Mumbai: As melody queen Lata Mangeshkar turned 87 on Thursday, celebrities like Amitabh Bachhcan, Sachin Tendulkar and A.R. Rahman wished her good health and a long life.
Starting her career in 1943 at the age of 13 with the song “Naachu ya gade, khelu saari, mani haus bhaariÂ…” for Marathi film “Kiti Hasaal”, she ventured into Hindi cinema with the song “Paa laagu kar jori re” for Vasant Joglekar’s movie “Aap Ki Seva Mein”.
Composer Ghulam Haider gave Lata her first major break in 1948 with the song “Dil mera toda” in the film “Majboor”. With “Aayega aanewaala”, a song in the movie “Mahal”, she registered one of her first musical hits. There was no looking back for her.
Referred to as the Indian Nightingale, some of her hit numbers are “Dil vil pyar wyar”, “Bindiya chamkegi”, “Tune o rangeele kaisa jaadu kiya”, “Mere haathon mein”, “Aaja shaam hone aayi”, “Dil deewana bin sajna ke” and “Kitne ajeeb rishte hai yaha pe” among many. One of her most memorable renditions is of “Ae mere watan ke logon”.
Here’s what celebrities had to say on her birthday:
Amitabh Bachchan: Lata ji…(Lataji…whose voice is as sweet as honey, lot of respect to her and wishing her a very happy birthday.)
Sachin Tendulkar: Lata didi. Times may change but your melodious voice and evergreen songs remain timeless.
A.R.Rahman: Love and respect always. Happy Birthday to you… Lata Mangeshkar.
Madhur Bhandarkar: Happy birthday to Lata Mangeshkar didi. Not a single day passes by without listening to your divine voice. May God bless you abundantly.
Juhi Chawla: Masters of their craft… Lata Mangeshkarji, Yashji, Shah Rukh Khan. Feel so blessed… I could be in such privileged company.
Dia Mirza: Happy birthday to the nightingale of India. Thank you for the songs and joy you have given us Lata Mangeshkar.
Riteish Deshmukh: Wishing the Nightingale of India Lata MangeshkarJi a very happy birthday. A voice that still resonates in every household and unites India.
Shreya Ghoshal: Happy birthday Lata Mangeshkarji. Your voice is one of the biggest inspirations for me. Respects and heartfelt wishes for your good health.
Shekhar Ravjiani: Happy birthday Lata Mangeshkarji…looking forward to the day I get a chance to meet you and take your blessings.
Arijit Singh: Happy birthday Lata Mangeshkarji…Wishing you always happiness and healthy long life.