Lata Mangeshkar is the melody Queen of India. Lata Mangeshkar has ruled over the hearts of millions of music lovers throughout the world for the last forty years by the magic of her melodious voice. She was born on 29th September 1928, in Indore (Madhya Pradesh) in a family of musicians. She took to singing at the age of 13. She has sung songs based on classical Indian music and ragas, bhajans or devotional songs, romantic and melancholic songs and so on.
Lata's name has come in the Guinness Book of Records as the singer of the highest number of songs. She has already sung over 30,000 songs in a variety of languages.
She is recipient of many awards and honours both within the country and abroad. The Government of India has conferred on her the title of 'Padma Shri'. The Government of Madhya Pradesh has instituted an annual award of Rs. 1 Lakh in her name. She has also received the prestigious 'Filmfare Award' for best singer many times. 'Dadasaheb Phalke Award' was conferred upon her in the year 1989 and 'Rajiv Gandhi Sadhbhavana Award' in 1997. Her hit songs of the films Anarkali, Mughul-E-Azam, Bees Saal Baad, Amar Prem, Mehbooba, Sangam, Jurmana, Arpan, Ek Duje Ke Liya, Ram Teri Ganga Maili etc. are worth mentioning. The songs sung by Lata in the recent films '1942- a Love Story, Dilwale Dulhanya Le Jayenge, Dil To Pagal Hai etc, ' have become enormously popular and shows that Lata's voice has improved further in spite of her age.