The legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar who passed away at 92 on 06.02.2022 (Sunday) was fondly known as the Nightingale of India. She was admitted to the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai in January after she was tested positive for coronavirus.
She was the recipient of the highest civilian award of India, the Bharat Ratna as she ruled over the Indian film industry for decades. Born in 1929, in pre-independence India, the singer captivated music crazy Indians with her lilting voice and captivating range, singing everything from romantic hits to patriotic songs both for albums and films.
She will remain with us till eternity, her songs have been celebrated in every emotional phase of the Indians and will continue to do so. With that, we retrospect some of her great achievements and iconic songs.
Top 10 Most Iconic Songs Of Lata Mangeshkar
It is extremely difficult to choose the 10 best songs of Lata Mangeshkar among 3000 songs sung by her in 30 varied languages. But we would dare to do this. So here are top the 10 most iconic songs by Lata Mangeshkar that remain in our hearts forever.
- Zara Si Aahat: This song is from the film Haqeeqat which is one of the most memorable songs sung by Lata Mangeshkar. This song has been composed by Madan Mohan and has been written by Kaifi Azmi. Her humming voice and the potential to transcend from higher to lower ones offers this song character.
- Lag Ja Gale: How can we forget one of the masterpieces? This is another gem by Madan Mohan that has been written by Raja Mehdi Ali Khan for the movie Woh Kaun Thi? (1964). This song is famous even among those who are not inclined towards Bollywood music. The voice modulation of Lata and also her control over the pitch are great.
- Piya Tose Naina Laage Re: Lyricist Shailendra wrote this music, S D Burman composed it into music and Lata Mangeshkar gave life into it for the film Guide (1965). The ultimate innocence in her voice makes the song sound delightful.
- Is Mod Se Jaate Hain: The Gulzar-RD Burman-Lata trio has produced numerous beautiful songs. But this specific song from the film Aandhi (1975) is on the list for the amazing variations Lata takes with ultimate perfection.
- Bahon Mein Chale Aao: This romantic tune by the Lata-RD Burman duo for the film Anamika (1973), is another famous composition. Lata’s voice in this song offers a unique playfulness, utter proof of her versatility.
- Ye Kahan Aa Gaye Hum: Composition by Javed Akhtar-Shiv Hari and the powerful vocals of Lata changed this into a piece of magical music, an ode to love and companionship, in the film Silsila (1981).
- Ye Dil Aur Unki Nigaahon Ke Saaye: This song from Prem Parbat (1973), that has been composed by Jaidev in Raag Pahadi and written by Jan Nisar Akhtar, is another gem. The mellifluous and calming voice of Lata makes it an all time favorite.
- Dil Hoom Hoom Kare: This hauntingly mesmerizing song by Gulzar and Bhupen Hazarika for the film Rudaali (1993), is simply amazing. The high notes, the pauses and the emotional depth in the voice of Lata immortalized this song.
- Jiya Jale: This is a A R Rahman song from the 1998 film Dil Se. This is easily one of the best of his entire career. The strong Malayalam lyrics, the softness of the voice of Lata and upbeat music make it one of a kind.
- Luka Chuppi: This is again one of the best songs that is based on the relationship between a child and mother. Heavily dipped in emotion, the lyrics of this A R Rahman song from the film Rang de Basanti (2006), were improved by the tenderness of Lata’s voice.
Prestigious Awards Received By Lata Mangeshkar
The soothing voice of Lata Mangeshkar has rung out the television sets from movie theaters for most of Independent India’s three quarters for nearly a century making hers the magical voice of many generations. She has received various prestigious awards for her contribution to Indian music. Here are some of those awards received by Lata Mangeshkar.
- 1969 – Padma Bhushan
- 1959, 1963, 1966, 1970 – Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards
- 1972, 1974, 1990- National Film Awards for Best Female Playback Singer
- 1974 – Recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records for having sung the maximum number of songs in the world
- 1989 – Dada Saheb Phalke Award
- 1997 – Maharashtra Bhushan Award
- 1993 – Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award
- 1994, 2004 – Filmfare Special Awards
- 1997 – Rajiv Gandhi Award
- 1999 – Padma Vibhushan
- 2001 – Bharat Ratna
- 2008 – ‘One Time Award for Lifetime Achievement’ honor to commemorate the 60th anniversary of India’s independence
- 2001 – Maharashtra Ratna (First Recipient)
- 2007 – Legion of Honor, the highest decoration in France
It is very sad that we will not be having this legend among us anymore, but Lata Mangeshkar songs and works will remain in the hearts of the Indians for more centuries to come. We wish her soul rest in peace.