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Lata Mangeshkar - Features

Lata Mangeshkar - Features

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  •     When melody speaks
    What happens when the voice of the nation speaks to the audience during a concert in Dubai?...
  •     Lata - In a league of her own!
    What actually makes Lata - ‘Lata’? What separates her from other singers? What is so special in her renditions that appeals to a listener, be it a commoner or a connoisseur? How can we exactly describe her singing style? This is my take on what c...
  •     Lata - Is she the greatest Indian film-singer?
    Lata was the first singer to have really brought an aura of respectability to the often-tainted film music- medium. She was acclaimed for her virtuosity by practically every stalwart of Indian music from Bade Ghulam Ali Khan to Pandit Ravishankar....
  •     Lata Mangeshkar- A Brief Biography
    Born on 28th September 1929 in Indore (M.P.), Lata Mangeshkar is one of the greatest singers India has ever produced. Mangeshkar family could very well be called the premier musical family of India as father Pt. Dinanth and 5 siblings- Lata, Usha, As...
  •     Lata and Asha - A Duet Forever
    It is surprising that over their amazing six decades-long career, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle- arguably the two greatest female playback singers sang so few duets together and even more surprising that out of those, only a few songs turned out to...
  •     Woh Bhooli Dastan
    As the strains of Do pal rukaa from Veer-Zaara (2004) filtered through the transom of contemporary Hindi film music onto the eager ears, one could feel the strong sense of musical deja vu. Been here, heard that. The voice, having weathered almost a h...
  •     Saluting A Legend
    As the Hindi film music- the most popular Indian music genre fast goes on shedding its independent, indigenous entity and rushes headlong onto an irreversible path of becoming a so-called global entity; remembering and re-analyzing the Indian Melody ...
  •     Analysing Lata - Part 2
    I vividly remember the first time I heard Lata’s voice in 1949 - it was in the film Badi Bahen, which I had gone to see with my (20 years older than me) cousin, rather who had taken me along with him, in a cinema theater in Calcutta. I had heard t...
  •     Analysing Lata- Part 1
    Writing a few lines about Lata as a singer in an objective fashion is not easy for me. This is like asking me to write about my own lifeline. Going back as far as I can go in my memory map, I realize that the first song I ever heard was sung by her! ...
  •     Voice Vote
    On January 7, 2000 the re­sults of the largest-ever popu­larity poll conducted in India were announced - Lata Mangeshkar was voted one of the top four Indians of the 20th century. This was a day both of confirmation and celebration. Confirmation of...
  •     Lata - Kishore - A Special Chemistry
    He was the master of macho musical romanticism. She was the undisputed queen of golden melody. No wonder, voices of Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar complemented each other so well. Just listen to heady romance of Shokhiyon Mein Ghola Jaaye; feel th...
  •     Is Lata Really A Failed Goddess?
    Farzana Versey's article ‘The Devi V/s Diva. Lata Mangeshkar- The Failed Goddess?' about the pluses and minuses of Lata as a singer is as biased as it gets. The writer wants to portray Lata as an achiever who through her technical mastery and co...
  •     The Diva Vs Devi -Lata Mangeshkar- a failed Goddess
    If for a moment we forget that she represents the voice of India, then we can see that Lata Mangeshkar also personifies the Indian obsession with the woman on a pedestal. But, although she may have lived up to that image, has she in any way made the ...
  •     Lata Vs Asha- A Never Ending Debate
    Comparisons are odious but they are also inevitable- particularly if you happen to be the two most celebrated Indian singers over last five decades and who, on top, happen to be sisters in real life! Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle. With thousands of...
  •     Bharat Ratna Lata- a true gem of India
    Ms. Lata Dinanath Mangeshkar. Not many critics can argue about her singing genius. In last five decades, she has proved it time and again. The first half of her career is beyond compare. In that era, Anil Biswas, Naushad, Shankar-Jaikishan, C.Ramchan...
  •     Lata - She is Special
    I can still recall that moment vividly - the moment I was hooked on Lata's voice. I must have been a pre-schooler then. Aged five, at the most six. I was playing with a friend near my house. Suddenly an ethereal voice wafted through the air caressin...
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