Queen of Melody, Voice of the Nation, Voice of the Millennium, Nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar turns 90 today. The most popular singer of India, Latajee is the first choice of every music director, composer and actress. She’s so revered that actresses consider it an honor if Latajee sing for them.
Here is rewinding of some of the unforgettable songs of this heavenly voice
Lag jaa gale (Who KaunThi?)
Composed by Madan Mohan, his hunting melody of the 1964 film is so sweet that you won’t stop listening to this song again and again.
Mohepanghat pe (Mughal-E-Azam)
It was a magnum opus by K. Asif. This star-studded movie had Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar and Madhubala. The music was by Naushad and singer for Madhbala was none other than Latajee.
A tribute to Meena Kumari by her husband and director Kamal Amrohi, Pakeezah is still known for the superb performance by Meena Kumar and out-of-the-world music put together by Ghulam Mohammed and Naushad. And the only singer that they could select was Latajee.
Ae dil e naadan (Razia Sultan)
Khayyam, the legendary composer who passed away recently, turned to Latajee for this very song of his magnum opus Razia Sultan.
O sajnabarkhabahaar (Parakh)
It was Salil Chaudhary’s best song for Latajee. Taken from the 1960’s film of Bimal Roy, the song remains is composed in raga Khamaj.
It is when Latajee then in her 20s displayed her true voice and proved that she can hold the world spellbound by her voice.