Born in Indore in 1929, Lata started acting in her father's musical plays at the tender age of 5.
Lata's foray into films started with a small role in Navyug Chitrapat's Marathi movie Pahili Mangalaa-gaur (1942) in which she sang a song as well.
An old picture of singers Lata Mangeshkar, Meena Kapoor and Geeta Dutt. The three singers dominated Hindi playback in the early 1940s.
Lata Mangeshkar clicked during Geeta Dutt and Guru Dutt's wedding ceremony.
Lata Mangeshkar clicked at Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia's wedding ceremony.
A picture of Lata Mangeshkar with singers Hemant Kumar and Mukesh.
The singer collaborated with composers like Anil Biswas, Naushad Ali, SD Burman in the ear 1950s.
A file picture of Lata Mangeshkar and composer Anil Biswas.
In 1942, when Mangeshkar was 13, her father died of heart disease. Master Vinayak, the owner of Navyug Chitrapat movie company and a close friend of the Mangeshkar family, took care of them. He helped Lata get started in a career as a singer and actress.
A file picture of Lata, Asha, Meena, and their brother Hridaynath.
Sisters Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle sharing a light moment during a recording. Asha began her singing career as a choir girl for Lata's songs.
Initially, Mangeshkar is said to have imitated the acclaimed singer Noor Jehan, but later she developed her own style of singing. A file picture of the four Mangeshkar sisters during their younger days.
Lata Mangeshkar and her sister Asha played minor roles in Master Vinayak's first Hindi-language movie, Badi Maa (1945).
One of her first major hits was Aayega Aanewaala, a song in the movie 'Mahal' (1949), which was composed by music director Khemchand Prakash and featured actress Madhubala.
Dilip Kumar had once once made a mildly disapproving remark about Mangeshkar's Maharashtrian accent while singing Hindi/Urdu songs; so for a period of time, Lata took lessons in Urdu from an Urdu teacher named Shafi. The singer is seen here posing with the actor and his wife Saira Banu, music composers Kalyanji-Anandji and singer Mahendra Kapoor.
Mangeshkar won a Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer for Salil Chowdhury's composition Aaja Re Pardesi, from 'Madhumati'. A file picture of SD Burman and Lata Mangeshkar.