Latabai Mangeshkar, who, as a playback singer, enjoys today, a clout, which even the movie moguls of the country's film industry cannot dream of Lata Mangeshkar's songs have captured the hearts and imagination of millions of her admirers around the world. They have become an inseparable part of the daily lives of Indians - wherever they may be. Words fail to express the depth and scope of Lata Mangeshkar's genius. Lata Mangeshkar has come to symbolise India in a way that no one else has, or ever will for years to come. She has charmed her fans with thousands of songs she has sung as a playback singer in films, her name was in the Guinness Book of World Records for singing the maximum number of songs way back in 1974 sung in over 20 different languages. Perhaps only mother's voice sounds more magical than Lata's. The name of Lata Mangeshkar (b.1929) is a byword in Indian semi-classical music. A soprano with over three octave range, she has an indescribable, unsoiled purity in her voice. It is delicate, sharp and clear in difficult note patterns. Her rendition is marked with a rare sense of rhythm and lyrics.
As 'Day with night', 'Stars with Moon', 'Spring with water' ..... so goes the word 'Music' with the Melody Queen, Nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar. Her contribution to the music world is so extensive and the remarkable mark that she has made in the last five decades is so conspicuous that, even if you try to praise her, it is like ' Suraj ko diya dikhana', as the saying goes.
Lata’s reign over the world of playback singing for female characters has been undisputed over the decades and she has lent her voice to heroines from Meena Kumari to Sreedevi to Urmila. She has surprised even her fans with the range of her singing in the film DIL SE with the song "Jiya Jale" on her turning 70, which was a huge hit and was recorded in just 40 minutes.
Lata is a legend in her lifetime and undeniably the best singer India has ever produced. As renowned Classical singer Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan said for Lata "Kambakht Kabhi Besura Gati Hi Nahi". Her contribution to making music popular throughout India and the world is incalculable and she has reigned supreme all through the last six decades.
As there is only one Taj-Mahal, similarly there is only one and only one 'LATA MANGESHKAR '