What Lata Mangeshkar’s father said when he first sang on the radio 79 years ago

Lata Mangeshkar shared this photo. (Image courtesy: lata_mangeshkar)


  • Lata Mangesh shared a memory on Twitter on Wednesday
  • He remembered singing Natyageet for his first radio performance
  • Lata Mangeshkar’s father died in 1942

New Delhi:

Did you know that music legend Lata Mangeshkar first sang on the radio on December 16, 1941? Yes, it’s true. The Bollywood nightingale, who often shares memories of his work and childhood diaries on his Twitter profile, recalled singing Natyageet for his first radio performance Wednesday. Lata Mangeshkar, 91, also recalled what her father, famous classical singer and stage actor Deenanath Mangeshkar, said about her performance. “Aaj se 79 saal pehle 16 December 1941 ko maine Radio par pehli baar gaaya. Maine 2 Natyageet gaaye the. Jab mere Pitaji ne woh sune tab wo bahut khush hue, unhone meri maa se kaha ki Lata ko aaj radio pe sunke mujhe bahut khushi hui, ab mujhe kisi baat ki chinta nahi. (79 years ago, on December 16, 1941, I sang for the first time on the radio. I sang two Natyageets. When my father listened to my songs, he was very happy. He said to my mother: “Today, listening to Lata’s songs on the radio it made me very happy. Now I have no more worries “, tweeted the veteran singer.

Read Lata Mangeshkar’s tweet here:

Lata Mangeshkar’s father died in 1942. The eldest of five brothers, Lata Mangeshkar then assumed financial responsibility for the family and became a professional singer. Lata Mangeshkar got her first big break in Bollywood with the song Dil Mera Toda from the 1948 movie Majboor. However, she became popular for singing the track Aayega Aanewaala from the movie Mahal (1949).

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Lata Mangeshkar’s sisters Asha, Meena and Usha are also singers. Their brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar is an Indian music director.

Lata Mangeshkar sang in Hindi, Marathi, Bengali and other regional languages. She has also been awarded the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Dadasaheb Phalke Award, as well as numerous national and film awards.