Lata Mangeshkar is one of the most iconic artists India has ever seen. Regarded by many as the finest female playback singer of the Indian film industry, Lata was born on 28th September, 1929 to an orthodox Maharashtrian family. Music was ingrained in her from a very early age by her father Deenanath Mangeshkar, who was a very famous classical singer. Lata’s mother Shudhamati was a housewife, while her four siblings- Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Usha Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle and Veena Mangeshkar – all are accomplished artists. While Mangeshkar did imbibe important musical skills though her father’s daily classical recitals, it was popular film singer K.L. Saigal who inspired her to take up singing as a serious artistic profession. Lata Mangeshkar started her musical lessons at the age of five. However, it was not until 1942 when she began her career professionally after her father’s sudden demise. Her career spans 62 years and is still going strong. Throughout her career, she has sung over 1,000 Hindi songs. Moreover, she has also sung in over 36 regional and international languages. Mangeshkar was inducted in the Guinness Book of World Records between 1974 and 1991 for rendering voice in over 25,000 solo, duet and chorus tracks. Although these figures were initially contested primarily by the fans of Mohammad Rafi (who is said to have sung over 28,000 songs), it was later established that reigned supreme after all. In addition to her awesome singing portfolio, Lata was also a popular music composer and film producer. She even won the Maharashtra government’s Best Music Director Award for Sadhi Manase back in 1965. Although the list of awards won by Mangeshkar is almost endless, the most prominent of these are The Bharat Ratna, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Dada Saheb Phalke Award. She also won four Filmfare Awards for the Beast Female Playback Singer although she decided to relinquish these awards from 1969 onwards.