On Lata Mangeshkar's 90th birthday, Government to honour her with 'Daughter Of The Nation' title for contribution to Indian music


Melodious singer Lata Mangeshkar needs no introduction. The veteran, with her enchanting voice, has mesmerised the audience ranging from an infant to a senior citizen over the years. And it won't be wrong to say Lataji has set the benchmark for singers and musicians way too high to match up and why not. With melodies ranging from devotional to romantic, she has done it all with grace and brilliance. So much so, all the prestigious awards find a way to reach her, all thanks to her miraculous voice. Now, as she will about to enter into her 90th year, the current government headlined by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to felicitate her with yet another title. The Modi government is said to be planning to honour the legendary playback singer with 'Daughter Of The Nation' title on her 90th birthday that falls on September 28, 2019. Lataji will be awarded the title as a tribute to her contribution to Indian film music over seven decades.

"Modiji is a very big fan of Lataji's voice. She represents the collective voice of the Indian nation. Honouring her is to honour the daughter of the nation and that's what we will officially designate her on her 90th birthday," a source from the Government informed. For the occasion, poet-lyricist Prasoon Joshi has written a special song.

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Lataji, born by the name of Hema to Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar, a classical singer cum theatre actor and Shevanti Mangeshkar, made her singing debut with the song Mata Ek Sapoot Ki Duniya Badal De Tu for the Marathi film Gajaabhaau, released in 1943. From then, there was no looking back as she went on to record almost 5025 songs. The veteran has been conferred with Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour and is the second vocalist to receive this after M. S. Subbulakshmi. Her siblings include maestros of the music industry- Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar, Hridaynath Mangeshkar and Meena Khadikar.

(Source: Inputs from IANS)