New Delhi: Saturday marks the ninetieth birth anniversary of legendary singer, with golden voice– Lata Mangeshkar, with more than 25,000 songs to her credit; she has sung songs around thirty-six regional Indian languages.
There may not be a moment when somebody, somewhere, is not listening to a song sung by Mangeshkar. It has been so for the last six decades or so.
She has three National Film Awards and six Filmfare awards. The government of India honoured Mangeshkar with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1989. She was also awarded with India’s highest civilian honour – the Bharat Ratna in 2001.
She is the recipient of three National Film Awards, 15 Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards, four Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards, two Filmfare Special Awards, Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award and many more. In 1974, she became the first Indian to perform in the Royal Albert Hall.
Recently, Narendra Modi led-BJP government had planned to honour legendary singer Mangeshkar with the “Daughter of the Nation” on September 28.
Mangeshkar will be conferred the title as a tribute to her contribution to Indian film music over seven decades. Poet-lyricist Prasoon Joshi has written a special song for the occasion.
“Modiji is a very big fan of Lataji’s voice. She represents the collective voice of the Indian nation. Honouring her is to honour the daughter of the nation and that’s what we will officially designate her on her 90th birthday,” official said.