lata3Nasreen Munni Kabir’s book on Lata Mangeshkar, titled, Lata Mangeshkar in her own voice was launched recently. The book chronicles the life of the legendary singer in the form of conversations with her on various topics. Lata Mangeshkar was present at the occasion which also saw a rare appearance by veteran actress Waheeda Rehman. From the newsroom we leave you with some all time hits of Lata Mangeshkar blended with a special report on the launch of the book on the nightingale voice. A voice like a nightingale and humble sweet woman-child, Lata Mangeshkar can be termed as one of the best-known playback singers in the Hindi film industry. Lata Mangeshkar was born on September 28, 1929 in a small town in Sikh Mohalla, Indore. She started her singing career started in 1942 which is spanned over more than six and a half decades. Since a child, Lata Mangeshkar knew what her passion was and that was singing. Trained under many classical gurus, “Aayega Aanewaala,” a song in the popular movie Mahal proved a turning point for her. Lata Mangeshkar has sang songs composed by various acclaimed music directors of the period, including Anil Biswas, Shankar-Jaikishan, Naushad, S. D. Burman, C. Ramchandra. Some of her famous songs include Mohe panghat pe from Mughal -e Azam, Mausam hai Aashiana from Pakeeza, Dil main kisi key pyaar ka from Ek Mahal Ho Sapno Ka, Maine kaha phoolon sey – from Guddi and others. In the 1960s, she recorded several popular songs for S. D. Burman, including Piya Tose from Guide, and Rula key gaya sapna from Jewel Thief. In 1972, Meena Kumari’s last film, Pakeezah was released. It featured popular songs including Chalte Chalte, Inhi Logon Ne and Mausam hai Aashiana sung by Lata Mangeshkar, and composed by Ghulam Mohammed. In 2001, Lata Mangeshkar was awarded Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor. She is the second vocalist ever to have received this award. While Lata Mangeshkar is one of the best singers the film industry could have, nobody knows the true Lata, the sweet woman-child that many talk about. Recently, to bring this legend closer to her audience, a book by Nasreen Munni Kabir titled, Lata Mangeshkar in her own voice. The launch of the book saw a great turnout from Bollywood’s music industry members apart from guest of honour for the evening Javed Akhtar and actress Jaya Bachchan. Also present was Waheeda Rehmaan and Alka Yagnik. Speaking to the media, the dignitaries praised her and spoke about their experience with her. The book also features interesting anecdotes from legends like Waheeda Rehman, Dilip Kumar and family members of Lata Mangeshkar. With cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Pranesh Kumar Roy and Sana Warsia for NMTV News.

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