Lata Mangeshkar

Born: 28 September 1929 (age 88), Indore

Quotes

  • About singing for Veer-Zaara (2004): "Madan Mohan was like my brother. Yashji's like my brother. I felt I had gone back in time."
  • About her love of diamonds: "I've been fond of diamonds from childhood. As a child, my father used to design jewelry. But we couldn't afford them. He had a keen eye for jewelry and was fond of wearing precious stones. We kids were equally fascinated by jewels. But until I became a professional playback singer, I refused to wear jewelry. I had decided I'd wear only diamonds."
  • About the number of her songs being remixed in music videos: "I don't like it. I don't like remix albums as a concept. On top of that, these girls dancing in itsy-bitsy clothes suggestively! From childhood we've been told that a woman's dignity is in the way she conducts herself in public. The less you reveal, the more attractive you appear. I must say that the songs that I considered vulgar in those days seem like bhajans [devotional music] compared with what's being sung these days! Yes, I've sung naughty songs, but "Kaanta Lagaa," for instance, had another context when I sang it. I feel sorry for the girl who was seen in the music video of "Kaanta Lagaa." I've heard she's from a decent family. Why wasn't she stopped by her family? Ambition? If she did it with their consent, then God help them. I struggled hard to get where I am - that's why I am still here."
  • About music composition: "It doesn't suit me. Although I've done it in the past, now I don't feel like it. I don't think I've the patience."
  • About the December 2004 tsunami: "This sort of calamity shakes our faith in every law of nature. Little children, women, and entire families have perished. We must help...yes we must."

Trivia

  • Sister of Asha Bhosle
  • Daughter of Dinanath Mangeshkar
  • A legendary playback singer in Indian movies, she recorded over 30,000 songs in 14 Indian languages, making her the most recorded voice in history.
  • Was awarded the Bharatha Rathna, the highest civilian honor by the Government of India.
  • Mentioned in the song "Brimful of Asha" by Cornershop. (The title refers to her sister, Asha Bhosle, who is also mentioned in the song.).