Whose name is the identity of the music of Indian cinema, who is ‘the nightingale of India’, whose voice has spiritual magic, today is his birthday (Birthday of Lata Mangeshkar). Lata Mangeshkar has fans all over the world. Fans know that a singer like Lata didi is not born again and again. But Lata Mangeshkar considers herself a rare artist. On several occasions, he has told about his musical journey.
Lata Mangeshkar’s passion for singing and self-confidence is seen in the book ‘Her Own Voice’ written by writer and filmmaker Nasreen Munni Kabir. In the book, Lata, referring to the early days of her singing, said that she was once asked to sing a song in front of the famous singer and actress Noor Jehan.
When Noor Jahan said, ‘You will be a great singer’
Lata says, one day she was on the set of the film ‘Badi Maa’. Introducing him, Master Vinay said, ‘Yeh Noorjahan ji hai’, sing a song from him. That’s why I sang raga Jayjaywanti. After this he asked me to sing a film song, so I sang the song ‘Jeevan Hai Bekar Tumhare Bina’ from RC Boral’s film ‘Wapas’. While I was singing, I remembered Baba’s words, He had said, ‘If you sing in front of your Guru, consider yourself to be a Guru’. Keeping this in mind of Baba, I sang the song, he liked my voice. Lata Mangeshkar has mentioned in the book that Noor Jahan, asked her to practice a lot, and said ‘I will become a very good singer someday’ .
Most people believe that the voice of ‘Bharat Ratna’ Lata Mangeshkar is God’s gift. That’s why they do not have to put any effort in singing. In an interview, Lata said with a smile, ‘I also do riyaaz every day like other singers, but when it comes to the food she likes, she cannot control herself’.
Hard work and training is necessary for success
Lata Mangeshkar had disclosed in her interview that 75 percent is natural talent, the rest is your hard work and training. Lata didi says that people believe, ‘A singer needs to pay special attention to food. They advise not to eat chillies, not to consume pickles or even to eat curd’, but I do not pay attention to these things. The great singer further explains that my father always used to say, ‘If you want to become a singer, put restrictions around you, a singer should sing freely, if you do Riyaz regularly, the voice will always be good’.
Invaluable advice from Master Ghulam Haider
Once, during an interview with lyricist Javed Akhtar, Lata Mangeshkar had said that it is because of the lessons taught by Master Ghulam Haider that her voice and singing touch the hearts of the listeners to some extent. Lata didi had told in this interview that Master Ghulam Haider used to tell me, ‘Lata, first understand the lyrics of the song. For this you should know a little Hindi and Urdu. Imagine that the heroine’s sorrow, consider it your own, the happiness she is feeling, feel your tama too, then see how much effect your singing has.
It is our prayer to God that Lata Mangeshkar always brings peace to the hearts of the listeners with her voice and singing.
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