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Happy Birthday! Singing queen Lata Mangeshkar turns 83

PTI  New Delhi, September 28, 2012
First Published: 10:20 IST(28/9/2012) | Last Updated: 10:47 IST(1/10/2012)

Like every year, melody queen Lata Mangeshkar, who turns 83, plans to keep her birthday a simple and quiet affair, away from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai.

The legend, who ruled the golden period of Indian cinema music for almost seven decades, says she is not singing much these days as she does not relate to modern music.

Mangeshkar, whose voice has been equated to the 'Voice of God,' however, has no regrets about the changes in the music scene and finds it "inevitable."

"Change is inevitable in this world. The era between 1947 to 1995 in film industry was different. I was part of this era. I don't relate to the present era and this is natural. I have nothing against it. Everything has changed, the films, the actors and the music," Lata told PTI in an interview, ahead of her 83rd birthday.

Asked about her plans for birthday, the icon said, "I don't believe in birthday celebrations. Like every year, I will be out of the town. I will leave Mumbai a day before my birthday."

The Bharat Ratna awardee has recorded songs for over a thousand Hindi films and has sung in over 36 regional and foreign languages. Though the singing has become less over the years, Lata has no plans to retire.



"I still sing but only those songs that I like. The only difference is that I will not sing something that I don't like."

A lot has changed in the film industry over the years but there are people Lata considers close to her like Yash Chopra and Amitabh Bachchan.



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