One of the most talented and respected singers in the Indian industry, Lata Mangeshkar celebrates her 81st birthday today (28th September). The Guinness Record holding singer began her career when she was 13 years old, in 1942. Lata was no stranger to music; her father, Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar, was a classical singer and theatre actor. Later, her sisters, Asha Bhosle and Usha Mangeshkar followed her footsteps into playback singing.

Wishing Lata Mangeshkar A Happy Birthday!
(left)Lata Mangeshkar as a child; Lata Mangeshkar (bottom left)

Lata Mangeshkar began her career with the song ‘Naachu Yaa Gade’ in the Marathi movie Kiti Hasaal in 1942. The Bharat Ratna winner last lent her voice to a song from the film Jail in 2009. Madhur Bhandarkar, the director of ‘Jail’ wished her on Twitter, “Wishing you Lata Didi many happy returns of the day….May god bless you with good health, love and peace..Love MB”

Lata’s sister, Asha Bhosle regretted not being able to celebrate her sister’s birthday, “My favourite Female Singer & also my Elder Sister Latadidi celebrates her birthday today…Will miss out her birthday celebrations in person as I am in Hong Kong, but my well wishes are always with Latadidi.”

With the birthday wishes pouring in, Lata Mangeshkar couldn’t help but thank everyone for their greetings, “I am deeply touched and overwhelmed with your love and kind wishes on my birthday…it is only because of your constant support and love that I feel the need to keep going on…I thank you all from my heart…The child in me is still very alive…never ever let the child in you die.”

Wishing the unparalleled singer a very happy birthday and may the music never stop!

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