Lata Mangeshkar – The nightingale of India turns 80 today. It’s too hard to believe her age as it’s still crystal- clear, with pitch and mainly it suits the young heroines too.
Lataji is a terrific singer. She deserves the title “Nightingale of India” I dont have age or experience to say about the legend. She has dedicated her whole life for Music without getting married. You can say she’s married to Music. I became a gr8 fan of her when I was in Kolkata. She has sung two songs in Tamil. Evergreen “Valaiyosai…” from Kamalhassan starrer Sathya and “Engirundho Azhaikkum..” frm Karthik starrer En Jeevan Paadudhu. Probably, the first Hindi song of Lataji I wud hav heard recognising and liking her voice might be “Tere me beech mein” from K.Balachander’s Ek Duuje Ke Liye. I used to listen to those songs when I was in 8th or 9th. Solah baras ki from the same movie is a classic. She should have got an award for that song. But SPB got National Award for his version of Tere Mere Beech mein. The most funniest thing is when Kamal (read SPB, the debut singer) says to Rati (Read Lata, the legendary singer) Parava illaiye.. Nee romba nalla paadura! (You sing better!). That’s KB!!!
She has sung for old actresses like Madhubala, Meena Kumari, Rakhee, Jaya Bachchan, Hema Malini, but her voice suited for Sridevi and Madhuri too in many of their films. She was 66 when she sang for Kajol in DDLJ. The songs and film were blockbuster. Her “jiya jale..” from Dil Se was too good with the romantic feel. (She was 68 then). She sang for 3 actresses: Hema Malini, Preity Zinta and Rani Mukherji in Yash Raj’s Musical Hit Veer Zaara in 2004. None could say she was 75 then. Even the legendary South indian singers like P.Suseela abd S.Janaki lost the magic in their voices. Still Lataji has the magic which was obvious in the most recent kitne ajeeb rishte hai… from Page 3.
My fav songs Oldies of Lata (Not by order)
1. Kabhi Kabhi mere dil mein from Kabhi Kabhi (I’m get memerised when I listened to this)
2. Tere bina zindagi se koi and Is mod se jaate hain from Aandhi (Masterpieces)
3. Solah Baras ki from Ek Duuje K Liye (Terrific singing and Lyrics)
4. Salaam-e-ishq meri jaan (Awesome Lyrics)
5. Nadiya kinare and Piya Bina fro Abhimaan
6. Kuhu kuhu bole koyaliyan from Suvarna Sundari (Wat a classic)
7. Na Koi Umang Hai from Kati Patang
8. Kya Janoo sajan
9. Mere Sason ko jo mehak aa rahi hai
10.Bahon mein chale aao from Anamika (So romantic)
10.Ruke ruke se kadam from Mausam
12.Sheeshse ho ya dil ho
13.Ajeeb Dastan hai yeh
14.Chalte Chalte from Pakeezah
15.Khilte hai gul yahaan from Sharmilee
and it’s an endless list
I love the songs of Chandni, Lamhe, Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, DDLJ, Dil To Pagal Hai and Veer Zaara where Lataji has sung for younger actresses with her veratality.
I wish her a Very Happy B’day through my blog and wish her to sing in movies again.
P.S: Today Ranbir Kapoor shares his B’day with the legend. He turns 27. Hope Deepika would have given a perfcect B’day gift for her beau. (I like Rishi Kapoor. Still he’s more charming than Ranbir who has drowsy looks and is an apt choice for Wake Up Sid).