Lata Mangeshkar has had a musical career lasting about 70 years. It started with struggle and is still a tale of triumph and stratospheric success. This long, often painful and always upward climb has been documented by Lataji’s sister Meena Mangeshkar-Khadikar in her book, Mothi Tichi Saavli, in Marathi, published last year. Now the Hindi translation, Didi Aur Main is ready for release, and Lataji herself will do the honours on September 29, five days from today, one day after her birthday.
This book is all about the journey of a singer, from the time her father passed away and she had to step in to support the family, to her position at the pinnacle of success. Her first hit came with Ayegaa aanewala from Mahal (1948) and between 1953 and 2011, Lataji was in demand for every song that was worth its well-composed tune. Even as she sang playback for generations of movie stars, she also toured, giving concerts and making albums. For many of these performances, Meenatai was present, in India and abroad, being a support system vocally and emotionally. The book has rare pictures of the sisters and the rest of the family as well, along with stories of bonding and togetherness. With its translation into Hindi and perhaps – later on – English, the life of one of the best known voices in India will be shared with a much wider audience!
As you wait to read Didi Aur Main, listen to 5 of Lata Mangeshkar’s most memorable songs…
- Tumhen yaad karte karte (Amrapali)
- Jaane kya baat hai (Sunny)
- Zindagi pyaar ka geet hai (Souten)