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Birthday Playlist: Lata Mangeshkar, the divine voice, turns 84

Lata learnt classical music from Amanat Khan and Pandit Tulsidas Sharma, a pupil of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan.

Updated:September 28, 2013, 10:55 AM IST
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Birthday Playlist: Lata Mangeshkar, the divine voice, turns 84
Lata learnt classical music from Amanat Khan and Pandit Tulsidas Sharma, a pupil of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan.

New Delhi: If there is someone whose name can be mentioned in the same breath as the playback singing in India, it's Lata Mangeshkar. Today, the nightingale of India has turned 84; she was born on September 28, 1929.

Lata started her classical music training from Ustad Amanat Ali Khan in 1945 but he left for Pakistan after the Partition. After that, Lata learnt classical music from Amanat Khan Devaswale and Pandit Tulsidas Sharma, a pupil of Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan.

Though she started singing at the age of 13, Lata got her first major break in Hindi cinema by composer Ghulam Haider. He asked her to sing 'Dil mera toda' in 1948 film 'Majboor'. But it was 'Aayega Aanewaala' from 1949 'Mahal' that catapulted her to success. Composed by music director Khemchand Prakash and lip-synced on screen by Madhubala, the song became a rage, announcing the arrival of Lata.

Lata has recorded songs for over a thousand Bollywood movies and has sung songs in over thirty-six regional Indian languages and foreign languages. Her major work, however, remains in Hindi. Recipient of Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of the country, Lata has sung for generations of Bollywood actresses from Madhubala to Kajol.

We wish her a very happy birthday and many more years of playback singing. Here is a playlist of some of her finest songs.

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