Shraddhanjali: Lata Mangeshkar's Tribute to the Immortal Legends of Indian Music
Lata Mangeshkar is one of the most celebrated and respected singers in India. She has recorded songs for over a thousand Hindi films and has sung in over 36 regional and foreign languages. She has also been awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, for her contribution to the art and culture of the nation.
In 1980, Lata Mangeshkar released a series of albums titled Shraddhanjali (meaning \"tribute\" in Sanskrit), in which she paid homage to some of the immortal legends of Indian music who had passed away. These albums featured her renditions of some of the most popular and memorable songs sung by these artists, such as K.L. Saigal, Noor Jehan, Geeta Dutt, Mukesh, Hemant Kumar, Talat Mahmood and Kishore Kumar.
The albums were a huge success and received critical acclaim for Lata Mangeshkar's versatility and expression. She managed to capture the essence and style of each singer while adding her own touch to the songs. The albums also showcased her respect and admiration for her fellow singers and their contribution to Indian music.
In 2020, Saregama India Ltd. released two volumes of Shraddhanjali on digital platforms, featuring 14 songs each. These songs are a treat for music lovers who want to relive the golden era of Indian music and enjoy Lata Mangeshkar's tribute to the immortals.
You can listen to Shraddhanjali - My Tribute To The Immortals, Vol. 1[^1^] and Shraddhanjali - My Tribute To The Immortals, Vol. 2[^3^] on Apple Music or buy the CD-R from Amazon[^2^].
Lata Mangeshkar was born in 1929 in Indore, a city in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. She was the eldest of five children of Deenanath Mangeshkar, a renowned classical singer and theatre actor. She inherited her musical talent from her father, who trained her in classical music from a young age. She also learned from other eminent musicians such as Aman Ali Khan and Amanat Khan.
Lata Mangeshkar made her debut as a playback singer in 1942 with the Marathi film Pahili Mangalaa-gaur. She moved to Mumbai (then Bombay) with her family in 1945 and started singing for Hindi films. Her breakthrough came in 1949 with the song \"Aayega Aanewala\" from the film Mahal, which became a huge hit and established her as a leading voice in the industry. She soon became the favourite singer of many music directors and actors, and sang for almost every major heroine of her time.
Lata Mangeshkar's voice was known for its purity, versatility, and emotion. She could sing in various genres and styles, such as classical, semi-classical, ghazals, bhajans, folk, pop, and even foreign languages. She also composed music for some films and albums under the pseudonym Anandghan. She collaborated with many legendary singers such as Mohammed Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Mukesh, Asha Bhosle (her sister), and Manna Dey. Some of her most popular songs include \"Lag Ja Gale\" from Woh Kaun Thi (1964), \"Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh\" from Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai (1960), \"Tere Bina Zindagi Se\" from Aandhi (1975), \"Dil To Pagal Hai\" from Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), and \"Jiya Jale\" from Dil Se.. (1998). aa16f39245