India’s singing sensation Lata Mangeshkar, who has turned 88 today, has so far sung close to 25,000 songs and the numbers are still counting. The magic she has created with her voice in the film industry is far away from comparison to any other singer existing in the music industry. 

Lata Mangeshkar’s began his singing career in 1942 when she sung the song ‘Naachu Yaa Gade, Khelu Saari Mani Haus Bhaari’ composed by Sadashivrao Nevrekar for a Marathi movie Kiti Hasaal. However, the song was later dropped. The singing legend sung songs for over thousand Hindi films and in over thirty-six regional Indian languages and foreign languages.

Singing her first song 1942, she hasn’t stopped from there. Be it the era of 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s or the present times, Lata Mangeshkar has always remain unstoppable and beyond comparison to any other singer.

Her playback singing suited to every actress of every phase of the Indian film industry. Be it was classic, Golden or modern era, her singing style and perfection has remained unmatched.

Taking her early lessons from her father, Lata Mangeshkar at the age of five started to work as an actress in her father’s musical plays. 

In 1945, Mangeshkar came to Mumbai and devoted her time taking lessons in Hindustani classical music from Ustad Aman Ali Khan of Bhendibazaar Gharana.

There would be hardly any music composer in the industry for who Lata Mangeshkar had not sang any songs. Music directors like Anil Biswas, Shankar Jaikishan, Naushad Ali, SD Burman, RD Burman, Pandit Amarnath Husan Lal Bhagat Ram, Madan Mohan in the golden era or Jatin-Lalit, AR Rahman, Shankar Ehasaan Loy and many other in the modern times.

She is considered to be master of singing and is a living ideal for every singer in the Indian film industry. Lata Mangeshkar has grabbed several awards during her singing career. It is said that lately, she had asked Award Function organisers to not nominate her name in award functions as if her name used to be in nominations, then other singer won’t win.

On Lata Mangeshkar’s 88 birthday, let us take a look at her biggest hits ever: 

  • Man Dole Mera Tan Dole from Nagin Song (1954)

  • Lag Jaa Gale from Woh Kaun Thi (1964)

  • Yeh Galiyan Yeh Chaubara from Prem Rog (1982)

  • Jab Hum Jawan Honge from Betaab (1983)

  • Didi Tera Devar Deewana from Hum Aapke Hain Koun (1994)

  • Mere Khwabon Mein from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)

  • Dil To Pagal Hai from Dil To Pagal Hai (1997)

  • Tere Liye from Veer Zaara (2004)

  • Ye Hum Aa Gaye Hain Kahaan from Veer Zaara (2004)

  • Luka Chuppi from Rang De Basanti (2006)