Celebrities shower wishes on Lata Mangeshkar on 90th birthday


NEW DELHI: Music sensation Lata Mangeshkar has been the playback voice behind a number of artistes in the Bollywood industry and to wish her on her 90th birthday, scores of celebrities showered love and praises on the “unforgettable voice of India.”

From veteran actor Anil Kapoor to composer AR Rahman, everyone took to social media to extend wishes to the singer.

“Happy Birthday, Lata Mangeshkar ji, you will forever remain the unmatchable & unforgettable voice of India. Thank you for all the melodies & memories!” Anil tweeted.

Lata’s sister Asha Bhosle, also a playback singer, tweeted an old throwback picture of the two with a shot yet beautiful message, “For me, every day is special with Didi.”

Actor Rishi Kapoor, who returned to India a few days back from New York, shared a happy picture of his family posing with the legend and tweeted, “Wish you a very Happy Birthday-our best wishes from the family to you dearest Lata ji. Utmost respect, love and regards!”

Actor-turned politician Hema Malini not only wished her a healthy and happy birthday, but also called her an “inspiration”.”Lata didi’s bday! God bless her with many more healthy years! She has brot me much joy & is an inspiration for me as she is for millions,” Hema tweeted.

The two have shared a “special equation” for many years and the ‘Sholay’ actors call it an “honour to be associated” with Lata, she added in her tweet.

Legendary actor Dharmendra put out a video message on social media to wish the singing sensation through a poem.”You make us happy, whenever I am sad I listen to your song – ‘Agar mujse mohabbat hai, mujhe sab apne gham de do,'” he said in the clip.

Esha Deol, Urmila Matondkar, and Madhur Bhandarkar among others also wished the Bharat Ratna.

Born on September 28, 1929, singer and occasional music composer Lata Mangeshkar is one of the best-known and most respected playback singers in the country.

The recipient of three National Film Awards, 12 Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards, four Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards and many more, Mangeshkar began her career in 1942. Her career spans over seven decades.

Amitabh Bachchan

Lata Mangeshkar is the name of the pious flow of consciousness, said veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan as he wished the legendary singer on her 90th birthday and added that her voice is comparable to that of “saints.”

“Respects Lata ji. There are many relationships in life which can’t be measured in some terms. Neither the giver can account for the things given nor can the receiver. There aren’t any negotiations or counts, no formalities or limits,” the legendary actor said in a video he dedicated to Lata on her birthday on Saturday, which roughly translates to this.

In the seven-minute-long video, the 76-year old even shared how he wanted to share the message in Marathi, but his imperfect language might have sounded scary to the birthday girl and so he opted for Hindi.

“Be it Marathi or Hindi, Punjabi or Bengali, Awadhi or Urdu, each language has an uncanny condition – just utter how much the words can say!” he said. (ANI)

Lata, who began her career in 1942, has been a recipient of three National Film Awards, 12 Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards, four Filmfare Best Female Playback Awards. (ANI)