the Laxmikant Pyarelal. The film is most noted for the memorable song rendered by Lata Mangeshkar.
Lag Jaa GalefromWoh Kaun Thi?(1964):
With lyrics by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan and music by Madan Mohan, the track set in Raga Pahari is regarded as one of the songs by which Lata Mangeshkar is best remembered.
Kya Janu SajanfromBaharon Ke Sapne(1967):
The film starred Rajesh Khanna and Asha Parekh and had music by Majrooh Sultanpuri with the lyrics and composition by RD Burman. The film is mostly black-and-white, except for one dream sequence: the songKya Janoo Sajanwas shot in color. The song, a cult classic was rendered by Lata Mangeshkar.
Yaara Seeli SeelifromLekin(1991):
Starring Vinod Khanna, Hema Malini and Dimple Kapadia, the film, which was produced by Lata Mangeshkar , saw her singingYara Seeli Seeliwhich won her the 1991 National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer.
Mehndi Laga Ke RakhnafromDilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995):
The song, which was written by Anand Bakshi, was sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Udit Narayan. The song saw Shahrukh Khan and Kajol in a wedding sequence in their superhit film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and is said to be one of India’s best-known wedding and pre-wedding songs.
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