15 Songs By Lata Mangeshkar That Gives Insight Into Her Talents

Karthika S Nair | Feb 06 2022
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Lata Mangeshkar earned the title 'Nightingale of India' and 'Queen of Melody' with her profound and charismatic voice which gave life to a lot of memorable songs that were heard across eight decades.
From the 1960s till the early 1990s, she remained an important part of the music industry's identity. She has lent her voice to thousands of songs, in over thirty-six Indian languages and a few foreign languages, though primarily in Hindi and Marathi.
Lataji earned several accolades for her work, notably the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, and is only the second vocalist, after M. S. Subbulakshmi, to get the same.
She belongs to a family of singers; Meena Khadikar, Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar, and Hridaynath Mangeshkar.

Lata Mangeshkar succumbed to complications linked to COVID-19 infection as well as an age-related issue. To celebrate her life and achievements, it is important to remember some of her best songs that give an idea about how talented and profound she was.

1, 'Ae Mere Watan Ke Logon'

Lata Mangeshkar sang this song as a tribute to fallen martyrs of war and soldiers. Her voice moved the former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to tears. This remains her best song to date.

2, 'Satyam Shivam Sundaram'

The main character of the film Roopa (Zeenat Aman) is loosely inspired by Lata Mangeshkar herself, a woman with a haunting voice that wakes people to a beautiful sunrise.

3, 'Lag Jaa Gale'

'Lag Jaa Gale' is undoubtedly one of the most re-created songs sung by Lataji. In the movie, lip-synched effectively by late actress Sadhna.

4, 'Jaa Re. Ja Re Ud Jare Panchi'

One of her best and the most addicting songs from the black and white era.

5, 'Chalte Chalte'

Meena Kumari mouths the song in her all-time great blockbuster film 'Pakeezah.' Lataji captures the vulnerability of the character with the effective lyrics.

6, 'Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya'

It is important to pen a piece about Lataji's works and not include this piece of gem from the film 'Mughal-E-Aazam.' The song captures the woman's fearlessness in love and her defiance before the authorities. 'Pyaar Kiya Toh Darna Kya' is one of the songs that will be remembered across generations.

7, 'Ae Dil E Naadan'

'Ae Dil-E-Nadan' is one of the greatest songs by Lataji from the film 'Razia Sulthana.' It captures the essence of Razia Sultana's era.

8, 'Tere Bina Zindagi Mein Koi'

This song has been re-created and performed by different artists but it stands nowhere close to the original rendition by Lataji.

9, 'Na Jaane Kyun'

The song covers the days of a working independent woman living in the city who also longs for her lover. It gives you an insight into the life of Mumbaikars during the 1970s.

10, 'Neela Aasman' 

This song covers the life of a woman who resigns herself to the idea of losing her lover. Lataji's voice captures the pain and anguish suffered by Chandni (Rekha). 

11, 'Teri Aakhon'

The song is sung by Lataji in a film about a blind woman who charms her loved one with her song.

12, 'Tu Jahan Jahan Chalega'

This song represents the shadow that is filled by the void left by Lataji's passing.

13, 'Kabhi Kabhi'

This haunting music is from Yash Chopra's all-time great directorial venture, featuring an ensemble cast.

14, 'Joot Bole Kowa Kaate'

This is a fun song featured as a banter between Raju (Rishi Kapoor) and Bobby (Dimple Kapadia). This is a different type of performance by Lataji.

15, 'Aa Phir Jeena Ki Tamanna Hai'

This feel-good song is suitable to listen to during any occasion. Waheeda Rahman and Devanand's chemistry is what works in the song.