Lata Mangeshkar turns 86, B-town wishes melody queen

As melody queen Lata Mangeshkar turned 86 on Monday, the Hindi film fraternity wished her a year full of happiness.

Starting her career in 1943 at the age of 13 with the song 'Naachu ya gade, khelu saari, mani haus bhaari...' for Marathi film 'Kiti Hasaal', she went on to record songs for more than 1,000 films in 36 languages and earned the undisputed queen of melody.

Lata, who started her career in 1942 with Marathi songs, 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'.

One of her first major hits was 'Aayega aanewaala', a song in the movie 'Mahal', which was composed by music director Khemchand Prakash and lip-synced on screen by actress Madhubala.

In 1974, the Guinness Book of World Records (as it was then called) listed Mangeshkar as the most recorded artist in history, stating that she had reportedly recorded "not less than 25,000 solo, duet and chorus backed songs in 20 Indian languages" between 1948 and 1974.

Some of her hit numbers are 'Dil wil 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.

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