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Lata Mangeshkar

In this file photo, Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor along with family members and legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar at a function on the occasion of Dinanath Mangeshkar's 72nd death anniversary in Mumbai. Kapoor lost his battle with cancer and died at a hospital in Mumbai.

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Members of Sanskriti Bachao Manch perform Maha Mrityunjaya Yagna for the speedy recovery of legendry playback singer and Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar, at Durga Mandir in Bhopal.

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Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar during a book release function at her residence in Mumbai.

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Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis along with Bollywood vetern actress Sulochna (L) Jackie Shroff (R) and Hridaynath Mangeshkar (2nd L) releases the book 'Best of Lata' to mark the 90th birthday celebration of Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar, in Mumbai

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Image released on Twitter, shows Home Minister Amit Shah releasing a compilation of portraits of Lata Mangeshkar from the archives of Gautam Rajadhyaksha on the eve of her birthday.

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Image released on Twitter, shows Home Minister Amit Shah releasing a compilation of portraits of Lata Mangeshkar from the archives of Gautam Rajadhyaksha on the eve of her birthday.

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Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan greets Bharat Ratna receipient Lata Mangeshkar on her 89th birthday at her residence, in Mumbai.

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BJP President Amit Shah meet singer Lata Mangeshkar during party's 'Sampark for Samarthan' campaign to generate awareness about the NDA government's achievements, in Mumbai.

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis felicitating noted music composer Hridaynath Mangeshkar as legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar looks on at a function at Dadar in Mumbai.

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When some in the Wem­bley audience booed A.R. Rahman for singing in Tamil, Lata Man­­g­eshkar step­ped in, slamming the ‘int­­­ol­­er­ance’, then pro­udly recalling her bilingual hits with Salil Chaudhury and Hemant Kumar, as well as her regional classics.

RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, Vyjayanthimala, Lata Mangeshkar and Usha Mangeshkar during the Master Deenanath Mangeshkar's 75th death anniversary at Shanmukhanand Hall, in Mumbai.

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Lata Mangeshkar, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, former Indian cricketer Kapil Dev, Vyjayanthimala and Bollywood actor Amir Khan among others pay tribute to Kishori Aminkar during Master Deenananth Mangeshkar's 75th death anniversary at Shanmukhanand Hall, in Mumbai.

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Lata Mangeshkar, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat and Bollywood actor Amir Khan during the Master Deenananth Mangeshkar's 75th death anniversary at Shanmukhanand Hall, in Mumbai.

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RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat being felicitated by Lata Mangeshkar during the Dinanath Mangeshkar 75th death anniversary, in Mumbai.

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Renowned singer Asha Bhosle performs at a function in Varanasi.

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Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand sculpture to wish legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar on ther 87th Birthday in Ratnagiri District, Maharashtra.

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Legendary singer Asha Bhosle along with singer Mika Singh and music director Wajid Ali pose for media during the celebration of World Music Day on the set of reality show 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa' in Mumbai.

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Tanmany Bhat seen ­impersonating the two celebrities

A newspaper shows faces of two iconic figures, Sachin Tendulkar, left, and Lata Mangeshkar, right, that are seen superimposed on comedian Tanmay Bhat's face, taken from a video he posted mocking them, in Mumbai,Maharashtra.

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Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar during an Independence day celebration in Mumbai.

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Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar along with actor Rishi Kapoor and his family members Ranbir (L) Ridhima (R)and Neetu Kapoor (2nd R) at a function on the occasion of Dinanath Mangeshkar's 72nd death anniversary in Mumbai.

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Lata Mangeshkar with Nehru, Jan 1963

Anna Hazare receives Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Award from Lata Mangeshkar, on the 72nd death anniversory of her father in Mumbai.

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Lata Mangeshkar presents "Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Award" to tabla maestro Zakir Hussain in Mumbai.

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Sachin Tendulkar offers an autographed jersey to Lata Mangeshkar during an event in Mumbai.

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BJP's PM Candidate Narendra Modi and veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar during 'Ae Mere Vatan Ke Logo' a programme to pay tributes to Indian soldiers in Mumbai. 27th Jan is also the 51st anniversary of the song.

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Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar with her siblings, from left Usha, Asha, Meena and Hridaynath, during the inauguration of Dinanath Mangeshkar Superspeciality Hospital in Pune.

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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi with Lata Mangeshkar during the inauguration of Dinanath Mangeshkar Superspeciality Hospital in Pune.

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Veteran playback singer Lata Mangeshkar recieves an award from Information & Boadcasting Minister, Manish Tewari during the Yash Chopra National Memorial awards night in Mumbai.

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Veteran playback singer Lata Mangeshkar recieves an award from Information & Boadcasting Minister, Manish Tewari also seen in the picture (L to R) T Subbarami Reddy, Anil Kapoor, Simi Garewal, Hema Malini, Rani Mukherjee during the Yash Chopra National Memorial awards night in Mumbai.

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Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar pays tributes to her father Master Dinanath Mangeshkar during his death anniversary in Mumbai.

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Let him be Lata with Sachin at a function to felicitate him

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Family Keepsakes mangeshkar siblings in full flow—(from left) Pt Hridaynath, Meena Khadikar, Usha, Asha Bhonsle and Lata—at the Pt Hridayanath Mangeshkar awa­rds. Going by the look of the twisted metalwork, did Ashaji win something spe­cial? Possibly not; Lataji extracts an equal pleasure out of the whole glitter.

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Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar felicitates her sister Asha Bhonsle along with Usha Mangeshkar in Mumbai.

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Lata Mangeshkar with Nita Ambani and Amitabh Bachchan at the launch of her music company LM Music in Mumbai.

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1960: Ravi Shankar and Lata Mangeshkar, the vocalist on Anuradha's soundtrack, and directing the ensemble

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In this file photo Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray honours singer Lata Mangeshkar during the Maharashtra Day celebrations in Mumbai on May 2, 2010.

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Residents and members of Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal, the apex Marathi film body, protest against Singer Lata Mangeshkar's decision of selling the Jayprabha Studio, at Kolhapur in Maharashtra.

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Director Kamal Amrohi with Lata Mangeshkar

Actress Madhuri Dixit (R) greets legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar while receiving Deenanath Mangeshkar award from her at a function in Mumbai on Tuesday.

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Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray and legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar during Deenanath Mangeshkar awards ceremony in Mumbai on Tuesday.

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Warble And Trill The haunting mellifluence in the voice has held entire generations in thrall to India’s Nightingale, but even the unconditional surrender of a billion souls to Lata is too paltry a recompense.

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Singer Lata Mangeshkar being felicitated by actor Amitabh Bachchan at the first Hridaynath Award, on her 82nd birthday in Mumbai.

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Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar being felicitated by actor Dharmendra during "Shiv-Gaurav Puraskar" ceremony in Thane on April 24.

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Lata Mangeshkar being kissed by Rekha during the launch of music album 'Sarhadein-Music Beyond Boundaries' in Mumbai on Tuesday evening.

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Lata Mangeshkar honoured with the first ''Swarbhaskar'' award, instituted in memory of Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, by well known Kathak dancer Sitara Devi, in Pune.

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File photo of Legendary Vocalist Pandit Bhimsen Joshi with legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar. Joshi passed away at a Pune hospital after a prolonged illness.

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Veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar with her sister Usha (L) release a calendar "A Musical Journey – Lata Mangeshkar" at her residence in Mumbai.

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Veteran singer and Bharat Ratna awardee Lata Mangeshkar with actress Kajol during the 68th death anniversary function of her father Dinanath Mangeshkar, at Shanmukhanand hall in Mumbai.

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Lata Mangeshkar sings Ai mere watan ke logon, bringing Nehru to tears in 1963

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Singing legend Lata Mangeshkar and French Ambassador to India Jérôme Bonnafont after the former was conferred the 'Officier de la Legion d'honneur', France's highest civilian award by the French Ambassador, in Mumbai on Wednesday night.

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Singing legend Lata Mangeshkar and actress Kittu Gidwani during a function to felicitate the former with the 'Officier de la Legion d'honneur', France's highest civilian award, in Mumbai on Wednesday night.

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Music director Pyarelal of the Laxmikant-Pyarelal fame greets Lata Mangeshkar at Shanmukhanand Hall in Mumbai.

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Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar releases her niece Radha's (R) debut album titled 'Naav Maza Shami' at Dinanath Mangeshkar Natya Mandir in Mumbai.

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Lata and Asha

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Lata MangeshkarThe world's most recorded singer (well over 50,000 songs in five decades), Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar's (1929-) first song came when she was barely 14 and struggling, fatherless, to bring up her siblings. By the time she was 30, she became, as Time described her," the undisputed and indispensable queen of Indian playback singing", admired in equal measure by the doyens of classical music to the average listener. A position still unchallenged.

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