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Lata Mangeshkar

Any account of Indian playback music must start with Lata Mangeshkar. While it is not possible to more than list the most important playback singers, one, because of her supreme stature, merits detailed attention. Born September 28, 1929 in Indore, India, Lata Mangeshkar has been active in all walks of Indian popular and light classical music having sung ghazals, bhajans and pop. She is the supreme voice of popular Indian music, an Indian institution. Her importance rests not solely with her prodigious output. Many of her performances are considered timeless and undatable, although her voice has changed and matured over the years. In effect she sang the soundtrack for millions of Indians' lives. Until the 1991 edition, when her entry disappeared, the Guinness Book of Records listed her as the most recorded artist in the world with not less than 30,000 solo, duet and chorus-backed songs recorded in 20 Indian languages between 1948 and 1987. By 1990 she supposedly had worked on over 2000 film soundtracks as a playback singer -- meaning she pre-recorded the songs to which the films' leading ladies lip-synched.

Dinanath Mangeshkar, her father, owned a theatrical company and was a classical singer, a disciple of the Gwalior school, and gave her singing lessons from around the age of five. She also studied with Aman Ali Khan Sahib and later Amanat Khan. Her God-given musical gifts meant that she could master the vocal exercises effortlessly on first pass and from early on she was recognized as being highly gifted musically. Also in the family were brother Hridaynath, a music director, and sisters Meena, Asha (the famed Asha Bhosle), and Usha. Hridaynath's soundtrack work included Lekin... (EMI India CD PMLP 5206) released in 1990 which, keeping it a family affair, placed Lata Mangeshkar well to the fore. Usha also became a playback singer. Only Asha Bhosle's career can compare in any way with her sister's award-strewn output although by 1994 reports were appearing to the effect that Asha Bhosle had overtaken her big sister's output.

Lata Mangeshkar began work as playback singer in the 1940s and grew to become the most famous playback singer of the century. She received her first proper named credit under her own name in actor/director Raj Kapoor's 1949 film Barsaat (the soundtrack from which forms a third of the Barsaat/Aah/Aag album on EMI India CD PMLP 5188). She would sing for every major actress, including Geeta Bali, Nanda, Nargis, Nimmi, Nutan, Padmini, Sadhana and Meena Shorey. The sheer scale of recording activity makes any examination of her life and works impossible in such a confined space. ~ Ken Hunt
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Aan Milo Sajna / Daag

6. Jab Bhi Jee Chahe

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Track List: Aandhi / Mausam Dastak

6. Ruke Ruke Se Qadam

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Track List: Aarti / Mamta

2. Kabhi To Milegi Kahin To Milegi

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Track List: Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai / Dil Ek Mandir

1. Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai

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Track List: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge & Hits Of Yash Raj

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Track List: Dosti / Taqdeer / Do Raaste

7. Bindiya Chamke Gi

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Track List: Golden Collection: Romantic Mood

1. Jiya Beqarar Hai

2. Tere Sadke Balam

3. Yeh Zindagi Usiki Hai

5. O Mora Nadan Balma

6. Kabhi To Milegi Kahin To Milegi

7. Tera Mera Pyar Amar

9. Zara Si Aahat Hoti Hai

10. Baharon Mera Jeevan Bhi Sanwaro

11. Dheere Dheere Machal

14. Har Khushi Ho Wahan

16. Wadiyan Mera Daman

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Track List: Haunting Melodies

1. Aayega Aanewala

2. Aaja Re Pardesi

3. Kahin Deep Jale Kahin Dil

4. Jhoom Jhoom Dhalti Raat

7. Lag Ja Gale Se Phir

8. Aaja Re Pyar Pukare

11. Akele Hain Chale Aao

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Track List: LeaderGanga Jamuna

9. Dhoondo Dhoondo Re Sajna

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Track List: Loafer / Shagird

1. Dil Wil Pyar Wyar

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Track List: Mahal / Tarana

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Track List: Pyar Ka Mousum/Baharon Ke Sapne

3. Main Na Miloongi

5. Na Ja Mere Hamdam

6. Aap Se Miliye....

8. Aap Chahen Mujhko

9. Aaja Piya Tohe Pyar Doon

13. Kya Janu Sajan

14. O Mere Sajna O Mere Balma

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Track List: Saadgi

1. Mujhe Khabar Thi

2. Ishz Ki Baatein

3. Raat Hai

4. Chand Ke Pyale Se

5. Andhe Khwabon Ko

6. Jo Itne Kareeb Hain

7. Main Kahan Ab Jism Hoon

8. Phir Kahin Door Se

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Track List: Satyam Shivum Sunderam / Prem Rog

1. Satyam Shivam Sundaram ////

5. Yashomati Maiya Se Bole Nandlala ++++

8. Yeh Galiyan Yeh Chaubara

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Track List: Selected Hits From Aradhana,Kati Patang,Amar Prem

7. Na Koi Umang Hai....

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Track List: Sheer Magic: Lata Mangeshkar

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I am a India music lover to bring from there it is what I only listed to and that's only thing I love to do
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I love listen to all her songs, so calm and heart touching.
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I'm not Indian don't understand the language but I have loved her music since I was married in 1965 to my fist wife and now at 70 my niece in her early 50 to go through a a serious brain opt and this the only music can take me and present family through this thanks almighty creator
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I grew up listening to Indian music and I love it is my culture.
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Hi
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You are best thank to say eid Mubarak Lata ji I respect you always
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Love all your songs, old is gold
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yaszz726
Speaks volumes for broken heart.
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Lataji is my favourite singer. Chand Phir nikla all time favourite.
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☆Beautiful love my Indian songs☆
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Love the song, Mera Dil Bhi Kitna Pagal Hai. Love it
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I like Maine pyaar Key songs
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Very understandin g songs love it all.
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great song
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So beautiful
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The dance part is an allaripu.
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Lived it
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Very nice, i love Latica..
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tara.rameshw a r s i n g h
Goddess in disguise.... . . c a n n o t get better than her !! Lord Krishna's Blessings to her !!
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love this ever green artist no one can replace that talent
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I am a born Guyanese living in New York Mukesh,lata, M o h a m m a d Rafi and kishore Kumar is my favorite singer l Enjoy them.May god bless them.
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Love all old songs
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They are the greatest singers from India ever
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nkhan335
No one can ever be able to replace Lata and Rafi.
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These songs are glorious
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Arona Soodeen
-Lata gi is truly a legend I love all her songs especially the songs from Pakeeza Her voice is like a gift from bhagwan, Her songs make me smile cry, laugh and remember past times. A gift to the world from bhagwan for all to enjoy forever
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Although i dont know hindi i love her songs n every words give me the energy to finish my house chores so fast. I love listen to every song she sing. God continue to bless her
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I'm Indian , born in British Guiana, I speak no other language ,only English. But this voice tugs at my heart like no other, and i don't even understand any of it,same for Kishore . Asha and Mukesh. must be my roots
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Her voice is soul voice. I never bore her songs thousand time play. Most time at home & in my car play her song. She had comand, prononce & words expration God Bless her
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Beautiful tone pretty know the girl to it is diyva Bharat the one who die and acts with salman khan
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Aaja re pardasi very !!!!! Love this song
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Love all from her songs
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Beautiful voice, could listen to her all day
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I'm in love with her voice, lovely voice hai na? Fav song Ajeeb Dastan hai yeh. Some day I hope my hindi improves so that I could cover this song lol. Anywho I love bollywood and their music.
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I love lata from as far back as I remember in guyana SA I thank god for giving her to us she cannot be matched her voice brings out my inner feelings thank you god.
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Very sweet and beautiful voice , my favorite singer. Amazing creative and controlled voice of Lata where my day begins and ends listening her songs-old and new.Love you Lataji!!
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maltier36
Love her song great human bing she give us a voice who can express our self in music
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sudhir3691
I love lata ji god has given a grate voice to her i love all her song
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Love my culture ,everything indian
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darshanp0111
I love songs lataji
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I love indian songs , movie, and foods <3
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Love indian music,food and the culture.
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NICE. I LIKE INDIAN MUSIC A LOT. I'M FROM GUATEMALA BUT LOVE INDIAN MOVIES AND I ALWAYS WONDER WHO SINGS. THANKS. :)
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Soul cooling
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Divine
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Classic..... .
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i'm mexican but i love the indian music .





















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absolutely amazing
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pankajpatel1 2 2 8
Nobody beat some song and. Hard to sing still modern world singer
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kennykissoon
Makes you think a little kid singing sometime.

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