Born on 28 September 1929 in Indore, the Nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar still rules millions of hearts. Honoured with Padma Bhushan (1969), Dada Saheb Phalke Award (1989), Padma Vibhushan (1999), and Bharat Ratna (2001), Lata has made an unparalleled mark in the music industry. She is soon going to celebrate 75 years in the music industry, the celebratory event of which will be held in Mumbai next month. And on her birthday today, we have brought to you some Interesting and lesser-known facts about the Nightingale.
1- The singer who has been adorned with 6 doctorate degrees from different universities from around the world, didn’t even complete her schooling. It is said that one day she was teaching the crux of music to other students in her class when the headmaster entered. He then asked her to stop that and sit quietly, which didn’t go well with her. That day, she decided to never go back again to the school.
2- Lata’s father Deenanth Mangeshkar was a known singer and theatre actor, and owned much land in Goa. But then, he suffered a downfall, after getting addicted to substances. It had an adverse effect on the financial condition of the family. Deenanth died because of a heart ailment, and Lata was forced to work at a younger age to support the family.
3- When Lata entered the film industry as a playback singer, she was initially rejected because signers like Noor Jehan and Shamshad Begum were ruling with their heavy nasal voices. On the other hand, Lata’s voice was considered too thin.
4- Beautiful actress Madhubala was very fond of Lata’ voice. Before signing every film, she would place a condition that Lata would be the playback singer. However, Lata believed that her voice suits more on Saira Bano.
5- India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was in tears when Lata sang the song ‘Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon’, ‘Zara Aankh Me Bhar Lo Pani.’ This incidence dates back to 1962 when India lost the war to China and Nehru apparently said to her that she had moved him to tears.
6- She was afraid of air travel. Even when the Government of France arranged for honouring the singer with Prestigious Award, she requested them off they could come to India.
7- She was very close to actor Dilip Kumar as she considered him an elder brother.