Interesting Facts about Lata Mangeshkar – The Nightingale of India


The most versatile singer of India, Lata Mangeshkar was born in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Her parent’s name was Deenanath Mangeshkar (Father) and Shevanti Mangeshkar (Mother). Her siblings are Meena Khadikar, Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar and Hridaynath Mangeshkar. Other than her singing vocation, Lata Mangeshkar has significantly more different things worth knowing. She is also titled as “The Nightingale of India”. Here are some interesting facts about this Goddess of Music –

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Interesting Facts about Lata Ji:

  • As per record, she has sung almost around 50000 songs in over 36 regional and foreign languages.
  • Lata Mangeshkar has enchanted the film industry and the music industry for more than seven decades.
  • She is the only vocalist in India after M. S. Subbulakshmi, who is the recipient of the “Bharat Ratna” award.
  • Lata Ji’s original name is Hema Hardikar. She rechristened herself as Lata after the popular character Latika from her father’s play ‘Bhaaw Bandhan,’ when she entered the Hindi silver screen.
  • In 1989, she got the highest honor in Hindi cinema – the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
  • She has acted in more than eight movies from 1942 to 1948.
  • Lata Ji’s last name used to be Hardikar but it was changed to Mangeshkar by her father.
  • Lata Mangeshkar began her career in 1942 with Marathi motion pictures and got a break in Hindi film in 1946 with Vasant Joglekar’s motion picture “Aap Ki Seva Mein”.


  • She got the second chance, which was a huge break when Ghulam Haider approached her for the song Dil Mera Toda in Majboor. This was a turning point in her career.
  • Lata Ji started acting as a performing artist in her father, Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar’s, musicals, at five years old.
  • Lataji dropped out from school at an early age since her educator did not enable her to bring her sister Asha (Bhosle) with her.
  • She studied music under the tutelage of Amanat Ali Khan Sahib, Amanat Khan Devaswale and Pandit Tulsidas Sharma who were the famous singers at that time.
  • Music director Ghulam Haider had also mentored her as a singer.
  • About Lata Didi, it is frequently said that her moving performance “Aye mere Watan ke logon”, made the Prime Minister of India, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru break down.

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  • ‘Mahal’ film’s song “Aayega Aanewala” was her initially major hit. She loaned her voice to performing artist Madhubala.
  • Earlier there was no category for best playback singer in the Filmfare Awards and after her protest, it was incorporated into 1958.
  • She got her first Filmfare Honor for Best Playback Artist for the melody Aaja Re Pardesi from the movie Madhumati in 1958.
  • Her first National Award was for the song in the movie “Parichay”.
  • Lata Mangeshkar is the first Indian to be welcome to sing at the Royal Albert Hall.
  • To keep her voice melodious, Lata Ji has a staple eating routine of chillies.
  • She has a permanent gallery reserved for her at the Lord’s stadium to enjoy the cricket game at whatever point she gets time.


  • Lata Mangeshkar and Yash Chopra had an agreement that she would sing in each movie of his. However, she has not sung any song in his last directorial movie “Jab Tak Hai Jaan”.
  • Vasant Joglekar gave her the first opportunity to sing in his Marathi film “Kiti Hasaal” in 1942. In any case, the melody “Naachu Yaa Gade, Khelu Saari Mani Haus Bhaari” was dropped from the film.
  • She is an impassioned fanatic of artist performer K L Saigal since adolescence. She purchased a radio when she was 18. In any case, returned it quickly after the primary news she heard on it was of Saigal’s passing.
  • Lata Mangeshkar holds the record for the oldest (age 61) National Film Award winner for the Best Female Playback Singer for the song in movie Lekin (1990).
  • When she was given a moderate toxin by an unidentified individual for which she was confined to bed for very nearly 3 months.


  • In a meeting, she uncovered her two unfulfilled wants singing for Dilip Kumar and meeting K. L. Saigal.
  • She is additionally a good music composer and composed music in 1955 for the Marathi film – “Ram Ram Pavhana”.
  • She is additionally a producer and has delivered 4 films so far-Vadai (Marathi 1953), Jhaanjhar (Hindi 1953), Kanchan (Hindi 1955) and Lekin (1990).
  • She does not care to do make-ups and she likewise keeps herself far from the media considerations.
  • Lata Ji was nominated as the member of Rajya Sabha in 1999, however, she didn’t go to the sessions referring to sick wellbeing.