Having started at the age of 13, Lata Mangeshkar has been singing for nearly seven decades, mesmerising millions with her golden voice. She has sung for four generations of heroines; an unparalleled phenomenon in Hindi cinema.
And while she no longer sings as much and as often as she used to, at least not in Hindi films, there's no taking the music out of the country's favourite songstress. The legend, who turned a glorious 83 on the 28th of last month, is now gearing up to launch her very own music label next month.
A source from the music industry told TOI , "Lata didi lives for music, and she has been working on this plan for long. Initially, she was to launch her music label this month but due to the big tragedy in the family, it was postponed."
Indeed, words cannot begin to describe the Mangeshkar family's tragic loss. On the eighth of this month, Lata's sister Asha Bhosle's 56-year-old daughter Varsha Bhosle committed suicide at their Peddar Road residence, Prabhu Kunj. A pall of gloom descended upon the Mangeshkar home. Both sisters were in deep shock and grief and for days on end, had stopped appearing in public altogether . Needless to say, the launch got delayed.
Lata's music label won't be associated with film songs. Said the source, "She has had enough of film songs to her credit. The music label associated with nonfilm songs is entirely her brainchild ." And it will be a business enterprise.
An official announcement in this regard is expected sometime early next month.