There will never be another Lata Mangeshkar

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Lata Mangeshkar’s first song “Nachu Yaa Gade, Khelu Saari Mani Haus Bhaari” for the Marathi film “Kiti Hasaal” (1942) was deleted from the final cut of the film.

His first Hindi song was “Mata Ek Sapoot Ki Duniya Badal De Tu” for the Marathi film “Gajaabhaau”, in 1943.

She didn’t have to look back after that as she became the biggest name in the music industry, not only Bollywood but also lent her divine voice to regional films. She has also produced the music for 5 films.

India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, was in tears after listening to Lata’s rendition of “Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon”.

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India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, was in tears after listening to Lata’s rendition of “Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon”.

Lata Mangeshkar’s rendition of “Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon, Zara Aankh Me Bhar Lo Pani” moved India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to tears in 1962.

Some of his signature songs are “Lag Jaa Gale”, “Ek Pyar Ka Nagma Hain”, “Ajeeb Dastan Hain Ye”, “Baahon Mein Chaale Ao”, “Meere Khwabon Mein Jo Aayein”, “Kora Kaagaz Tha”, among many others.

Among countless other accolades, Lata Mangeshkar has received three national awards, the Padma Bhushan Award in 1969 and the Padma Vibhushan Award in 1999.

Lata Mangeshkar, on several occasions, had said that if she could, she would continue to sing until her last breath. Lately, the legend had reservations about the direction Bollywood had taken in terms of music, but continued to sing in other mediums.

Lata Mangeshkar (2nd from right) with her family.

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Lata Mangeshkar (2nd from right) with her family.

Words will never be enough to sum up the legacy of Lata Mangeshkar, as noted by eminent Indian lyricist Javed Akhtar. “If there is anything called perfection, Lata Mangeshkar has achieved it,” he told the media yesterday.

Lata Mangeshker was not just a musician; she was the personification of music. As the world bids farewell to its physical existence, it can never truly die as an entity, as an institution.

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