She is a singing legend, of that there is no doubt. Lata Mangeshkar reigned over Bollywood playback singing for many decades, and at eighty-plus can still give some of the younger singer todays a run for their money. To add to her countless list of awards, here is yet another honour. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has decided to recognise her contribution to Bengali music with the state’s highest civilian honour, the ‘Banga-Bibhushan’. The lady with the melodious voice has already received honours such as the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan and the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for contribution to Indian cinema.
Confirming after receiving an acceptance from the 86-year-old singer, Mamata Banerjee took to Facebook on Friday to announce the news. Sanjiv Goenka, chairman of music company Saregama, will share the moment with Mamata Banerjee in Mumbai to hand over the award to ‘the nightingale of India’ on October 20th.
Meanwhile, Lata didi has she is fondly called, has her 87th birthday coming up net week, and she has urged her fans strongly to support and donate for the brave Indian soldiers guarding our borders.
The list of her evergreen songs is endless, with she having leant her voice to more than 25,000 numbers. However, here are five which we thought you would like to hum today
1. Ajeeb Daastan Hain Yeh ((Dil Apna Aur Preet Paraya, 1960)
2. Yeh Kahan Aa Gaye Hum (Silsila, 1981). You can watch video here
3. Tere Bina Zindagi Se Koi (Aandhi, 1975) You can watch video here
4. Allah tero naam (Hum Dono, 1961) You can watch video here
5. Yeh Samaa, Samaa hain ye pyaar ka (Jab Jab Phool Khile, 1965)
These will always leave you wanting more!
Feature Image Credit: Times of India