Lata Mangeshkar is an Indian playback singer was born in a Marathi-speaking Gomantak Maratha family, in the princely state of Indore, Madhya Pradesh on 28th September 1929. Her father, Pandit Deenanath Mangeshkar was a classical singer and theatre actor. Her mother Shevanti (Shudhamati) who was from Thalner, Maharashtra, was Deenanath's second wife. She is the first-born child of her parents. Meena, Asha, Usha and Hridaynath are her siblings in order.
She is one of the best-known and most respected playback singers in Mother India. Lata Mangeshkar's career started in 1942 and has crossed over seven years. She has recorded songs for over a thousand Hindi movies and has sung songs in over thirty-six regional Indian languages and foreign languages, however primarily in Marathi and Hindi. She is the elder sister of singers Asha Bhosle, Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar and Meena Mangeshkar. She is the second singer, after M. S. Subbulakshmi, to have ever been awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour.
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