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Mangeshkars and their enormous contribution to the Indian Film fraternity

Updated: Oct 23, 2021

‘Mangeshkars’, the name itself bears a magnitude, conveying its worth. Mangeshkar's have had created quite an impact upon the Indian Film and music industry. It is no secret that they have etched a benchmark with their overall contribution. To be precise here, their contribution massively rests in the musical arena of the Indian film fraternity, of which, no other clan could compete. Mangeshkars’lineage comprises of the Maharashtrian origin, bearing the paternal side, and Gujarati origin, bearing the maternal side.

The head, Deenanath Mangeshkar (father), made his initial step in the industry only to mark his fame from being a renowned Marathi film actor, a Natya sangeet musician, to being a Hindustani classical Vocalist. A father with abilities catering to multiple fields was ought to be a source of inspiration for his future generation. No wonder his children were able to make a big name for themselves. Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Usha Mangeshkar, Meena Khadikar, and Hridaynath Mangeshkar, can be referred to as the pillars who gave a strong foundation for the industry to expand. Deenanath Mangeshkar had introduced Mangeshkar's name into the industry, and his successors have succeeded in establishing its worth.

Out the all the Mangeshkar siblings, Lata Mangeshkar has undoubtedly deemed a legend. A renowned and respected playback singer, Lata Mangeshkar learned Gujarati folk songs, such as Garbas of Pavagadh from her maternal grandmother. Her career spanned around 6-7 decades, contributing to over a thousand movies, voicing for innumerable songs as a playback singer. With a voice, as soothing as it could be, she managed to touch the hearts of the people all around. The tagline, ‘Nightingale of India’ befits her name. Although her contribution majorly rests in Hindi, Marathi, and Bengali songs, she has given her voice for over 36 Indian languages. One of her legendary songs “Ae Mere WatanKe Logo" had created a magical ambiance, making the masses teary-eyed. “Lag Jaa Gale" is yet another melody whose importance stands strong till date, making people hum to the song with utmost fervor. In addition, She has been a recipient of many awards and accolades, to name a few, Padma Bhushan, Dada SahebPhalke, Bharat Ratna, Legion of honor, etc.

Asha Bhosle is yet another name whose contribution needs a mention. She has successfully gained recognition by giving her voice as a playback singer for the Hindi and Marathi industry. Her career began from 1943, which stretched on to seven long decades, singing songs for over a thousand movies, back to back. Her collection of work is not only limited to this, she had her private albums, and solo concerts around India and abroad, which raised her popularity to heights. In the year 2011, she was acknowledged in the Guinness world of book records for having recorded the highest number of songs in music history. Dada SahebPhalke awards, Padma Vibhusanwere named to her, for her expansive variety in the field of music. “ChuraliyahaiTumne Jo Dilko", “In aakhokimasti" to name a few, touched the romantic side of the masses.

Another singer from the Mangeshkar clan happens to be Usha Mangeshkar. She is known to have given her voice in multiple languages. Not only limited to Hindi and Marathi, she has sung Gujrati, Bengali, Assamese, Nepali, Bhojpuri, and Kannada songs. She has made her reach through the regional languages of the country. Songs from “AplamChaplam”, “Moongda”, “Jhal Jhaliaakha”, to “Ranjangavala Ranjangaon”, etc are snippets of her collection.

The unending list of the Mangeshkar clan continues, as Meena Khadikar is yet a part of the list of another singer. She has contributed to the Hindi and Marathi industry as a playback singer, by equally becoming a composer. “Duniyamein hum Aaye hai”, “Vasant Hasla” are just a few to name from her collection.

Hridaynath Mangeshkar, the only son to Deenanath Mangeshkar, and the youngest brother to his melodious sisters is worth a mention in this musical family since his contribution is no less. As an Indian music director, he has given music to numerous Hindi and Marathi songs. He composed music for Harish Chandra Taramati, Prarthana, Maya Memsaab, Lal Salaam, etc. He was awarded the title pandit and was named Balasaheb for his contribution to the Indian Music industry. His contribution earned him a Padma Shri.

Recognition found its way to the Mangeshkar family. And this recognition was the outcome of their hard work and their zeal for music, as a matter of fact, they were able to create a symphony. A family born of maestros gave the music industry a new name and pushed its scope to the zenith. Out of the siblings, the contribution made by Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle is enormous and much sought after.

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