Lata Mangeshkar is one of the best-known singers of Bollywood. She has sung songs not just in Hindi but other regional languages. Who was her family? When did she start her singing journey? Many more questions right! Let us here at IWMBuzz give you a small sneak peek into the life of Lata Mangeshkar and her musical family.
Lata Mangeshkar started singing at the age of five. It was her father Deenanath Mangeshkar who gave her lessons in singing. He was a Marathi performer and Lata used to perform as an actress in his musical plays. Earlier the family surname was Hardikar but they changed it to Mangeshkar as they wanted to identify with their birthplace of Mangeshi in Goa. Lata Mangeshkar had a young brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar and 3 other sisters Asha Bhosle, Meena Khadikar and Usha Mangeshkar.
When Lata Mangeshkar was 13 years old, it was then that a calamity fell upon them. The family lost their sole breadwinner, their father and so Lata being the eldest in the family had to start working. With several decades in the music industry, Lata Mangeshkar made quite a name for herself. She was crowned the Nightingale of India and The Daughter of the Nation. She was also awarded the highest civilian award for India by the Government. Throughout her career, she got many awards and achievements (Read: )
Following the elder sister’s footsteps, Asha Bhosle also entered the music world, being the youngest and also made quite a name. The Mangeshkars have all given quite memorable gems to the country. All of the siblings are very well renowned artists. Who can forget the soulful voice of the perfect two Lata and Asha, also their brother Hridaynath is known as Balasaheb in the industry. There’s also a book showcasing Meena’s journey from Lata Mangeshkar’s struggles titled Didi Aur Main.
Bollywood is truly blessed with the contributions of the Mangeshkar family!!