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Lata Mangeshkar turns 92: Dharmendra, Juhi Chawla, Riteish and others extend wishes to the Queen of Melody

02:56 PM Sep 28, 2021 | PTI

Singing legend Lata Mangeshkar turned 92 on Tuesday and plans to keep her birthday a simple, quiet family affair.

Known as the Queen of Melody and the Nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar started her career at the age of 13 in 1942 and has sung over 25,000 songs in different languages.

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Her younger sister and singer Usha Mangeshkar said there are no elaborate plans for her birthday. "There are no plans. She will celebrate her birthday at home with family," Usha Mangeshkar told PTI.

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While the list of popular songs sung by Lata Mangeshkar is endless, some of the tracks sung by the Indian film music stalwart in her over seven-decade long career include "Ajeeb dastan hai ye", "Pyar kiya to darna kya", "Satyam shivam sundaram", "Neela asman so gaya", "Dil deewana bin sajna ke", "Tere liye", among others.

Considered one of the greatest playback singers in Indian cinema, she received the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, in 2001.

Also Read: Lata Mangeshkar Birthday: From 'Lag Ja Gale' to 'Mere Khwabon Mein', timeless classics by the Queen of Melody

Lata Mangeshkar is also the recipient of several awards including Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Dada Saheb Phalke Award, and multiple National Film Awards.

Several noted personalities extended birthday wishes to the singing legend on social media.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet said he prays for Mangeshkar's long and healthy life. "Birthday greetings to respected Lata Didi. Her melodious voice reverberates across the world. She is respected for her humility & passion towards Indian culture. Personally, her blessings are a source of great strength. I pray for Lata Didi's long & healthy life," Modi said in a tweet.

Actor Juhi Chawla said she has planted 100 trees on Lata Mangeshkar's birthday. "A 100 trees for the legendary Lataji on her birthday. I am listening to radio and your songs of 70's are being played with much love and respect (sic)," she said.

Veteran star Dharmendra wished for her good health and happiness. "Happy Birthday to dearest Lata ji. World's most beloved singer, my loving Lata ji, wish you stay healthy and happy always," he wrote alongside his picture with Lata Mangeshkar.

Actor Riteish Deshmukh posted a picture of her and wrote, "We are truly blessed to be living in the times of the most loved Bharat Ratna Smt @mangeshkarlata ji .. she is the voice of our souls. आदरणीय लता जी - आपल्याला वाढदिवसाच्या कोटी कोटी शुभेच्छा."

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar tweeted, "Wishing a very Happy Birthday to @mangeshkarlata tai, the voice that touches every heart, Not a single day in my life goes without listening to your songs. May Lord Ganesh bless you with a long and healthy life."

On Tuesday, filmmaker composer Vishal Bhardwaj and veteran lyricist Gulzar announced that a song the duo had recorded with the legendary singer more than two decades ago will be launched on her birthday.

"What emerges from a long lost tape is a record of tenderness, beauty and melody. This echo of the past resonates with the spirit of the Nightingale of India. Let the music and its vessel take your breath away. Happy birthday Lata didi!" Bhardwaj wrote on Twitter as he shared the link to the song on Tuesday.

The track, "Theek Nahi Lagta", was recorded 26 years ago for a film, reportedly starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, that eventually got shelved.

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