Lata Mangeshkar Genre: World/Reggae, Film/Bollywood, India Hometown: India
Lata Mangeshkar was born in the city of Indore in 1929 to a Gujarati mother and
noted actor-singer of the Marathi stage, Dinanath Mangeshkar. Her father was
also her musical 'guru'. After his sudden demise in 1942, Lata had to set off in
search of work at the tender age of 13, in order to support her family.
Initially, she performed bit roles in a few Marathi and Hindi films.
She made her playback singing debut with Vasant Joglekar's Marathi film Kiti
Hasaal (1942), but the song was dropped from the film. Finally, she got her
first break with the same director's Aap Ki Sewa Mein, five years later.
However, it was Ghulam Haider's Majboor (1948) that actually pushed Lata into
prominence. By the time she sang ‘Uthaye jaa unke sitam’ for Naushad in Andaz (1949) and
‘Aayega aanewala’ for Khemchand Prakash in Mahal (1949), she had already
obliterated prominent singers of the day like Shamshad Begum and Amirbai
Karnataki. And once Noorjehan migrated to Pakistan post-Partition, there was no
one left to challenge Lata Mangeshkar's supremacy over the realm of playback
singing. A position she has maintained to this day!