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Nightingale turns 77

Born in a family of artistes, legendary Lata's voice has maintained its ageless quality, and popularity among her fans. HTSpecial: A tribute to Lata | Wish her

india Updated: Sep 29, 2006 16:26 IST

India's nightingale Lata Mangeshkar on Thursday celebrated her 77th birthday with close family members and friends.

"Lata didi will be at home the entire day, but in the evening she will be attending a music function as the chief guest," family sources said here.

Born in a family of artistes, Lata began singing at the age of 16 and has continued to enthrall audiences since then.

Felicitated with the Bharat Ratna in 2001 and recognised as an icon of Indian music, Lata and her sister Asha Bhonsle have dominated Hindi film music for six decades.

Lata is also listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the most recorded artist in the world with not less than 30,000 solo, duet and chorus-backed songs, recorded in 20 Indian languages between 1948 and 1987.