Lata Mangeshkar’s Career
Lata Mangeshkar had a musical career that spanned longer than independent India, and that’s no small order. She dominated the industry throughout her long and illustrious career lasting 75 years. Her voice was sweet yet had the power to captivate its listeners.
She started her career at the youthful age of 13 in the year 1942 and has since sung more than 30,000 songs in various regional languages. She is considered by the majority as one of the greatest playback singers of Indian cinema.
Lata Mangeshkar was most known for her vocal range that could span beyond 4 octaves.
Lata Mangeshkar was also at the forefront of the singer’s right to cash movement, she led the fight which spanned most of her career and succeeded. In the year 2018, singers finally started getting royalties for the songs that they helped create. The legendary singer was dubbed a feminist for her calls for fair pay and her ambition.
Her voice echoed everywhere from wedding halls to television sets, and to this day be it any occasion, an occasion is not complete till there’s a song sung by the legendary playback singer.
The star playback singer has stats that back up her status of legendary, her songs were streamed 6.7 billion times on her YouTube channel in the last 12 months. Stats like these are difficult to accomplish even by star influencers.
Lata Mangeshkar has been an artist that vowed to never promote a product, but in 2013 she broke her longtime resolve to promote Glycodin, and when asked why, she in her true coy fashion replied “I can afford anything except a sore throat!”
Directors called her a chameleon that could instantly be differentiated from the sea of playback singers, and rightfully so.
She has been awarded various honours by the Indian government such as Padma Bhushan in the year 1969, the Dadasaheb Phalke award in the year 1989 and has also been awarded the prestigious Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour in the year 2001.
Celebs On Lata Mangeshkar’s Demise
Many of her Industry friends took to Twitter to offer their condolences to the great artiste. Amitabh Bachchan who’s movies regularly featured Lata Mangeshkar’s voice wrote “The voice of a million centuries has left us … her voice resounds now in the Heavens.”
The President of India wrote “Lata-Ji’s demise is heartbreaking for me, as it is for millions the world over. In her vast range of songs, rendering the essence and beauty of India, generations found expression of their innermost emotions. A Bharat Ratna, Lata-Ji’s accomplishments will remain incomparable.”
The Hon’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote “I consider it my honour that I have always received immense affection from Lata Didi. My interactions with her will remain unforgettable. I grieve with my fellow Indians on the passing away of Lata Didi. Spoke to her family and expressed condolences. Om Shanti.”
A Music Academy To Honor Lata Mangeshkar
The Madhya Pradesh government on Monday announced to set up a music academy and a museum in memory of Lata Mangeshkar at her birthplace, Indore.
A statue of the singer will also be installed in Indore. Along with these, a state award will be named after Lata Mangeshkar. Which would be given to artists on the occasion of her birth anniversary. The announcement came a day after the legendary singer died at a hospital in Mumbai on Sunday after a multi-organ failure.
The state government on Sunday declared a two-day state mourning as a mark of respect for the legendary singer.