Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar rings in her 89th birthday today. And birthday wishes from all around including the Bollywood celebrities including Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit-Nene and Madhur Bhandarkar wished her good health and long life.
Mangeshkar started her career in 1943 at the age of 13 with the song “Naachu ya gade, khelu saari, mani haus bhaari…” for Marathi film “Kiti Hasaal”. She ventured into Hindi cinema with the song “Paa laagu kar jori re” for Vasant Joglekar’s movie “Aap Ki Seva Mein”.
Composer Ghulam Haider gave Lata her first major break in 1948 with the song “Dil mera toda” in the film “Majboor”. With “Aayega aanewaala”, a song in the movie “Mahal”, she registered one of her first musical hits.
Referred to as the Indian Nightingale, some of her hit numbers are “Dil vil pyar vyar”, “Bindiya chamkegi”, “Tune o rangeele kaisa jaadu kiya”, “Mere haathon mein”, “Aaja shaam hone aayi”, “Dil deewana bin sajna ke” and “Kitne ajeeb rishte hai yaha pe” among many.
One of her most memorable renditions is of “Ae mere watan ke logon”.
Here’s what celebrities had to say on her birthday:
Anil Kapoor: Happy Birthday, Lata Mangeshkarji! Thank you for giving us a song for every mood and a voice that will echo in our hearts forever… Wishing you lots of love, health and happiness!
Madhur Bhandarkar: Many happy returns of the day to the Nightingale of India and our Maa Saraswati… Lata Mangeshkar didi Wish you a happy and a healthy life. Goddess of music.
Madhuri Dixit Nene: ‘Dil toh paagal hai, dil deewana hai’….for your beautiful voice! You truly are the ‘Queen of Melody’ Lataji. Happy Birthday! I wish you good health and happiness