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Lata Mangeshkar Biography (date of birth, age, birth place, parents, marital status, singing career, awards, first song, net worth, husband)

Lata Mangeshkar is well known as Sur Samragyi or Sur Kokila as she happens to be one of the most celebrated singers in the country. The legend has sung in more than 36 Indian languages and aced every bit of playback and traditional singing. With countless accolades, Lata Mangeshkar is the most versatile and iconic singer in the country. Let us go through the article to know more about the incredible journey of Lata Mangeshkar.

Lata Mangeshkar Biography

Name (Real)Hema Mangeshkar
Date of Birth28 September 1929
Place of BirthIndore
Age92 years
ParentsPandit Deenanath Mangeshkar and Shevanti 
SiblingsHridayanath, Meena, Asha, and Usha
Marital StatusUnmarried

Early Life of Lata Mangeshkar

Lata Mangeshkar was born to Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar and Shevanti on 28 September 1929. Her birthplace is Indore. Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar was a theatre actor and classical singer. Lata’s grandfather Ganesh Bhatt Navathe Hardikar was a priest in Mangueshi Temple situated in Goa. Lata was born as Hema but later her parents changed the name. Lata Mangeshkar is the eldest of her siblings. Her siblings Hridayanath, Meena, Asha, and Usha are big names in the arena of the music industry. Her father Deenanath Mangeshkar was her first teacher. Lata started working as an actress in musical plays at the age of five.

Singing Career of Lata Mangeshkar

Lata lost her father at the age of 13. Her family was taken care of by Master Vinayak who was her father’s friend. Master Vinayak helped Lata to start her career in the music and acting industry. Lata got a small role in the Marathi movie Pahili Mangalaa gaur (1942). Lata sang her first song ‘ Mata Ek Sapoot ki Duniya’ for a Marathi Movie in 1943.

Lata started her training for Hindustani classical music from Ustad Aman Ali Khan. In her early career, Lata got an opportunity to sing in Aap ki Seva Mein ( 1946). In the 1950s and 60s, the iconic singer gave her voice to all the top actresses in Bollywood. Madhumati, Aasha, Amardeep, Baagi, Mughal e Aazam, Pocketmaar, Bees Saal Baad, Adalat, Jailor are some of the names from a vast list of hit movies she delivered in the early decades of her career.

Proceeding to the 90s, Lata worked for music directors like Jatin-Lalit, Adesh Srivastava, Anu Malik, A R Rehman, and so on. Lata Mangeshkar even started her own production house in 1990. One of the noteworthy facts is that Lata Mangeshkar has lent her voice for almost all the major hits of Yash Chopra.

Lata Mangeshkar career in Music Direction

Lata Mangeshkar has tried her hands at music direction too. For the first time, she composed the music for Marathi Movie Ram Ram Pavhane. Lata Mangeshkar also received Maharashtra Government Best Music Director Award for Sadhi Manase.

Lata Mangeshkar Career in Production

There are four films that Lata Mangeshkar’s production house released:

  • Vaadal (Marathi)
  • Jhanjhaar( Hindi)
  • Kanchan Ganga ( Hindi)
  • Lekin (1990)

Awards and recognitions of Lata Mangeshkar

National AwardsBest Playback Female Singer for Paricha, 1972Best Playback Female Singer for Kora Kagaz, 1974Best Playback Female Singer for Lekin, 1990
Filmfare AwardsMadhumati,1959Bees Saal Baad, 1963Khandan, 1966Jeene Ki Raah,1970Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award, 1994Filmfare Special Award, 1995
Maharashtra State Film AwardsBest Playback Singer, 1966Best Playback Singer, 1977Maharashtra Bhushan Award,1997Maharashtra Ratna,2001
Government of India AwardsPadma Bhushan, 1969Dada Sahab Phalke Award, 1989Padma Vibhushan, 1999Bharat Ratna, 2001
Note:Many more achievements are there apart from above mentioned.

Illness of Lata Mangeshkar

  • In 2019, she was suffering from asphyxia due to a chest infection.
  • In 2022, She is tested positive for Covid 19 and has been admitted to ICU.


What is the real name of Lata Mangeshkar?

Hema Mangeshkar.

Who was the first recipient of Maharashtra Ratna?

Lata Mangeshkar.

Who was the first teacher of Lata Mangeshkar?

Her father.

Which is the first song of Lata Mangeshkar?

Her first song is ‘ Mata Ek Sapoot ki Duniya’.

When did Lata Mangeshkar receive Bharat Ratna?


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