- Lata Mangeshkar celebrates her 88th birthday today
- Lata Mangeshkar said that age doesn't dampen her spirit
- Lata Mangeshkar talked about her initial struggling days
Lata Mangeshkar told IANS: "Should I tell you the truth? I don't feel my age at all. I still feel young. I've never been weighed down by my troubles. Everyone has her share of problems in life. Even when I was young and struggling, and I was happy hopping from studio to studio bumping into other strugglers like Kishore Da and Mukesh bhaiya."
Talking about her struggling days, she added, "Those were fun times even when I had to go hungry for the entire day. There was no money in my purse. But there was only hope in my heart. And the belief that no matter how tough the future looked there was always hope for a better tomorrow," reports IANS.
She shared an incident when she fainted at one of her recordings. Lata Mangeshkar told IANS: "It happened with Naushad saab. We were recording a song on a long hot summer afternoon. You know how Mumbai gets in summer. During those days, there was no air conditioning in the recording studios. And even the ceiling fan was switched off during the final recording. I just fainted."
Lata Mangeshkar remembered her fun times and said, "I had some really fun times. I remember I was recording a duet with Uma Devi who later became the comedienne Tun Tun. Uma Devi was as khati-peeti back then as a singer as she was later as an actress, so there we were, the two of us singing into the same mic. Back then, duets were recorded on one mic. Me, a frail reed-like pint-sized girl, she quite formidable in her physical appearance. I was given a stool to stand on, as I had a problem reaching the mic. I sang my lines and then when Uma Devi moved forward to sing into the mic and nudged my shoulder, I fell right to the ground," reports IANS.
When asked about her heart-breaking songs and that the whole congregation at the recording wept when she sang Madan Mohan's Heer in Heer Ranjha and Sachin Dev Burman's Tum Mujhse Dur Chale Jana Na in Ishq Par Zor Nahin, Lata Mangeshkar told IANS: "Except for me, they were all crying. I've never been a weeper even when singing the most somber songs. I've always preferred laughter to tears. God has always been kind. I've never been given any reason for tears. I think I cried the most when I lost my father and my mother."
At the end, Lata Mangeshkar gave us all a reason to feel happy with her positive thoughts. Of her happy years in music industry and her life, she said, "I can't thank the listeners enough for bearing with me for 70 years. I didn't even how the time flew by. If I had a chance to live it all again I wouldn't change a thing."
Lata Mangeshkar has recorded songs for thousands of Bollywood films and has sung in over 36 languages. She is known for her soulful melodies including Aayega Aanewala, Lag Jaa Gale and Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Ye.
Shraddha Kapoor Instagrammed a picture featuring herself and Lata Mangeshkar, who is also Shraddha's grandmother. She wrote: "Happiest birthday to my lovely Lata aaji."
Here's what Lata Mangeshkar's sister Asha Bhosle posted for her didi:
"What's so happy in a birthday. I'm a year older"-Didi. Super sense of humour from a Great artiste & a Loving sister. Wishing her the Best.— ashabhosle (@ashabhosle) September 28, 2017
"The woman with the golden voice and evergreen melodies," wrote Anil Kapoor
Here are some other tweets for Lata Mangeshkar:
28th September Birthdays. Bhagat Singh ji Lata Mangeshkar ji: Rima Jain: Ranbir Kapoor. Second life of mine, 44 years back, "Bobby"released!— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) September 27, 2017
Janam din Mubarak Lata-ji.. wish you good health and happiness always... with love, respect & gratitude. @mangeshkarlata— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) September 28, 2017
We too wish Lata Mangeshkar a very Happy Birthday.
(With inputs from IANS)