01 December, 2020

The Most Popular Singers

Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammed Rafi (1924-80)

The Most Popular Singers
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Lata Mangeshkar

Lata Mangeshkar is easily the most recognised voice in India. Born on September 28, 1929, in Indore, Lata has sung every kind of song, from bhajan to pop, in about 20 languages. From Madhubala to Preity Zinta, she has been the voice of every heroine down the ages. Her father, Dinanath Mangeshkar, was a reputed figure in Marathi theatre music and was trained in the Gwalior school. He gave her singing lessons, but she also studied with Aman Ali Khan Sahib and later Amanat Khan.

When her father died in 1942, she turned to the film industry to support the family and even acted in eight films, in Hindi and Marathi. She made her debut as a playback singer in the Marathi film, Kiti Hasaal (1942), but the song was edited out. The first Hindi film in which she gave playback was Aap Ke Sewa Main (1947). It was in 1949, with the release of four films—Barsaat, Andaz, Dulari and Mahal (with the evergreen Aayega aanewala)—that Lata began her phenomenal run in Hindi cinema. Her high, sweet and supple...

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