It is a career that defies all analysis. Lata Mangeshkar ,the Sing Sena Supremo completes , 75 years of singing.
Says Lataji, “I started singing five years before India gained independence, It was the year 1942, and I was 13 years old when I became a professional singer. To have lasted so long is nothing short of a miracle, I agree. But it is also a lot of hard work.I don’t want to glorify my childhood struggle. But it wasn’t easy being a professional at that age. Bahot dhakke khaane
So where and how did the Lata Mangeshkar saga actually begin?
The Nightingale takes a deep breath and remembers, “There are many versions and stories of who discovered me and who was instrumental in giving me my first big break. Let me tell you the true story.When I came toMumbai I worked for Master Vinayak. My sister Meena and I stayed with Master Vinayak’s father while the rest of my family lived in my mother’s parents’ home. In 1946 I told Master Vinayak that I needed to live with my family. That’s when we all started living in one home .In 1947 Master Vinayak passed away.”
This is where the story of Lataji’s unparalleled success actually begins. “Ten days after Master Vinayak’s death a photographer who worked in his company took me to a music director Harishchandra Vade. He heard me sing and recorded two songs in my voice for a film called Love Is Blind. That film got shelved. However a junior-artiste supplier, a Pathan, heard me sing.He recommended me to Master Ghulam Haider who has just come from Pakistan. I really respected him for his music in Khazanchi, Shahid,