Lata Mangeshkar (Goddess Of Music) :Age, Biography, Awards, Family & More

Nightingale Of Bollywood: Lata Mangeshkar’s Biography, Childhood,Awards,Wiki & More

In this article, you are going to know about the nightingale of Bollywood, Lata Mangeshkar who is considered as the most versatile singer of India.Many unknown facts have been revealed and her complete Bio-data is provided.


Real Name Lata Mangeshkar
Nick Name The Nightingale of Bollywood
Profession Indian playback singer


Physical Stats & More

Height in centimeters- 155 cm
in meters- 1.55 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 1”
Weight in Kilograms- 63 kg
in Pounds- 139 lbs
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Salt & Pepper


Personal Life

Date Of Birth 28 September 1929
Age 89 Years
Birth Place Indore, Indore State, Central India Agency, British India
Zodiac Sign Libra
Nationality Indian
Home Town New Delhi, India (Ancestral origin – Lusiana, Italy)
School Attended a Catholic School in Orbassano, a town near Turin, Italy
College Bell Educational Trust’s language school, Cambridge City, England
Educational Qualification Not Known
Debut In 1997 when she joined the Indian National Congress as a Primary Member.
Family Father– Deenanath Mangeshkarlata-mangeshkar-with-her-father

Mother– Shevanti Mangeshkarlata-mangeshkar-with-her-motherBrother– Hridaynath Mangeshkar (younger)
Sisters– Usha Mangeshkar (younger), Asha Bhosle (younger), Meena khadikar (younger)

Religion Hinduism
Ethnicity Maharashtrian
Hobbies Watching Cricket, Riding Bicycles
Controversies • At one point of time, differences arose between Lata Mangeshkar & Mohammad Rafi over the royalty issue as Lata wanted share in the music albums while Rafi advocated for the salary only.
• Differences also arose between Lata abd S. D. Burman and for 7 years they refused to work with each other.


Favourite Things

Favourite Actor Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Dev Anand
Favourite Actress Nargis, Meena Kumari
Favourite Food Spicy Foods, Coca Cola
Favourite PoliticianAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Favourite Destination Los Angeles
Favourite Music Director(s) Ghulam Haidar, Madan Mohan, Laxmikant Pyarelal,A. R. Rahman
Favourite Film Kismet (1943), James Bond Films
Favourite SportsCricket
Favourite CricketerSachin Tendulkar


Boys, Affairs and More

Marital Status Unmarried
Affairs/Boyfriends Bhupen Hazarika (Lyricist)
Husband N/A


Style Quotient

Cars Collection Mercedes Benz


Money Factor

Salary Not Known
Net worth $10 million (as in 2016)


Some Lesser Known Facts About 

  • She was born as Hema and later renamed as Lata based on a character Latika from one of her father’s plays- BhaawBandhan. Her surname, Mangeshkar, is after a village- Mangeshi in Goa.
  • First time time she performed publicly in 1938 at the Nutan Theater in Sholapur where she sang Raag Khambawati and two Marathi Songs.
  • At the age of 5, Lata started acting in her father’s musical plays- Sangeet Natak in Marathi. She also played a minor role in the 1st Hindi film by Master Vinayak- Bari Ma in 1945.lata-in-bari-ma
  • She attended school only for a single day and on the very first day at the school she brought her younger sister Asha and started teaching music to the students and when teachers scolded her for the same, she left school forever.
  • Her first song was- Naachu Yaa Gade, Khelu Saari Mani Haus Bhaari for the Marathi film- Kiti Hasaal in the year 1942, however, the song was dropped for some reasons from the final cut. She sang her debut song in Marathi language- Natali Chaitraachi Navalaai in the same year for the Marathi film- Pahili Mangalaa-gaur.lata-mangeshkar-singing
  • Sashadhar Mukherjee who was making a film- Shaheed (1948) dismissed her voice as “too thin.”
  • Lata Mangeshkar revealed in an interview that her true godfather was Ghulam Haidar who trusted her talent.lata-mangeshkar-mentor-ghulam-haidar
  • During her initial singing career, she used to imitate the acclaimed singer Noor Jehan and later she evolved her own singing style.noor-jahan
  • After the song- Aayega Aanewala from the movie Mahal in 1949, Lata Mangeshkar became a star singer overnight. The song is still considered as one of the toughest songs to sing.aayega-aanewala-song-by-lata-mangeshkar
  • Earlier there was no category for best playback singer in the Filmfare awards and after her protest, it was included in 1958.
  • She got her 1st Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer for the song- Aaja Re Pardesi from the movie Madhumati in 1958. From 1958 to 1966, she monopolized Filmfare awards forBest Female Playback Singer and it was stopped in 1969 only when she gave up the awards in an unusual gesture for promoting fresh talents.
  • Her first National Award came for the songs in the movie- Parichay.lata-mangeshkar-songs-parichay
  • Lata Mangeshkar holds the record for the Oldest (age 61) National Film Award winner for theBest Female Playback Singer for the songs in movie- Lekin (1990).
  • Once she was given a slow poison by an unidentified person for which she was bed-ridden for almost 3 months.
  • When she sang the song- Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo on 27 January 1963, it brought tears to the then Prime Minister of Inida- Jawaharlal Nehru.lata-mangeshkar-singing-aye-mere-watan-ke-logo
  • She is also a good music composer and composed music for the first time in 1955 for theMarathi film- Ram Ram Pavhana.ram-ram-pavhana
  • She is also a producer and has produced 4 films so far- Vadai (Marathi 1953), Jhaanjhar (Hindi 1953), Kanchan (Hindi 1955) and Lekin (1990).
  • She is the only playback singer after M. S. Subbulakshmi to be awarded with India’s highest civilian award- Bharat Ratna Award.lata-mangeshkar-with-bharat-ratna
  • In an interview she revealed her two unfulfilled desires- singing for Dilip Kumar & meeting K. L. Saigal.
  • According to estimates, she has sung almost 50000 songs and that too in more than 14 languages.

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Author: Neha Sharma

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