Mumbai, Sept 28 : Lata Mangeshkar, India's most revered singer celebrated her 79th birth anniversary with family members in her Pune home today.
The melody queen, fondly called Didi by family, fans and admirers, has mesmerised music lovers with her celestial voice for over six decades.
She was last heard in Vikram Bhatt's "1920" where she shared playback credits with Pandit Jasraj and Asha Bhosle, her younger sister.
Lata's father, Master Dinanath Mangeshkar had introduced her to the intricacies of classical music.
After his demise, the entire responsibility of looking after the family fell on her young shoulders and at the age of 13 she was compelled to don the greasepaint and act.
Lata has also acted in a few Marathi films like 'Pahili Mangalagaur', 'Majhe Bal', 'Gaja Bhau' and even in Hindi movies like 'Badi Maa', 'Jeevan Yatra' and 'Samudra Mandir'.
Her playback career started in 1942, but her career graph took off only in 1948 with films like Nagin, Mahal, Madhumati and Baiju bawra.